DTBY helps youth thrive, not just survive.

What would the world be like if we all chose to rise above our self-doubt, fears, and make our mark?

Dare to be Youth Charity (DTBY) empowers high school students and young adults (14-24) in the Halton/Hamilton regions and beyond to unlock their potential through peer mentorship and leadership initiatives.

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it’s a movement dedicated to empowering 14-24 year olds

our programs

These programs help young people thrive by capitalizing on their strengths to build and grow a healthy foundation of resilience to navigate life’s challenges.

join our community

Our long-term goal is to see businesses and people within our community continue to be engaged and contribute so that we can sustain giving in an even bigger way.

invest in youth

Whether it’s $25 or $5 a month, your donations help build positive relationships and build community engagement through various volunteer and leadership opportunities today’s youth wouldn’t otherwise have through various personal development, volunteer, and leadership opportunities.
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CYC embraces the movement of purpose, authenticity, and most importantly peer mentorship. We are stronger together.

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student volunteer initiatives

An opportunity for highschool students to participate and engage in meaningful community service initiatives, paying forward the action of giving back.

peer networking and community engagement

Are you part of a youth leadership group? Join our peer-to-peer network to engage with our CYC and build community with an inspiring network of peers.

Community Youth Council for youth inspire program grads

Youth will be invited to join the CYC, providing them with further opportunity to take a leadership role and drive change.

financial wellness & resilience series

This series focuses on helping youth get set up for a life of financial wellness, and on how to be resilient during financial challenges.

youth inspire community day replay

This year’s virtual event has ended. However, not to worry. We will be making the recording available in the coming weeks.

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We are stronger together.

Follow us on instagram @cycforchange to join us as we build community.

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Youth Inspire Community Day is an opportunity for students to work towards a common goal – strengthening leadership skills, as well as applying resilience to everyday life. This is taught through the real life experiences of guest speakers, activities, and discussions among peers. This day impacts and resonates with the students positively, having learned about failure, ownership, and change. This day inspires those to achieve great things, and to always…
From attending this, I’ve learned that so much is being done to support our youth and I’m truly grateful for that. Not just form personal experience but first hand seeing its impact on others and I’m so happy its for the better. Its helping give youth a better chance and understanding as well as promoting resilience, leadership and growth!
Youth Inspire Community Day has inspired me to take leadership and help out my community members. I may be too young to start a business now, but I can slowly grow my resilience and motivation so that I can accomplish these larger goals in the near future.

DTBY Events

Checkout some of our exciting upcoming events! There’s always a lot going on.