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 had a big impact on how I think when overcoming obstacles. Before, I though that it’s better to leave things alone rather than to overcome difficulties. Now, I know that it’s worth it to keep pushing through setbacks because it can get you to a better place than before.
The impacts of Youth Inspire Community Day are astounding. I don’t think many people realize how reassuring it can be to have people talk about their struggles and how they overcame them. I didn’t know how helpful this event would be until I joined. I was immediately engaged by all the excited vibes and energy I could feel from the speakers! My heart goes out to everyone who participated and…
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!

DTBY Events

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