Local Programs

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Youth building social capital

The very heart and soul of CISV, Junior Branch (JB) comprises young local CISVers between the ages of 11-25, who develop intercultural and leadership skills through educational and social activities. Juniors manage their own activities and take an active role in the administrative responsibilities of their chapters. Operating through a network at the national and international level, Juniors organize their own programs on a wide variety of themes, such as social justice and the environment. Junior Branch activities are aimed at building community, developing skills and promoting peace through education.

Ottawa-area youth involved in the JB have opportunities to:

  • develop an awareness of international affairs, the global environment and their own society
  • maintain contact with old friends in the Ottawa chapter as well as meet new ones
  • attend monthly activities that promote the CISV philosophy and which are educational and fun
  • be elected to the JB Exec
  • gain leadership skills
  • earn high school community involvement credits

The JB Exec meets the each month. Meetings start at 7:00 and last between 60-90 minutes. The location of meetings changes from month to month as members take turns hosting the meetings in their home. Please contact us to request more information on our JB.

In addition to the monthly planning meetings, the JB organizes a monthly activities. They also organize three local mini-camps every year. There is a two-day camp in October, a five-day camp during the Christmas school break and a three-day camp during the long weekend in May.

At CISV camps, participants learn about peace and related themes through experience, discussion and exchange. Throughout the camp there is a balance of physical activities, arts and crafts, thought-provoking activities and simulations. Participants must be prepared to do some thinking and discussing on a wide variety of topics that span anything from racism to honesty to communication.

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Building partnerships with local communities

Local communities are microcosms of the global context. CISV’s local programs use the same principles as its international programs to connect people in a meaningful way with their local communities. 

Mosaic is a project-based program which empowers individuals and chapters to be agents of change, reach out, and involve as many people as possible. Each project is a separate CISV experience that relates to a local need and interest and involves a different target group. It does not have to be in a camp setting, as with many CISV programs, but is designed according to the needs and abilities of the CISV chapter. Using the three phase educational approach of discover, understand and create, local members develop projects in conjunction with like minded organizations or community groups. The aim is to create an authentic learning experience for participants and deliver a benefit to the wider community.

Age All ages
Duration Up to one year
Size of group No limits


Check the Calendar of Events for the next Mosaic event in Ottawa. Contact the Mosaic Committee for further details.

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