CityShapers - Bringing Free Civic Literacy & Civic Agency Workshops to Your Classroom

This hands-on Pro-D workshop will walk you through CityHive's CityShapers program, a civic education workshop series now available for free across Metro Vancouver High Schools. CityShapers offers place-based, interactive, knowledge-to-action workshops designed for High School students to explore the complex challenges and opportunities in city planning with a focus on building students' civic agency through an equity and social justice lens. 

After briefly reviewing the program's learning outcomes, highlights, and offerings, lead facilitator Olivia Shaw will guide you through sample workshop activities and mini action projects so that Teachers have a first-hand account of the student participant's workshop experience. Teachers will walk away with a bonus list of teaching resources and one of CityShapers Civic Agency Learning Tools. 

CityHive's CityShapers program supports Teachers in preparing young people with the knowledge, skills, and agency to become responsibly engaged residents in their local communities and city. Workshops cover curricular content related to federal and provincial government with a local action-based approach to addressing the social and environmental issues youth care about. 

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Target Audience

Secondary school teachers


Friday 10:50 AM - 12:20 PM
Room LIB 7301

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    Olivia Shaw

    Olivia is a passionate educator and community builder with experience teaching in BC’s public education system as well as in arts/culture institutions and nonprofits. She came westward from her hometown of Montreal to pursue a BSc. and later a B.Ed. at UBC, which launched her into classroom teaching across a wide range of subjects in French and English. She has created educational programming for the Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and has more recently developed CityHive’s CivEd Programs in an effort to build the capacity and agency of Vancouver’s young people so that they are equipped to address and engage with the issues that matter to them. The program is in its pilot phase this year, and Olivia is excited to support Teachers and their students by bringing this innovative workshop experience into classrooms in a way that is financially accessible, respectful, and energizing.