Some idealistic educators had a great idea
Some idealistic educators had a great idea: to create a bilingual, non-partisan youth education program to promote understanding of the role and function of our national government and the meaning of Canadian citizenship. The idea was to have young leaders interact with national leaders on Parliament Hill. The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government was incorporated to make this idea a reality.
The First Forum for Young Canadians
The first Forum for Young Canadians ("Forum") was run in March at Ashbury College, with 100 high school students (aged 15-19 years) from all over the country in attendance. Three more week-long sessions would take place that year.
The Foundation created the Forum Teachers' Conference
The Foundation created the Forum Teachers' Conference which offered teachers the same week of intense activity on Parliament Hill and other national facilities as the Forum students, making it one of the best professional development conferences in the country on learning the processes of government.
The Foundation created its first international program for students and teachers
The Foundation created its first international program for students and teachers from eleven countries around the world who had attended, along with the Canadian team, the "World Parliament of Children" in Paris in 1999. Together, they attended Forum and presented the World Parliament of Children's "Youth Manifesto of the 21st Century" to the Parliament of Canada.
The Foundation created the Canada-U.S. Youth Forum
The Foundation created the Canada-U.S. Youth Forum in partnership with the University of Ottawa. This program, for which participants can receive academic credit, was developed along the lines of Forum's educational "hands-on" approach, but with more emphasis on issues relevant to the bilateral relationship between Canada and the United States. The program brings together primarily university-aged students from both countries for a one-week forum.
The Foundation partnered with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
The Foundation partnered with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin to launch the Canadian-German Young Leaders Forum. This program, which the Foundation ran jointly with the ICD until 2006, gave young business, government and academic leaders from both countries (aged 28-38) a practical understanding not only of the processes of government at an international level but also of the international community in which governments operate.
Forum for Young Canadians turns 40
The Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary.