Youth are not given adequate attention as future leaders
Consequently, students lack the training and experience necessary to realize their visions in the field of government, policymaking and advocacy.
Youth also become increasingly uninterested in a field where their voices are not valued.
Politics must include more youth who will face the effects of decisions being made today.
Equip youth with the skills necessary to excel in government and advocacy
We at UTP aim to educate and challenge students interested in policymaking by holding training workshops as well as other career-building events and socials. Our policy stream directors will equip you with the skills necessary to prep your knowledge in policies and how to write an outstanding brief.
We also hold an annual Policython every March where students put their knowledge to the test. This event combines the educational insight offered by MUNs and the fast- paced, high pressure nature of hackathons to allow students to put their abilities and skills to the test in a fun and fulfilling way. At the end of the event, participants will have created a policy brief to be judged by experts and potentially awarded.
What is Policython?
A hybrid event to give U of T students an opportunity to challenge their skills, and our current federal institutions. Teams will write a policy brief on a prompt of the stream of their choice and have it submitted to a panel of industry professionals and professors for judging. Exceptional ones can be sent to a real policymaker!
WHAT EVENTS DOES UTP OFFER?
Although Policython is UTP's headline event, we offer various programming and workshops focused on policymaking, political engagement, and networking. UTP's events include Fireside Chats with industry professionals, policy writing workshops, and social events.
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WhEN IS POLICYTHON 2023?
Policython 2023 will take place between March 9, 2023 - March 12, 2023. Early bird registration will open in January.
HOW MUCH ARE THE FEES?
Early bird registration for Policython 2023 will be open between Jan. 9 - Jan. 23, 2023 and will be $15.00CAD; regular registration will be open from Feb. 3 - Feb. 27 and will cost $20.00CAD. All revenue is used for internal funding and to enhance the quality of our events. UTP acknowledges the financial barriers that exist in academic and governmental fields; if you have any concerns about the fees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UofT Policython is the first and only event of its kind in Canada, and provides a valuable opportunity to student seeking to gain experience in the policy sector and make connections with like-minded peers and professionals. UTP is geared up for a year filled with immersive and engaging events, and to expand its reach to student across Toronto.