Creating communities to be proud of


Growing Futures at a Glance

Growing Futures is a youth program of The Parkdale Food Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The program was born in 2016 when the Executive Director and Centre Manager of Parkdale returned from a conference in Banff on Economic Inequality noticing an important voice missing from the conversation: youth! 

Our program supports youth to hone their skills as Solutionaries and invites youth to create their own solutions to complex issues.

A Solutionary is someone who sees opportunity where other people see challenges. A Solutionary is a community builder.


What We Do

Through our dynamic, COVID-safe workshops we uplift the youth of Ottawa and support them in shifting from what's wrong with our communities to what's strong within them.

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Supporting youth in naming the systemic causes of inequalities & inequities and spotting the root causes of community issues.


Building a strong sense of belonging by connecting youth with members of the community such as business owners!


Helping youth maintain a Solutionary mindset in tackling complex issues, as they discover the entry points for collective action that fit for them!


“I'm inviting you to have a seat at my table. And it's an honor to be able to have a seat at our table and for us to open up in this way and for us to feel safe enough to have these conversations and share them with you.”

On Conversations That Heal



Upcoming Events

  • Everybody Eats- Food Access in our Communities
    Online Conversation
    May 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Online Conversation
    Join Karin and Morissa for a chat about how people access food in your community, how and why!
  • Keep Calm and Curry On
    Online Cooking Workshop
    May 26, 5:20 p.m.
    Online Cooking Workshop
    Do you love thai style curry? Want to learn how to make a simple, affordable an delicious dinner? You are in the right place, friend.

Contact Growing Futures

Get in touch with Growing Futures to learn more about our work and how we can collaborate!

2-30 Rosemount Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1P4


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