Set Two: Root Causes of Poverty (ages 13-15)


These workshops build off of the first set, though not mandatory, we encourage groups to work together so that kids can participate in them all. This set is designed to help youth begin to understand the complexities of our social system and how things impact people differently. You can register here.

Workshop 4:

Poverty & Housing Insecurity

Key Message:


There are many factors that contribute to someone’s experience.

Poverty is the result of systematic barriers and cycles of oppression, not individuals fault.


Big Questions: 

  • How can we use empathy as a tool in getting to the root causes of poverty?

  • What are the root causes of poverty? Why is poverty not an individual issue?   

  • Why is affordable housing important?

Workshop 5:

Wealth Inequality in Canada

Key Message:


The rich get richer and the poor get poorer as fewer people accumulate the majority of Canada’s wealth and the middle shrinks closer to the bottom. This growing gap exacerbates many barriers people already experience to living a healthy life. 

Big Questions: 

  • In what ways does economic inequality affect people? How does economic inequality affect people differently? 

  • What led to wealth inequality? And what systems are keeping, and worsening this inequality? 

Workshop 6:

Charity V.S Social Justice 

Key Message: 


Both charity and social justice deal with societal problems. But they are different from each other in important ways. Justice solutions to societal problems are rarely simple, and we need to engage our city councillors in the discussion.


Big Questions: 

  • What are the root causes of poverty?

  • What is the difference between charity and social justice

  • Why is it so important to differentiate the two?

  • What causes societal problems? How can we address the root causes of societal problems?