Youth and Community Leadership

Changing the world through social action and innovation

The Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership (BYCL) degree will empower you to make positive and meaningful contribution to your community.

Become an agile leader

The BYCL is a proposed new degree, unlike any other degree in Australasia, and will be offered for the first time in 2020.

The degree will develop professional leadership and entrepreneurial skills for anyone passionate about issues such as sustainability, human rights, equality, and humanitarian efforts. It will equip you to be a resilient and agile leader in a changing world, qualified to lead yourself and others toward beneficial social change. Not only that, you will have enormous flexibility to build a degree that is exactly what you want it to be.

Connect for change

The University of Canterbury (UC) is well placed to lead such an innovative degree. After the 2011 earthquakes, the UC Student Volunteer Army gained international acclaim for their determined and inspiring work within the Christchurch community. Soon after, UC developed the CHCH101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation course, led by Associate Professor Billy O’Steen.

Over seven years, 750 students have contributed over 25,000 hours of service to more than 50 community organisations and government agencies. CHCH101 has attracted international students from Japan, Vanuatu, and the USA.

 The BYCL degree will build on this history. Community engagement is central to the degree with opportunities to create group projects and connect with UC’s community in Ōtautahi Christchurch, including marae visits with local iwi, volunteer efforts with the Student Volunteer Army, and work with the Children’s University.

UC will also offer a Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership, that will be available on campus, or by distance study, for students studying from beyond Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Make an impact

This degree will help meet a growing need for innovative leaders who can make an impact on national and global challenges faced by youth and other communities.

Both the Bachelor’s degree and the Certificate will specifically appeal to:

  • Iwi and Pasifika youth and other cultural leaders
  • Activists aiming to bring about political or social change
  • Humanitarians promoting better wellbeing
  • Social entrepreneurs.
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