CAN Leadership Training

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs


What will I learn in the CAN leadership program?

The CAN leadership training program includes learning about the big picture and building personal 'capacity' skills.

Big picture learning includes:

  • Root causes of poverty.
  • Levels of government and how we make change.
  • Importance of grassroots and community involvement to impact change.
  • Poverty reduction plan and strategy for BC and Vancouver.
  • Introduction to key campaigns from community leaders.
  • Guest speakers and more!

Targeted skill building includes: 

  • Public speaking: crafting your story.
  • Media spokesperson training: best practises & your rights.
  • Linking your lived experience to impactful advocacy for change.
  • Opportunities for action in the PRC Community Action Network.
  • Further resources on training for change and community organizing. 

What are the entrance requirements?

  • Passion for change and the ability to commit to the entire program is important.
  • Applications are open to those who have experienced poverty.
  • Space is limited.
  • Spaces are first come first served and at the discretion of the program staff.
  • No previous education or training required.
  • Content geared for diverse learning styles and abilities.
  • CAN will be offered in English.

Further Details About CAN...

  • Mainly small group learning in a comfortable community space.
  • Many opportunities for active participation!

Who should join CAN?

  • A diversity of people who have experienced poverty in different ways.
  • Priority registration for people living in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.
  • People who have experienced poverty from the following groups:
  • Seniors, Indigenous and racialized folks, women, parents in poverty;
  • Single mothers, folks living with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ2S, gender non-specific folks.
  • Folks who have experienced any of the following
  • Low wage work, precarious work, low welfare and disability rates;
  • Access to education issues, not enough to eat, mental health issues and poverty;
  • Health issues and poverty, childcare challenges, child poverty, homelessness and/or risk of homelessness.

 When does the program start?

  • Please get in touch with us to find out about the next CAN.
  • CAN runs for seven weeks.
  • There will be no more than one workshop per week.
  • Workshops take place on Saturdays from 10:30-2:00pm

When do the workshops take place?

  • Workshops will take place on Saturdays so everyone can attend.
  • Saturday workshops run from 10:30-2:00pm with morning coffee, lunch and breaks.
  • There will be a graduation luncheon and party in the seventh week.

Where will the program take place?

  • Please email to find out about the next session of CAN.

Do I have to attend the whole program?

  • Yes. The expectation is that registered participants attend all the workshops.
  • If you have to miss a workshop for a valid reason, please let us know.

Are supports available to take this program?

  • Yes. Healthy food, drinks, transportation, and childcare coverage available for all workshops.
  • Eligibility for child care coverage includes direct custody of children in your care.
  • Transportation coverage available to those who do not have subsidized transit passes.
  • If you have unique needs, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can ensure your successful participation.
  • Please contact us directly here. We look forward to hearing from you.




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