Here are some common questions about CYWC.
What does CYWC stand for? (and what's its history?)
CYWC stands for Canadian Youth Workers Conference.
Darian Kovaks lead the first Canadian Youth Workers Convention in 2007 in Vancouver, BC, as a collaboration between Youth Specialties and Canada Fire. It originally began as a once a year national conference that rotated between Vancouver and Toronto. In 2009, Marv Penner became the president of Youth Specialties Canada and he and Lois Penner ran the conference until 2013. In 2013, Marv partnered with Sid Koop and Truth Matters Ministries, and CYWC became a regional conference in 6 different locations across Canada. Last year, almost 2000 youth workers and organizational representatives attended CYWC in Abbotsford, Kelowna, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Moncton. Our mission is to love youth by loving and equipping youth workers across Canada.
Our Challenge (the burden on our hearts)
Our Purpose (what is in our hearts)
Our Mission (what we want to complete through action)
Where will CYWC events be held this year?
Winnipeg, MB – November 2-3/18
Montreal, QC – November 9-10/18
Moncton, NB – November 23-24/18
Saskatoon, SK – January 25-26, 2019
Abbotsford, BC – February 1-2/19
Edmonton, AB – March 1-2/19
What are Critical Concerns, Soul Care and Learning Labs?
CRITICAL CONCERNS (FRIDAY 9:00-4:30pm) It’s strategic, in depth training for all youth workers. This is great to do along with the leaders of your ministry/church (those who are the strategic thinkers and culture shapers of your ministry). Friday is a day of intense teaching from the front, with time to process around your tables. We encourage you to bring your entire team to think together through the big picture issues in youth ministry.
SOUL CARE (FRIDAY 7:00-9:45pm) As a youth worker, you are constantly feeding into the souls of your youth…now it’s time for us to return the favour. Friday night’s main session and learning labs are exclusively focused on renewing your relationship with Christ.
LEARNING LABS (SATURDAY 9:00-4:30pm) Main sessions to encourage plus smaller classroom environments to equip you with very practical and tools oriented teaching. Learning labs are meant to appeal to all youth workers, paid and volunteer as well as anyone who has a vested interest in ministering to youth in their local context.
Do I want to attend BOTH Friday (Critical Concerns) and Friday evening/Saturday (Soul Care + Learning Labs)?
Is lunch provided?
Is there a registration cap?
Who is CYWC for?
I'm interested in partnering with CYWC events...
Are there early bird or group rates?
We will be increasing prices one week prior to each event (so the Critical Concerns registration increases to $75, Learning Labs registration increases to $65 and the Combo registration increases to $115). We encourage you to register early to help us get a clear idea of numbers for our lunch provider (we want to make sure there’s enough food for you!) and to get the best deal for you and your team.
How can registration be so cheap?
Refunds/Weather cancellation policy
If we are unable to host an event due to weather conditions, payments cannot be refunded. If an event is hosted as scheduled and your group cancels or reduces numbers due to weather conditions, all payments are non-refundable.
What about Ontario?
We’re coming to Ontario in 2019!!!
We love Today’s Teens Conference and this year they have invited us into a partnership to run our Critical Concerns (Friday programming) on Feb 22, 2019 in front of their conference on Feb 23, 2019. Go to our Ontario page for details and Today’s Teens for more info.
What if I need to fly to CYWC?
One of our values is being regional, and eliminating the need for expensive flights and accommodations, and that’s why we’re coming to eight different locations across Canada. We do recognize that some people do need to fly, and as a result we welcome a partnership with Westjet to offer discounts on flights to help with those costs.
Use the Coupon Code: 8B4P6CS and book at www.westjet.com/conventions to take advantage of these savings for flights during the following times:
Travel from: January 18, 2019 to March 11, 2019
January 18 – February 2, 2019 – to/from Saskatoon
January 26 – February 9, 2019 – to/from Abbotsford/Vancouver
February 15 – 29, 2019 – to/from Toronto/Hamilton
February 2 – March, 11, 2019 – to/from Edmonton