EPC IRL 2017

EPC IRL 2017

EPC- IRL Forum

Join us in 2017

The Everyday Political Citizen: IRL Forum (EPC: IRL) is a convening of the country's young advocates, mobilizers and politicos from across political issues and party stripes. 

“IRL”, Internet slang for “in real life”, captures the need to get offline to hold real conversations face-to-face. The forum, for leaders aged 18-29, is a response to an urgent need among our generation to reconnect and grow empathy across geographic, issue-specific and/or partisan divides for a stronger and more effective political culture in our generation.

By participating in the EPC: IRL Forum project, you will have access to:

  • Peer-to-peer mentorship
  • Access to a digital platform for support connections among young leaders
  • Attendance at one of two forums: either in Toronto (February 23-25) or Edmonton (27-29)
Using a nonpartisan approach, the forums will explore the challenges and successes young leaders face in their work and fields to develop tools for even stronger community leadership. They will also bring in political and senior community leaders as mentors for participants to deepen their ability to create impact. Through both forums, Samara hopes to:
  • Build a national community of young leaders working on political change in their communities
  • Provide opportunities for EPCitizens to learn about successful engagement initiatives occurring across the country by sharing their stories of success and learning from each other
  • Support development of the tools needed to support youth-led change
  • Provide a knowledge exchange with political and senior community leaders

Attendance at EPC: IRL is fully funded thanks to the generous support of the RBC Foundation and the Telus Foundation.

Space at each forum is limited. Apply now to join us either in Toronto (February 23-25) or Edmonton (April 27-29), 2017.

The deadline to apply to the EPC: IRL Forums (either Toronto or Edmonton) is January 9th at midnight (PST)!  

Scroll to the section "APPLY NOW" to begin your application. 

Who can participate

To be considered eligible to participate, you must: 

  • Be between the ages of 18-29 as of January 1, 2017
  • Have been nominated as an Everyday Political Citizen between 2013-2016
  • Be willing to share your experiences and learn from your peers and mentors

* Participants may only attend ONE of the two forums held in 2017. Please indicate your preference on the application. 

Important Dates

  • January 9th, 2017: Application to attend closes at midnight PST
  • Week of January 16th, 2017: Invitations out to successful applicants 
  • February 23-25, 2017: EPC: IRL -- Toronto
  • April 27-29, 2017: EPC: IRL – Edmonton

Each forum will take place from Thursday-Saturday on their respective dates, and by applying participants agree to be present for the program’s entirety. The program will loosely work as follows.


Toronto: February 23

Edmonton: April 27


Arrival in host city


Welcome dinner


Toronto: February 24

Edmonton: April 28


Peer-to-peer learning and sharing of experiences
Meet with local political leaders


Reception with local EPCitizen community


Toronto: February 25

Edmonton: April 29


Skills development to improve leadership





If you are joining us from within the host city, you will be provided with:

  • The cost of registration covered
  • All meals during the programming
  • Ticket to attend the EPCitizen reception

If you are joining us from outside the host city, you will be provided with:

  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Accommodation for Thursday, Friday nights
  • The cost of registration covered
  • All meals during the programming
  • Ticket to attend the EPCitizen reception



Please note the application to attend the EPC: IRL Forums in Toronto and Edmonton is now closed. 

EPC: IRL 2016


On December 3-4, 2015 Samara hosted the first Everyday Political Citizen: IRL Forum that convened 30 EPCitizen nominees between the ages of 18-29 on the challenges of youth political engagement.  

One participant best summed up the forum: 

"The Samara EPC: IRL Forum was an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from like-minded individuals. It was a testament to the importance of collecting a diverse group of individuals in a room to work on real-world solutions. The format and facilitation of the forum led to powerful insights that I hope to see transformed into concrete solutions. And the chance to meet with politicians, policy-makers and influencers ensured that our voices were heard outside of one small room. I come away feeling like this was only the start of something big."

Participants of the EPC: IRL Forum worked with Samara staff to turn the forum's learnings and their recommendations into a poster for elected representatives. It has since been delivered to over 115 Members of Parliament and 45 other elected representatives. View and download the poster here.



EPC: IRL is made possible by the generous support of the RBC Foundation and the Telus Foundation. Thank you. 

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