Radhoc began as a coalition between multiple social justice organizations at Memorial University and has since evolved into it's own youth leadership organization. We offer youth leadership development programs primarily consisting of conferences for high school and university students. Through our conferences, Radhoc aims to educate students about global social issues in the hope that they will be able to return to their own schools and communities with the motivation and skills necessary to make their own change in the world.
Radhoc started in 2007, when seven Memorial University global social justice groups (Engineers Without Borders, Oxfam, Amnesty International, MUNHOPE, Project Green, STAND!, and Warchild) recognized they could put together their collective youth engagement work to put off a large conference for high school students. At that time, the RADHOC acronym stood for "Rights and Development High school Outreach Conference", but we have since abandoned the acronym and simply use Radhoc as our name.
From 2008 to 2011, Radhoc continued to organize annual conferences and began to develop its own workshops and content. Social change became the goal of our events: youth learned action-oriented leadership skills with the aim of applying those skills in social change work. Further, we realized the need for hands-on experience in leadership, and our content shifted to becoming completely experiential. Finally, we began calling our conference attendees "Champions", investing in their very real capacity to create change independently.
In 2011 and 2012, we recognized the need for Radhoc to come to many students who couldn't make it to our annual event, so we began our "Travelling Workshops" and have since reached hundreds of students provincially each year. Our annual provincial conference was also transformed: youth now participate in content streams, choosing what they want to learn about. We also became committed to partnering with community organizations and government, and we are currently exploring collaborations with several other non-profits and schools. We have also begun to push online engagement of Canadian youth, developing an influential social and web presence.
In 2014, Radhoc recognized that, so far, all of our programs were directed towards high school students, leading to the creation of our annual Intersections Conferences, which are designed specifically for university students and Grade 12 students.
Now that we have reached 2016 we are in the process of developing more programs for our participants! We have lots of ideas and welcome ideas from anyone else on our Ideas Form!
All Radhoc content is designed according to a set of principles we call the "five I's":
Almost all Radhoc workshops are built according to the five I's, making our content unique, hands-on, self-led, motivating and action-oriented.