Programs & Services

Youth Program

At Food Allergy Canada, children and youth are a key part of our community. Here are some of our current opportunities for youth.


Allergy Pals and Allergy Allies– Online Mentorship for Kids with Food Allergies

These innovative online mentorship programs are extremely popular since their launched in 2014. Allergy Pals is for kids (ages 7-11) years and Allergy Allies is for teens (ages 12-15). Each group takes part in eight weekly online support sessions, led by older peer mentors, under the guidance of the Youth Program Coordinator. Kids share their experiences and learn from each other, while interacting through safe and secure online technologies.

This program was created through the Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta and is funded by a grant from TD Securities.

For more information, please contact: Kyle Dine, Youth Program Coordinator, or visit the Allergy Pals and Allergy Allies page  for registration information.

Teens and Young Adults

Food Allergy Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP)

Food Allergy Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) is a great way for youth ages 13-24 to share experiences about living with severe allergies and to learn from others. As a member of our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), you can help us create resources for teens by sharing your firsthand experience, knowledge, and allergy management strategies. YAP members are the creative minds behind the Allergy Free Press, the WhyRiskIt website, videos, and are active with media opportunities, and as mentors in our Allergy Pals/Allergy Allies mentorship program and volunteers at the annual teen workshops at Food Allergy Canada conferences.

For more information about the YAP conference, programs, and joining our Youth Advisory Panel, please download an application for Food Allergy Canada’s YAP or contact Kyle Dine, Youth Program Coordinator.

The Allergy Awareness Challenge: Elementary Schools and High Schools

Support from friends and classmates is crucial for students with food allergies. The Allergy Awareness Challenge is a flexible way to educate students, with games and competitions that promote allergy awareness and education as well as what students can do to keep their school safe for everyone. It is a free, open access program where your school will be provided with everything needed to plan and run the three-day program.

Visit the program pages for elementary schools and high schools for more information

Whyriskit.ca: A Site for Canadian Youth with Food Allergies

Whyriskit.ca is created by youth, for youth. With podcasts, interactive features, personal stories, information on managing allergies, research, and more, it is the best internet hub for teens with food allergies. Connect with other teens across Canada, learn, share your story online, and find out what you need to know to stay safe.

Whyriskit.ca is created by Food Allergy Canada’s Youth Advisory Program, with generous support and funding by TD Securities and the Sean Delaney Memorial Golf Classic.

Sabrina Shannon Award

Have you raised awareness and educated others about life-threatening allergies? Are you looking for ways to pay for next year’s tuition? Are you a Canadian resident under the age of 25? If yes, then we have some great news for you!

Food Allergy Canada grants two awards of $1,000 each to students entering their first year or continuing their studies at a post-secondary institution on an annual basis.

This award recognizes the important role that youth play in raising awareness and educating others about life-threatening allergies. It is dedicated to the life of Sabrina Shannon, an inspiring teenager who suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction in 2003. Since her passing, Sabrina’s parents and other members of the allergy community have kept Sabrina’s spirit alive by advocating for safer schools and communities across Canada.

  • February – Application form is available on this page
  • June – Deadline for applications
  • July – Winners are announced

Read about our 2015 winners Shayna Rak and Katherine Lorette, and their accomplishments in raising allergy awareness in their communities.