three young people dressed as adults working

Kids Take Over

November 20th is National Child Day. In recognition and celebration of this important day, UNICEF has launched #KidsTakeOver, an initiative to make National Child Day stand out and give children and youth a voice.  They are inviting families, businesses, organizations and governments to promote and participate in #KidsTakeOver.

There are many ways people can choose to be involved!  UNICEF created a toolkit filled with ideas for organizations, businesses, families, governments, and schools.  Let’s help children and youth TAKE OVER and celebrate National Child Day.

Download the toolkit: KTO Toolkit_EN

In Waterloo Region, we’re excited to be participating in #KidsTakeOver and we have a few tools you can use to get the word out, participate, and connect with us about your plans.


  • Encourage everyone to wear blue!
  • Use the hashtags #KidsTakeOver and #KTOWR to help get the word out.
  • Use your social media account to tell people how you plan to let children and youth take over and then CHALLENGE someone to do the same!


  • TAKE OVER the CYPT agenda – what do you want a room full of adult decision-makers who work to support children, youth and families to know? What would you like them to work towards? What questions do you have for them?  Send your ideas (or better yet, send a video message) to us by email.
  • Send us your request for something you would like to TAKE OVER in Waterloo Region any time between November 18-20th and we will do our best to match you with the opportunity.
  • November 20, 2019, is not only National Child Day: it is the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which makes this a great time to bring young people and adult allies together at UNICEF Canada’s first Youth Activism Summit.  Why not be part of UNICEF Canada’s Youth Activism Summit