mer, 11 janvier 2012

Support youth volunteerism – it builds informed global citizens and contributes to sustainable development

(anglais seulement)

Canada World Youth held an event in Charlottetown this week to promote the benefits of international youth volunteering through the inspiring personal stories of three former Canada World Youthprogram participants – all Charlottetown residents – who say they were changed by their experience. Mathieu Arsenault, Conor Leggott and Betty-Jo McCarville have become advocates for sustainable change in their community. Maritime families and community groups are currently hosting Canada World Youth volunteers in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Truro, Halifax and St. John’s.

Earlier this month, Canada World Youth celebrated the talent, determination and social engagement of four impressive young leaders, during our 2012 Youth Leadership Awards. Like the majority of our 35,000 program participants over the past 40 years, –most of these young people will go on to fill important leadership roles in society.

Our two Canadian laureates, from Montreal this year, are addressing the need for more local, sustainable food sources for urban populations through their Urban-Rural Farm Exchange project. A laureate from Benin, West Africa, co-founded a network of journalists which, through lobbying and awareness campaigns, has contributed to an increase, from 50% to 65%, in the population’s access to clean water and adequate sanitation, in just a few short years. Our final laureate, from Nepal, founded a school that educates 250 children – all victims of the 1996-2006 Nepali Civil War, while providing essential educational services to some 2,000 people from surrounding communities.

As these inspiring examples demonstrate – and there are many more – youth play a vital and unique role in international cooperation – not hard to imagine with over 50% of the population of developing countries being youth. In addition to the skill-building that prepares them for real life and future leadership roles, these young people contribute to economic development initiatives, while building democracy and social justice around the world.

Most Canadian NGOs work closely with partner organizations in developing countries. Sadly, like most of them, we cannot respond to all the pressing requests we receive from our 25 partners – simply due to a lack of project funding. This, despite the fact that it has been demonstrated that volunteerism can be more effective, bring more sustainable results, than standard technical assistance. And volunteerism is almost always less expensive.

We should all support youth volunteerism. We should salute and support youth leaders in all our communities. We need to believe in our young people, to acknowledge their potential to lead, and provide them with the help they need to shoulder those responsibilities.

Louis Moubarak, APR President and CEO (interim) Canada World Youth

This post is also available in EN.

À propos de Jeunesse Canada Monde

Jeunesse Canada Monde est dédié à l’enrichissement de la vie des jeunes de 35 ans et moins désireux de devenir des citoyens du monde informés et actifs. JCM offre des expériences d'apprentissage internationales des plus marquantes destinées à développer les connaissances, le leadership et autres compétences clés par le biais de projets communautaires durables. Depuis plus de 40 ans, 38 000 jeunes et 12 000 familles d’accueil ont participé à des programmes de JCM au Canada et à l’étranger.

Jeunesse Canada Monde est enregistré auprès de l’Agence du revenu du Canada à titre d’organisme de bienfaisance (# 118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Agente des communications, Jeunesse Canada Monde, 514 931-3526 # 336,

Entrevue et information (photos disponibles):

Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336