People of African Descent Youth Council Canada chapter
The organization’s structure consist of a Congress, Secretariat, Executive Committee, Regional Bodies and Specialized Committees, which are elected (once every four years) or as needed Globally, any youth/young adult who is of African Descent from all the four corners of the world is inclusively recognized and encouraged to join the youth council. The focus points to the strong support of the elders in shaping the youth’s future and the generation is going to change things. What the young people do this day will have an impact on children yet unborn.
”Primary goal is to free the People of African descent to be recognized, their justice and development. The international community should recognize that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. Around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent. “Remembering that people of African descent are among those most affected by racism and discrimination, too often faced by denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services, education, recognition, human rights etc. ”
African Youth Council Canada is run under Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) Canada with the aims of:
- Increased new technology to develop and implement sustainable development projects to end poverty
- Acquire the skills to enable them to be the bosses of their own
- Mobilize and recruit younger adults of African descent from other parts of the world to contribute and share their experiences, organize campaigns to fight against racism, discrimination and promote diversity of cultural identities to foster a sense of belong
- Engage in leadership, capacity building, social justice and peace building skills training
- Push for Social and Economic standing of young people that hinders the ability to live fulfilled life and realize their potential
- Participate in meaningful social, political and economic mainstream activities.
Youth and education programs:
Economic and sustainable development
Increase opportunities for current partnerships and relationships to promote and develop new programs in areas of: “business development, sustainability, creative economies, and young professional development”. Emerging leaders from other countries to learn more about accountability, transparency, citizen participation in government, peace and justice.
African Youth Council and Ambassador Program: The Program supports the exchange of high school/University students who participate in 4 – 10 weeks exchange programs in Canada/Africa/Haiti meeting with NGOs and government officials to explore issues like poverty, gender, cultural, Arts and the environment from a local and international perspective. Young Artists and Authors Showcases: The Young Artists and Authors Showcases encourages young ages 10–18 to express their talents and mission through original works of art and composition, linking them in collaborative projects through a classroom, school or after-school activity. Students engage in letter, video, or web cast exchange, photography, capacity/leadership-building projects, fund-raising, gender issues, HIV awareness campaigns or projects tailored to their interests.
Now, more than ever, community leaders are realizing the positive connection between involving youth in community activities and the increase in overall community vitality and engagement. Our Youth bring new energy and ideas to the standard issues and concerns, often with a unique perspective as how best to tackle challenges and opportunities.
Violence and abuses to the children
In many countries in Africa and other parts of the world children are used and abused, at AGL we fight for the rights of children globally. We as well “Fight against FGM. The Female Genital Mutilation” – In many parts of Africa, girls suffer the barbarism of genital cutting with intent to deprive them of sexual pleasure and become sex puppets, Child Solder, child marriage, child sexual abuse, Campaign against childhood abuses etc. is our focus with other campaigns on different issues affecting children globally.