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Who we are! :
As part of the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Youth Network gives youth and youth allies a voice to address challenges faced by newcomer youth and a space to share ideas on how to meet these challenges.
The Youth Network works within a gender justice and anti-oppression framework.
- To offer a network for youth involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants.
- To influence CCR policy by providing a collective voice through which youth can bring their ideas, objectives, and concerns to the Canadian Council for Refugees.
- To promote and support youth engagement in advocating for refugee and immigrant rights.
The Youth Network is committed to:
- Addressing challenges faced by newcomer youth
- Youth inclusion
- Youth engagement within the CCR
- Working within an anti-oppression framework
- Newcomer Youth representation
- Gender representation
How We Work:
Most Youth Network members are active in local communities as volunteers, community workers and rights advocates.
We come together nationally through cyberspace, in telephone conferences and at face-to-face meetings at CCR Consultations to talk about common issues across Canada affecting newcomer youth.
We plan actions to address these issues locally and strategies to advocate on these issues nationally as part of the Canadian Council for Refugees.
We are also in the process of creating a Youth Advisory Council, if you are interested in learning more about this please contact Chloe at craxlen [at] ccrweb [dot] ca.
CCR Youth Ambassadors:
CCR Youth Ambassadors are dedicated, young individuals (under 25) who act as links between their region and the CCR Youth Network. Their role is to make sure that there is strong communication between local regions and the Youth Network at the national level, and to inspire people in their communities into action.
There are 6 Youth Ambassadors across Canada, and priority is given to newcomer youth, in keeping with the Youth Network’s commitment to newcomer youth representation.
To find out how to connect with a CCR Youth Ambassador, email craxlen [at] ccrweb [dot] ca
The CCR Youth Network began in 2006 and has evolved through online discussions, teleconferences, the organization of youth-led workshops and strategy sessions and the development of youth-driven projects – all with the vision and commitment to give newcomer youth a voice and to address challenges faced by newcomer youth.
- Youth engagement and representation within the CCR
- Supporting groups of newcomer youth across Canada in developing public education and advocacy resources - Speak Up! Support Newcomer Youth Voices in Canada
- Developing a cross-Canada research project on the impacts of missing and mistakes on identification documents on the lives of newcomer youth.
- Planning the National CCR Youth Gathering in August/September 2013
- Developing online spaces to share strategies and resources nationally
- Local projects to address challenges facing newcomer youth