The CCR Youth Network: What We Stand For
For and by the Youth
The Youth Network is guided by the principle of being youth-led. Rather than being organized by adults, the Youth Network seeks to amplify the voices of refugee and newcomer youth.
The YN also promotes youth leadership among member organizations, who are asked to support youth participation in the Youth Network (including through funding travel to meetings and committing staff time to connecting youth to the CCR). Youth that are not associated with a member organization are welcome to participate in the Youth Network.
The Youth Network exists to provide a youth-only space and facilitate leadership opportunities for newcomer youth, helping them to work alongside others to promote the rights and protection of youth refugees and migrants, and to create a safe space for networking and information-exchange for youth doing this work.
Terms of Reference
In 2015, after consulting with the Youth Network, the Executive Committee adopted formal Terms of Reference for the Youth Network to ensure that it continues as an integrated and valued component of the CCR.
- 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.
The Youth Network it is led by a Core Group made up of youth from across Canada.
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.
The Youth Network works closely with the rest of CCR, including with the Working Groups. This means that the CCR as a whole hears and acts on Youth Network concerns, and the Youth Network acts on some of the priorities identified by the rest of CCR.
We plan actions to address these issues locally and strategies to advocate on these issues nationally as part of the Canadian Council for Refugees.