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Yes! We are pleased to announce that this year's Youth Action Gathering will be in Edmonton! We will be partnering with the John Humphreys Centre for Peace and Human Rights - Global Youth Assembly. We are just putting together our organizing committee so if you would like to get involved with workshop organizing or have any questions please contact Chloé at craxlen [at] ccrweb [dot] ca
Also as we realize that Edmonton may be far away for many of you we have put together some tips to help get you there!
Want to Go to Edmonton? Fundraising Tips !
Here are some tips to help raise some bills to help you get to Edmonton!
? Ask your community for help – The CCR Youth Network has a general “ask” letter that you can use to approach your friends, families, coworkers, and community. Use the letter to ask for a reasonable amount for people to contribute.
? Look for sponsorship – Adapt the “ask” letter to approach local businesses and organizations asking them to sponsor your participation in this event. These amounts can be a little higher than what you asked your friends and families. Make sure you let them know that you are going to acknowledge their contribution somehow.
? Hold an event – Use your networks to have a party, a picnic, a concert, or some other inclusive and accessible event. Be reasonable about your expectations and be sure to plan well in advance. Be realistic about your goal and remember is always be an opportunity to raise visibility of your campaign! Please feel free to contact Youth Coordinator -Chloé Raxlen at craxlen [at] ccrweb [dot] ca
? Have a “thon” – A walk-a-thon, dance-a-thon, or whatever a-thon you want... Plan this with other youth in your community that are planning to go to Edmonton. Ask people to sponsor you to dance for 12 hours, or walk across your city. People will be more likely to sponsor you if you show your commitment through some sort of endeavour. You may even be able to extend your “ask” beyond your immediate friends and families.
? Start an online campaign – Try Kickstart, or Indiegogo to build an online campaign to raise more money for your project. Make a video to present a strong case to encourage people to contribute. Share these through social media networks to reach as many people as possible. The more work you put into these campaigns, the better the outcome will be!
? Look for grants – If this is the route you’re going to take, you need to start as soon as possible. There are many foundations out there that fund youth groups to participate in these kinds of activities. The CCR Youth Network is available to help mentor you through the search and application processes.
Youth Action Gathering 2012: We did it!
On Labour Day weekend 2012, over seventy participants from Montreal, Toronto, Fredericton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Vancouver Island came together and were part of the first Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network Action Gathering. The energy was incredible – we shared, laughed, danced, grew, exchanged together. This inaugural youth action gathering was so important because it is something that youth network has been working towards for since its inception and thanks to support of our numerous supporters it finally became a reality.
ENGAGING NEWCOMER YOUTH IN PARTICIPATORY MEDIA FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
The theme of the conference was engaging newcomer youth in participatory media for social change. This is a very relevant and enticing theme, but not so simple to incorporate in a concrete way.
It was important that the participants leave with concrete skills and luckily we had the good fortune of crossing paths with and involving Parker Mah – renaissance gentleman and media facilitator extraordinaire. He led a media mentorship throughout the weekend with interested participants. Seven youth had one-on-one training and learned about sound, video and photography. There was also a panel entitled Participatory media and me – its goal was to give participants a survey of the mediums available and the advantages and drawbacks of each one when it comes to creating media for social change.
WORKSHOPS AND MORE
The workshop topics were selected by the network and the majority of the workshops were organized or facilitated by youth with the support of mentors. The calibre of the workshops was incredible. Throughout the weekend the organizing team kept receiving feedback about how the participants were blown away by the workshops – there were workshops on anti-oppression, best practices in newcomer youth programing, and digital storytelling to name a few. It was important for the youth network that the workshops were eye-opening, educational as well as engaging, and they were.
NEW PARTNERSHIPS, NEXT STEPS AND YOUTH ACTION GATHERING 2013
The Youth Action Gathering was not only a great opportunity to solidify national partnerships but it was also an opportunity to create new partnerships locally. We were able to create links with Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi, Y des Femmes de Montreal, Conseil Jeunesse de Montréal, Canada World Youth and Immigrant Workers Centre. It was a really unique experience to bring all these local and national partners together. One of the reasons it was and is so important to bring all of these groups together was to have a conversation about structure and processes of the network. This was the first time that we were able to have this conversation with such a diversity of members in the room. We also began discussing the campaigns that members would like to see the Youth Network take up in the coming years. Clearly an event such as this one is indispensable for the network, and we are pleased that we count on having it for the next couple of years. If you or your organization in interested in hosting a Youth Action Gathering in your community please refer to our call for submissions.
INTANGIBLES AND IMMEASURABLES
Connecting across a country as large as Canada requires not only access to technology, but also the initiative, motivation and desire to connect. This often starts with an encounter or an experience which sparks this desire. National meetings are one such opportunity. That is why it was so important to create this space for youth from all over Canada to come together to share, learn and connect. This was arguably the most important outcome of the Youth Action Gathering. The friendships and connections that were made, moments that were shared, knowledge that was transmitted, horizons that were broadened are the springboard for uncountable future actions and campaigns.
We can't wait for next year!
The Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network is a dynamic coalition of refugee and immigrant youth and allies from across Canada. Our members are active as volunteers, community organizers, activists, and youth settlement workers in local communities. We provide a space for addressing common personal and systemic barriers faced by newcomer youth across Canada. Although we use different forms of e-communication, the distance that separates us can sometimes be a challenge for building effective engagement and continuity. What we need now to carry our momentum forward is to meet face to face at the national level. This is what the CCR Youth Action Gathering is all about! Join the movement!
Get involved NOW in planning the CCR Youth Action Gathering!
Contact Chloe Raxlen- Youth Network Coordinator: craxlen [at] ccrweb [dot] ca
Phone: 514-277-7223, x3
- Template letter to solicit donations locally. Adapt it according to your situation.
- Template letter to invite local groups and organisations to get involved.
- Short description of the Youth Action Gathering. Use it to reach out to potential partners and founders in your communities.
- A longer description of the Youth Action Gathering, with more details on goals.