Youth Voices Video
Who We Are
We are the youth division of the Canadian Council for Refugees. The Youth Network gives refugee and newcomer 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.
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 the many challenges that they face.
Most Youth Network members are active in their local communities as volunteers, community workers and human 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. Through our projects, we also promote artistry, confidence, and self-expression amongst refugee and 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.
The Youth Network is led by a Core Group made up of youth from across Canada.