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04 Feb YCI Celebrates IDW 2015

This week YCI is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of International Development Week, an annual public engagement initiative led by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to increase awareness of Canada’s contribution to international development.

For 25 years YCI’s approach to international development has been to put youth at the centre of the conversation. Young people today face a new wave of complex challenges, from unemployment to inequality, but we firmly believe that they are an engine for social change. Together with these youth and our partners we are propelled to find creative solutions that equip youth with the tools to take hold of their own future, and overcome the challenges they face. This is how YCI and our global network of youth are making a difference.

This week we recognize our family of determined alumni, partners, and innovators who are using youth and innovation to transform lives. We are also proud to announce that one of our alumni, Josh Layton, has been granted a ‘Youth Global Changemaker’ Award for his work in gender equality in Mwanza, Tanzania and for his passion in using design and creativity to transform how we deliver international development programs.

Awarded by the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), the Global Changemaker award honours the efforts of outstanding youth who have demonstrated active engagement with communities and civil society organizations in the promotion of international cooperation and social justice.

Check out Josh’s video and Global Changemaker profile here.

Let us know how you are making a difference here: