Lessons and Solutions in Irregular Child Migration: Notes from the Field

“Look for a reason to stay in your country,” said Susan Ormiston, at the discussion on irregular child migration on February 9th. “Imagine in some of our countries, if our children were thinking all the time about leaving, and risking everything, it’s a big decision and what we’re talking about here is giving them another option.” Earlier this month, we participated in a virtual forum hosted by Children Believe, to discuss the lessons and ideas …

Alumni Spotlight: Brothers from Different Worlds

When Lester Triguero arrived in Canada in 1996, it was his first time flying on a plane and his first time leaving the country. From a rural town in Cuba, Lester was studying to be a teacher when he applied to go on a Canada World Youth exchange. “It’s a big thing, to have the opportunity to travel as a Cuban person,” said Lester. “Few words can describe how happy I was,” he said, after …

The Innovation Challenge’s Impact and Future

CWY-JCM designed and ran the Innovation Challenge for the first time last year. The new program responds to the pandemic and the difficulties that young people, in particular, are facing due to lockdowns, social isolation, and economic downturn. In 2021 Innovation Challenge finalists Amber Sayed and Abigail Penney, faced online schooling and the accompanying isolation. Although the pandemic has affected all of us, and our abilities to participate in activities that matter to us, lockdowns …

Changes at Canada World Youth

Passing the Torch: A Message from the Board The Honourable Rob Norris, CWY Chair 2015-2021: It has been a privilege serving as Board Chair for Canada World Youth. Drawing on more than 50 years of success in enabling, encouraging, and engaging young leaders from across Canada and worldwide, CWY remains focused on its core mandate. CWY programs align with and help youth achieve personal and professional growth, strengthen communities at home and abroad, and foster …

Virtual Speaker Series Fundraiser

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we have put together a series of virtual panels featuring experts in international development and non-profit work. Speakers will come from our extensive alumni network as well as our inter-related network of young thought leaders.  Join us for insightful discussions about Canada’s role in a post-COVID rebuild worldwide and what role CWY-JCM and other youth organizations need to play in that process. To join the conversation, we request …