February 8, 2017


As we celebrate International Development Week, Canada World Youth continues to play a vital role with youth across the globe in terms of development, capacity building and cross-cultural understanding. Thanks to us, young people are learning to think, live and work in a global context.

We are very excited to have recently launched the China-Canada Young Leaders Program, in partnership with East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. We are working on creating new, innovative, programs, while pursuing our new framework for exchanges, with the Global Alliance. An exchange with the Philippines is around the corner, and we are finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Emirates Foundation. Our commitment is to have 400 participants annually and projects in six countries within five years.

Another development is that we now are registered officially in Peru, Indonesia and Bolivia thanks to our activities through the EQWIP HUBs program, and have made applications in Tanzania, Ghana and Senegal.

On a personal note, I was honored to be invited to deliver a speech in early January for Graduate Students in International Relations at the Glendon Campus of York University.  I enjoyed engaging with students on a wide range of topics, from how do we work to empower young women to tackling climate change and increasing access to technology to encourage online engagement.

Finally, in early December, Global Affairs Canada released the report, “What We Heard”, during its stakeholder consultations in preparation for the new International Assistance Policy.  We are pleased that many of our recommendations are echoed in the report and welcome this renewed focus on youth in international development. We are now looking forward to the announcement of the new policy.

As we face an increasingly challenging global context, each of us needs to do more to build bridges with our neighbours. This has been CWY’s raison d’etre since our founding 46 years ago. Thank you for doing your part and for your commitment to CWY and the next generation of world leaders.

Best regards,

Rita S. Karakas

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

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