||July 9, 2010
Canada World Youth Then & Now
Jacques Hebert (1923-2007), Canadian author, leader,
Senator, founded an international organization in 1971 to provide young people
around the world with opportunities to learn about other cultures and people,and
develop leadership skills. He called the organization Canadian World Youth (CWY).
There have been other similar organizations (Katimavik) ,student exchanges
etc.with similar objectives. (Hebert went on a hunger strike in 1986 for 21 days
to protest the P.C. governments closing of Katimavik). Canada World Youth has
had remarkable success and continues this year with 7 Ontario communities (33
across Canada)participating this including North Bay this year. They were last
here in 2006.
North Bay Program (Aug 8 – Oct 31 2010)
Canadian World Youth’s core program – Youth Leaders in
Action – brings together 9 Canadian young men and women with 9 18-25 year olds
from outside Canada. North Bay will have 9 Honduran young people along with 9
from across Canada for three months. They will then spend 3 months in Honduras
in Central America. The group volunteers several days a week to help and learn
primarily on health and environmental issues but other placements are
||Participants in recent Canada World Youth
program.1 CWY Photos
Dini Silveira, a Brazilian woman from Montreal is North
Bay’s CWY Project Supervisor. She arrived here recently. She has been trained
along with other Supervisors to come early and set up home placements and
volunteer positions and oversee the program.
Dini is currently looking for home placements for the 18
local visitors. They are placed in Canadian/Honduran pairs in local homes where
they become a part of the family and where all enjoy the learning experience.
All they need is a room and reasonable interaction and meals with the
homeowners. There is backup to cover family vacations etc. Host families receive
$168 per week to cover food etc.
||Participants in recent Canada World Youth program 2 CWY
Dini is also looking for volunteer work placements. She is
also interested in resource people who have a particular interest or skill to
share with the group. I met with Dini by chance and later introduced her to
several local contacts. If interested in any of the above call 978-1614 or email
her at dsilveira – jcw.org where you can receive a brochure called Canada World
Youth is coming to North Bay and have your questions answered.For general
information on CWY contact
Since 1971, 33,000 young people have completed a CWY
program in 67 countries. Over one million volunteer hours are contributed each
year. This year there are 39 exchanges and 25 other initiatives in other CWY
programs in 17 countries around the world. A recent study verified the long
lasting effect of the program on individuals and communities.
CWY is supported by the Canadian Government through CIDA the Canadian
International Development Agency. The Canada World Youth Homepage is at
<http://www.cwy-jcm.org/>). For information on future programs for local
young people – information , an application form and a newsletter are available
at the website. (You can get academic credits for your work). There is also
information on and for alumni who want to keep contact after a CWY
experience.There are several former participant in North Bay who have very
positive feelings about their adventure.
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