Authentic Discovery // Passionate Activism

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We’ve settled in, we’ve dusted off our calendars and are getting excited for another incredible year of creating friends, memories and lasting change around the world.

Last year, we had the chance to meet with tens of thousands of young people across Canada, listening to how you wanted to reshape the world, and making it a reality.

This year is no different. At World Vision Youth Canada we are excited to start a new journey with students across Canada and pursuing an authentic discovery process and creating a new cohort of passionate activists to create a better world.

You know what we did, you know what we want to do, so are you ready?

WVYC is looking to fill our calendar with opportunities to connect with young people around Canada. This means YOU! Are you ready to change the world and want to share your enthusiasm with your school, neighbourhood or youth group? Let us know! Send us an email at yourmovement@worldvision.ca and we’ll work with you to share your message of social justice.

That’s not the only way you can catch our attention. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Facebook for the latest updates on leadership trips, stories from schools and information from World Vision projects from around the world!

If you are located in Northern Ontario, I’ll be heading up there for a youth tour to connect with students, leaders and groups! So connect with me, send me an email: Brianna_Locke@worldvision.ca.

– Brianna

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#LiveLikeAlex

Written by: Alexandra (West Coach)
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I love trees, all types of trees and Autumn for me is better than Christmas for a 6 year old. This is the time of year when the trees I love so much do a bit of showing off. Here in the lower mainland of British Columbia I am blessed to have many different types of trees and all the hues from the colour wheel show up and surround me. It’s like the whole world is giving me a huge hug and filling me with hope for the year to come.

This year I’m thinking of the thousands of students in Canada who are headed back to school. Those first few weeks for me were always a mix of nerves and excitement. It’s always great to make new friends and catch up with old ones. Meet your teachers, set goals for the future and begin to step toward attaining your dreams. I’m also thinking of the many millions of school aged children in the world who aren’t having the same experiences. According to UNESCO “As of 2012, 50 million children of primary school age and another 63 million children of lower secondary school age were still out of school”. That’s millions of children not in school, not getting a top notch education like students here in Canada. There are many reasons these children do not have access to an education. They may be living in a war torn/unstable part of the world, the child is sick and does not have access to medical care, has to work or the child is a girl and stays home to help or is married.

So as many of us work on achieving our dreams through education and work opportunities we are part of a world where there are many others who do not have those options. But what should we do? What can we do? What power, skills and funds do we have that would help? It’s possible to feel like the issues in the world are so immense that each of us can’t really make a difference. I say we can. I say there is hope and that hope is you, it’s me, it’s our family and friends and the communities we live in. We are the voices that call ourselves and those around us to action. I know this is true because of a wonderful girl named Alex Foto from London Ontario. She was a daughter, a friend, an encourager, a person of action and an activist who not only believed that youth could help change the world but she lived it. On August 7, 2014 Alexandra’s life was lost at the young age of 19. There will forever be a hole in this world just her size that no one can fill. But, while she was here with us she saw people in the world who were suffering and she helped, she educated herself on the issues of children who are living in poverty and she took action. She looked into the eyes of a child living with the challenges that poverty brings and she became her sponsor and friend. She saw and did all of these things and she used her voice to tell everyone around her how they too could do the same.

This autumn as the trees change colour and many of us head back to school will you join me in choosing to #LiveLikeAlex and help change the lives of children who don’t have access to education? I know I can’t help everyone but I can help at least one and I can encourage those around me to do the same. You could start a World Vision Canada club at your school, use your creativity and come up with a way to raise funds and ask your friends and family to join you. Will you choose to #LiveLikeAlex and be the hope we are all looking for?

To connect with us to learn more about how you can take action.
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