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Social and Economic Dimensions of Human Rights 
Engaging Youth in Community Development
22 Oct - 29 Oct, 2003
 Environmental Policy and Public Dialogue

Jane Foster (Co-Chair) - Jane Foster Chief Operating Officer, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Johannesburg South Africa
Leon Galindo-Stenutz (Co-Chair) - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NetOrganiX. Fairfax, Virginia
Farida Allaghi - Senior Adviser to HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdulazez Al Saud, President of the Arab Gulf Program For the United Nations Development Organizations, Saudi Arabia; former Director, Woman and Child Division, Arab Gulf Program, Saudi Arabia
Benjamin Quinto - Director, Global Youth Action Network, New York
Clara Restrepo  
Vicki Saunders - Chief Executive Officer, Impactanation, Toronto
Roosevelt Skerrit - Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Roseau, Dominica

Additional Session Support:
William Angel (Resource Specialist) - William Angel is the secretary general of the International Council on National Youth Policy (ICNYP), Vienna, Austria. The Council’s primary goal is to encourage and enable young people to participate ...
Martha Baez (Resource Specialist) - Martha Báez is a junior program associate at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA. Based in the Dominican Republic, she is responsible for programming in the Central American and Caribbean ...
Susana Shoaie Baker (Resource Specialist) - Susana Shoaie Baker is a junior program associate for Latin American and the Caribbean Region with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Her primary responsibility is to assist with the Andean Region activities. ...
Andrés Thompson (Resource Specialist) - Andrés Thompson is a program director for Latin American and Caribbean programming at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. Based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, he reviews and assesses new grant ...

While undoubtedly true that today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders, it is increasingly clear that many youth already have the skills, drive, and commitment to be among today’s change-makers. Contrary to the negative image of “problem youth” that is often all too prominent, many young people are actively engaged in problem-solving and decision-making, taking on leadership roles in the development of their communities. They are also engaged in creating a new understanding of the needs of youth and the positive role they can, and increasingly do, have in society. This session will look at various ways youth are actively engaged in promoting social change and at the organizations and mechanisms available to support them in these endeavors. Examples will be shared and creative strategies explored for supporting young people as agents of change and forces for positive social development in their communities. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences, to learn about the work of local, national, and international organizations that support youth development, and to consider and create new approaches for increased participation of young women and men in community development initiatives.

Session Faculty

Jane Foster
Benjamin Quinto



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