In 2009, YCI harnessed the skills and abilities of 159 youth as overseas volunteers, as well as engaged more than 2,300 Canadians in youth-led and youth-focused activities designed to move people from awareness to informed action. In total, YCI volunteers contributed more than 40,000 hours working overseas and locally to support development programs.
By combining the energy and skills of youth volunteers with local youth and partners, we provide individuals and groups with the opportunity to contribute to innovative community- driven projects while developing personal and professional skills. Sponsors have the opportunity to support volunteers participating in two key programs:
Working directly with YCI staff, partners and peer educators, Youth Ambassadors implement health, leadership and liveli- hoods projects as part of a five to 10-week team placement. Volunteers experience international development at the grass- roots level, develop intercultural communication skills and make a valuable contribution to their global community.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP TEAMS
Youth Leadership Teams are customized projects for pre- existing groups with specific skills and backgrounds related to health, leadership or livelihoods. Working in collaboration with our partners, groups contribute to community projects while
developing personal and professional skills. PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Upon their return, YCI’s volunteers have the opportunity to link global issues to local initiatives through a range of re-engage- ment options. YCI also maintains an active network of young people who are involved in our programs worldwide, such as alumni and youth groups.
Using youth-friendly methodologies, YCI’s approach to pro- gramming includes education, awareness, service delivery and resource creation. Our explicit youth focus creates opportuni- ties for young people to improve their skills and contribute to
their communities. YOUTH HEALTH
YCI’s health programs are a comprehensive approach to pre- ventative health education and awareness initiatives, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual reproductive health, primary health and environmental health. We recognize that positive health outcomes are not only derived from access to services and information—but are also linked to social determinants such as livelihoods. Wherever possible, health programming is con- nected to other programming opportunities.
The ability of young people to successfully transition into the private or public sector dictates not only their own well-being, but may affect their families as well. YCI’s livelihoods programs are based on three pillars: access to finance, vocational train- ing and enterprise development. Through our programs, young people are linked to employment opportunities, government
ministries, and local and international actors. YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Young people are often on the periphery of decision-making processes, which limits their impact on governance and policy. YCI’s leadership programs focus on active citizenship, good governance and public engagement, and create opportunities for young people to address issues of importance to them and share their experiences with other young people.
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