Youth are the key to discovering the solutions to the complex societal challenges we currently face. We have therefore reached a point in history where we can no longer afford to leave their naturally inherent compassion and creativity untapped.
My Current Youth Projects
In the summer of 2010 I launched The Social Entrepreneurship Academy for Change Ltd. (SEAChange). At SEAChange we are using an innovative business model to transform youth experiencing homelessness into Social Entrepreneurs. Our unique model blends a focus on both job creation and education and empowers youth with the skills they need to avoid a future with the adult homeless shelter system. Helping 150 youth experiencing homelessness enter the job market instead of the adult shelter system could save Albertans approximately $20 million/year. Click here to learn more.
Alberta Party Youth Movement – I’m in the process of building a team of youth that are taking responsibility for developing the strategy and executing the plan to increase youth engagement in the Alberta Party. In my opinion, our ability to renew democracy is dependent on our ability to inspire and empower youth to take the lead.
Teen Voice Calgary is a space that provides many opportunities for Calgary’s youth to speak out and be heard. Teen Voice Calgary is a committee that offers events where youth can express their opinions on various issues involving your community and city. I met a couple of the founders of Teen Voice at CivicCamp 3D and since then have assisted them with developing a plan to increase their impact.
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Kahlil Gibran ~ On Children
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
This poem deepened my commitment to catalyzing a youth movement.
A GRASSROOTS YOUTH MOVEMENT HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN!