Speaking Rights… with a new team in 2015! Published in 2015 February 2, 2015 Equitas recently hosted the youth workers who will be spearheading the 2015 Speaking Rights youth projects. Ten of them came to Equitas’ office to present their projects, discuss the challenges ahead and share their passion for human rights education! The event was also an opportunity for them to get to know about Equitas’ educational tools and the coaching and support that Equitas can offer them. From left: Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Equitas; Moussa Sène, Canadian Roots Exchange; Amy Cooper, Equitas; Shane Kelsey, Canadian Roots Exchange; Akilah Newton, Overture with the Arts; Jerome Alban, Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l’Ile; Darley Polony, Centre Communautaire Dawson; Elise Voyer, Equitas; Alyssa Fleishman, James Lyng High School – CLC; Salem De Giovanni, Maison de jeunes le Zénith; Marie-Claude White, Centre-au-Puits; Alexandre Cambron, Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l’Ile; Ruth Morrison, Equitas. Every year, the Speaking Rights program helps youth aged 13 to 18 years to better understand their rights and responsibilities through educational activities based on participation and respect for diversity. They have the opportunity to speak, to be heard, to develop a sense of belonging to their community, to build their self-esteem and to implement innovative projects with a human rights theme, such as fighting against bullying and discrimination.