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Shaking The Movers Is Calling for Applications from Youth in BC

Voices of youth in BC at times go unheard.  Additionally, there are limited opportunities for youth to learn about their rights and how they can influence public policy decisions and impact systems change. To address these issues, Shaking the Movers BC will provide young people with a forum to discuss and develop their leadership skills, and strengthen their capacity for civic engagement.

Shaking the Movers is designed to provide a space for young people to “have the floor”, to present their unique perspectives and experiences and to provide specific recommendations and input related to the theme chosen for the year. This year’s theme is climate change.  While some adults do attend, they are there to listen to the recommendations made, to be a resource, to provide support to the young participants (including referrals to services), and to ensure that the workshop takes place in a safe and comfortable setting.

This is an opportunity for youth to make a meaningful contribution to their community and share their opinions with academics, policy makers and decision makers.

The topic of this conference will focus on climate change and how it impacts the lives of young people today. This conference is facilitated by youth for youth.

Event Details:

Dates: November 25 – 27, 2016 and January 14 & 15, 2017

Hours: Friday 5:00pm –8:00pm

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Locations: Simon Fraser University. Campus details to follow.

Shaking The Movers is organized by Landon Pearson Centre, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education and SFU Restorative Justice Centre and designed for youth aged 10 – 18 years. We are currently recruiting youth interested in joining this dialogue.

Key Dates

The youth events are spread over two weekends:  November 25 – 27, 2016 and January 14 & 15, 2017 at SFU Surrey. Ideally participants can attend both weekends.

Why apply to be a participant?

* Affect law and policy on climate change through discussion and specific recommendations

* Build skills in dialogue and group work

* Meet vibrant young people and learn from them

* Receive a certificate of participation

* Gain great civic participation experience for your resume

Who can apply to be a Participant?

In order to be considered as a participant, you must be:

* Young people aged 10-18 years

* Interested in the topic of climate change and human rights

* Excited to  learn in a group setting

* Comfortable learning with peers and with people of all different backgrounds

* Fluent in English

* Prepared to learn and actively participate in the dialogue and activities

How to apply to be a Youth participant?

Please email ShakingTheMovers.bc@gmail.com to access the registration and consent forms.