Youth are leading positive change in their community Published in 2015 April 1, 2015 Equitas is happy to announce some great news for our Speaking Rights programs and youth leaders. Seventeen bursaries valued at $500 each have been granted to support youth organizations and youth aged 13-17 in the realization of youth-led community projects. The bursaries have been granted to different groups across the country, including seven in Quebec, four in Manitoba, three in British Columbia, and three in Ontario, with two more to come in the near future. The money will be used to fund concrete projects in the community that promote youth engagement and a number of other human rights values that are highlighted in Equitas’ Speaking Rights program, such as cooperation, respect, fairness, inclusion, respect for diversity, responsibility, and acceptance. Quebec based group Canadian Roots Exchange is planning on using the grant to help fund their ambitious project geared towards indigenous and non-indigenous youth from diverse backgrounds. Through the use of interactive workshops with an emphasis on expression through hip-hop and spoken word, they want to bring youth together to address the issues of discrimination, respect, identity, and belonging. This exchange between youth will take place in the communities of Kahnawake and Montreal. That is are just one example of the creative and innovative projects being spearheaded by our Speaking Rights participants and youth leaders across the country. Equitas is proud to continue to use human rights education to empower youth across Canada to become leaders in their communities who work to implement the change they want to see around them.