Helen Choi —
A group of youth, 12-14 years of age, are taking their action plans to their constituency leaders and inspiring policy makers to take part in cleaning up their neighborhood. Hard hitting topics such as bullying, gender inequality in sports, gang violence and littering are on the top of the list this year.
In partnership with World Vision, The Yonge Street Mission developed a youth leadership and social justice program called Youth United in Visionary Action (YUVA). The past month, YUVA’s presented a series of community action plans of pressing concern for youth living with poverty. They made these presentations to Toronto-Centre’s MPP Glen Murray and Toronto Centre-Rosedale City Councillor Pam McConnell at Toronto’s City Hall, and then to National Chief Shawn Atleo in Ottawa. YUVA’s in return gained face-to-face invaluable insight on civic engagement from political dignitaries.
“We are thrilled with the impact that the youth are having in their community because of the YUVA program! Kids are becoming strong, positive, and effective leaders, and their lives are transforming because of it” says Natasha Armstrong, YUVA Manager.
Now in the execution phase of their action plans, the youth have met regularly with other youth led groups, such as the St. James Town Youth Council, and have organized an upcoming “Community Clean-Up Day”. MPP Glen Murray and over 150 people are expected to participate.
To register or to learn more contact 416-929-9288. Natasha Armstrong, YUVA Manager.
“Community Clean Up Day”
What: Help YUVA Youth pick up litter and beautify the St. James Town neighbourhood
Date: May 10th
Meet: 225 Wellesley Street East