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Youth Action Team Against Violence – YATAV October 14, 2014

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DreBu is happy to announce a youth-led project, Youth Action Team Against Violence (YATAV).

YATAV  is a youths’ collective voice and action for violence prevention and vibrant communities. The group was first concieved by five Canadian Tibetan Youth from Toronto and DreBu’s Chiar/Co-founder, Kalsang.  After hundreds of hours of discussions, meetings and brain-storming sessions between Kalsang and six youth leaders (Tashi, Choden, Lhakdon, Chokden, Agar and Tsewang) over a several month period, YATAV became an official group in July 2014.

YATAV’s members contribute towards DreBu’s ACT YES program initiatives and help initiate youth-led projects or participate in them.

The group’s works are based on a preventative and socially innovative model that is anti-oppressive, equitable, engaging and inclusive. Although the current project’s community focus is the diaspora Tibetan youth in Toronto, the project activities remain open to all youth in communities across Toronto and Canada.

YATAV focuses on advocacy, youth engagement, leadership, discussion forums, research, youth resiliency, peer support and violence prevention scholarship funds.

In October 2014, YATAV members helped lead an event, Youth Civic Engagement for Violence Prevention supported by DreBu’s ACT YES initiative.  The event featured  youth-desired engagement activities where youth immersed in the discussions around civic engagement through live music, karaoke and gaming activities. This event was supported by Laidlaw Foundation Pop-up Funding program. It was a successful event with great outcomes, attended by over 35 youth. Learn more about the event here on Facebook.

YATAV is seeking diverse partners for collaborative works and hope to achieve its’ many objectives one step at a time in helping create a more vibrant youth community. Anyone interested in joining as a member of YATAV can write to drebu.org@gmail.com with subject: YATAV membership.

Stay tuned for more news! For updates/events/photo albums , please visit our facebook page.

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