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Youth Engagement in Politics – YEP (Ward 14 MP Debate & DeClutter, Get Involved in Politics Networking Event) September 9, 2015

Posted by KDA in Uncategorized.

DreBu is happy to announce yet another civic engagment youth-led project with the YATAV members. Last year, in the wake of the Toronto municipal election fever,  for three months, members of YATAV and DreBu worked together in organizing a civic engagement event that  featured youth-desired activities such as music and video games for engagement tools. Over 35 youth participated and learned about the importance of advocacy and voting to participate in our democracy for positive outcomes and a vibrant civic society.

The current YEP project and its’ events are  part II of Youth Civic Engagement work led by DreBu and YATAV members under our ACT YES initiative that began in September 2014. Two events are hosted on the same evening on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 in Parkdale at the Tenant Cafe (1267 Queen St. West) : Youth Networking Event engages participants through a “DeClutter” activity where an item is exchanged for another item that has a story behind it (every thing has a story!) followed by an interactive discussion and workshop around youth issues, advocacy, equity and the power of voting in a democratic society. The event is then followed by the #Ward14MPDebate featuring ward 14 MP candidates for the upcoming October 19th Federal Elections. The Debate is youth-led and livestreamed.

The #Ward14MPDebate event  was a great success attended by over 150 people including 50 youth. Enjoy the photo album here.

Stay tuned for more events under YEP project and follow us on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram @DreBuMedia

The project partners are DreBu, Laidlaw Foundation (Pop-Up Grant), Parkdale Community Legal Services, YATAV and The Tenant Cafe.  Led by five youth leaders aged 18 to 30 (Gelek Badheytsang – Co-founder of DreBu, Tenzin C. Lhunkhang, Tenzin Lhakdon, Sonam Lhadon & Tashi Lama. Mentored/directed by Kalsang Dolma (Chair & Co-founder, DreBu).

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