May 17th was the 10th annual Global Youth Day spring conference in Peterborough, which brought together 80 local youth between 14 and 24 years of age in downtown Peterborough.
Check out our media coverage here.
The theme of this year’s conference was Youth in Action: Food, Climate and Sustainability, with ten different workshops offered. This year the conference featured two keynote speakers, Vanessa Gray, an Indigenous youth leader from Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Elly Adeland, director of the Otesha Project, a national youth-led charitable organization.
What makes Global Youth Day unique from other youth conferences is that it is entirely youth led and developed. In addition to a day of sharing knowledge and skills, participants planned and participated in a public action to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, holding a flash mob at the intersection of George and Simcoe Streets! There is some great coverage of the conference in the Peterborough Examiner! Vegan and vegetarian refreshments and door prizes also added to the fun and welcoming atmosphere.
Friends were made, connections over common interests and new passions were developed, and participants, facilitators and organizers left feeling inspired, empowered and refreshed. All of this was possible because of the generous support of our funders, sponsors, donors and supporters. We are extremely grateful for your generosity and support for youth-led intiatives in Peterborough.
Here’s some of the feedback we received from participants:
“I came expecting a conference and found a passionate community excited to teach me about global issues.”
“I was inspired to see all of the passion that people in my/our community have to sustain our world”
“I learned that change is easier to do if you get together and act it out, not just talk about it”
A big thank you on behalf of the Global Youth Day Working Group to all the participants, volunteers and supporters!
The City of Peterborough