March 23, 2010: Youth Speak. Make Them Listen!

March 23rd, 2010

For immediate release: Peterborough Youth Conference: Youth Speak. Make Them Listen!

The Kawartha World Issues Centre invites youth 14-25 years of age to participate in the annual spring conference, Global Youth Day, on Friday, April 30th from 9:00am to 3:30pm at the Peterborough Public Library.

This one-day community-based youth conference will bring together over 100 youth from the Peterborough area.  Those in attendance will be able to participate in amazing workshops, get to know other youth who want to make a difference, and network with local organizations and businesses that are passionate about social and environmental justice.

This year’s theme is “Youth Speak. Make Them Listen!:  Youth, Art & Activism.” Through skill-based workshops and plenary keynote speakers, youth will have the opportunity to explore relevant social and environmental justice issues using visual and performing arts to learn from a variety of perspectives.  For example, two facilitators from the M’Chigeeng First Nation & Manitoulin Island will lead a discussion on climate change and how it is affecting our food supply globally and locally.   Participants can also participate in a Guerrilla Street Theatre workshop exploring concepts of oppression and anti-oppression, learn about sustainable eating and creative cooking with Food Not Bombs, open the Activist Tool Box and learn how to get their message seen and heard with Seeds For Justice, and use street art to reclaim public space.   The conference connects youth through shared interest in creating positive change and facilitates opportunities to network with organizations and businesses that are doing like-minded work.

Keynote speaker, Ben Powless, is a Mohawk youth from Six Nations, Ontario.  He is involved with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, National Council for the Canadian Environmental Network, and sits on the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.  Ben is an activist and internationally respected speaker.  He is currently studying Human Rights, Indigenous and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa and aspires to work in National and International issues involving indigenous rights, human rights and their interplay with the environment.

Global Youth Day 2010 has been organized by a youth working group that has been planning since November 2009 and is sponsored in by the City of Peterborough, Jamaican Self-Help Youth Action Team, Trent IMPACT, Indigenous Environmental Studies and KPRETFO.  GYD is full of hands-on ways to get your voice heard and learn about social issues that impact us all – so come check it out!  It’s gonna be the sickest.  Ever.

Registration is in advance.  Suggested fee is $5 or pay what you can, and includes snacks and lunch.  Registration forms and info can be found at Or contact the Kawartha World Issues Centre at 748-1680.