Global Issues Symposium for Youth
Registration for Symposium 2012 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!Who BC Youth grades 10-12
When: November 9-12, 2012 (overnight)
Where: Timberline Ranch Camp, Maple Ridge
What: Currently in its 28th year, Symposium is a four day overnight event in which over 90 BC youth learn about global issues such as food security, international humanitarian law, preventing discrimination, refugees, and HIV/AIDs through interactive workshops! We aim to turn their passion into action and give them the resources to initiate change on these global issues at a local level. Symposium is organized and led by a team of youth Resource Leaders, who put over 7 months of volunteer work into planning this exciting event.
For information on bursaries, follow this link.
Symposium 2012 event poster (PDF, 2.7MB)
Inspired by New Friends (from a 2011 Symposium participant)
"I went to Symposium wanting to change the world. I came home changed myself."
Symposium is not a conference or a lecture series. It is built around challenging experiential activities that compel participants to learn and empathize through experiencing as opposed to just listening. These role plays and simulations encourage a personal exploration of how war affects people and of the daily realities of many people around the world.
Symposium does more than raise awareness about the plethora of issues explored with fun and interesting hands on activities. It also helps youth take action by providing tangible tools through skill-development workshops that enable youth to take initiative in their schools and communities. In addition, participants are introduced to a variety of other related opportunities with other local and international humanitarian organizations at the Take Action Fair of the conference.
“Symposium gave me perspective about my own role in the world and how I could contribute, how I could translate compassion into action.”
Gain Knowledge and Perspective...
- Human rights and International Law
- Landmines and cluster munitions
- Responsibility to Protect
- Food security
- Taking action
Cost: $275 (Includes accommodation, meals, and all materials for the entire weekend)
We accept cash, cheque, money order, and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express).
*For those who qualify, bursaries may be available if cost is a barrier to attending. For more information, please contact us.
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