Youth Empowerment

Passing Mandela's Torch to a New Generation of Leaders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If there were such a thing as a rock star politician, the man known affectionately around the globe as "Madiba" is one. Today's youngest generation did not witness his historic struggle, release or election. Yet they know his extraordinary messages of equality, hope and forgiveness. And they are ready to receive his torch.

Youth Voices Must Resonate

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the 4th session of the UN Open Working Groups (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals in New York as a delegate of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA), member of the Major Group of Children and Youth.

ChangeMaker: Special Guests at the First Ever U.S. We Day

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Students at Lincoln High, an inner-city school in Tacoma, Washington, banded together to support their peers; but their efforts extended beyond the schoolyard, to global service actions. They are in the midst of a penny drive to support a local homeless shelter.

Star Power: The Hero's Hero, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The Archbishop is a South African social rights activist. He rose to worldwide prominence in the 1980s as a staunch opponent of his country's policy of apartheid. He was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town. His irrepressible spirit is particularly awe-inspiring when you consider the South Africa from which he emerged.

Star Power: Robb Nash on 'the Wonderful Opportunity of Dying'

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Robb Nash was hit by a truck the winter he was 17. The collision stripped the roof off of the car he was in and knocked him onto the highway, where he cracked his skull. He remained unconscious until the following spring. Now, 16 years later, he offers this advice: "Don't wait to get hit by a semi" to start living with purpose.

How Youth Can Change the World

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In the course of my work at Plan I see so many young people with great potential of their own who have so few opportunities to explore or express it. Still, they bravely persist in striving to make their mark on the world, even in contexts of deprivation and conflict. Programs like Girls Making Media and International Youth Day, youth are changing the world.