|30 Years of Canada World Youth: A look
Canada World Youth is founded by the
Honourable Jacques Hébert, with the mission of expanding
the role of youth in developing their communities and promoting
The first groups of Canada World Youth
participants are sent to Cameroon, Malaysia, Mexico, Tunisia
Ten years after its creation, Canada
World Youth has already initiated programs between Canada
and more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
and the Caribbean.
Canada World Youth celebrates its 10th anniversary by organizing
the North-South Youth Assembly, an international conference
of partners from around the world who are interested in getting
youth more actively involved in society. The conference results
are presented to the United Nations.
Six new exchange countries are introduced:
Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Pakistan, Peru, Somalia and Togo.
To mark International Year of Youth,
Canada World Youth organizes a six-month pilot project involving
18 former Canada World Youth participants and nine youths
from Zaire. Participants are involved in community work while
in Zaire, and organize presentations in Canadian communities
upon their return.
In collaboration with Oxfam, Canada World Youth provides emergency
services to Colombian earthquake victims in the form of financial
aid and direct programming for homeless youth.
Canada World Youth continues to diversify
programs with the launch of its Work Partner Programs that
provide youth with an opportunity to work overseas on projects
organized by local groups.
After studying many educational youth
programs around the world, the Netherlands initiates a program
modeled after Canada World Youth. (Later, Sweden - in 1993 - and
Great Britain - in 1999 - will also model programs after Canada
Canada World Youth begins a new program with Sri Lanka and
the Coady Institute in which past participants receive training
in starting small businesses and cooperatives.
Twelve Canadians and Nicaraguans participate
in an exchange program during which participants film a documentary
on international development and intercultural relations.
During the project "The Wheels
of Change," 12 young people travel by bicycle to communities
in Ontario and British Columbia to present workshops on international
development, the environment and social justice.
Central and Eastern European programs
200th anniversary of the arrival of
the Maroons in Nova Scotia from Jamaica where they escaped
British rule. In Halifax, the Maroons played a key role in
defending Halifax by building the Maroon Bastion on Citadel
Hill. The Maroon Bicentennial Youth Exchange Program celebrates
this anniversary. The program focuses on small business development
for Black youth from Nova Scotia and Jamaica.
The Honourable Jacques Hébert, founding president of
Canada World Youth, publishes Hello, World!, in which he describes
the creation of Canada World Youth and the experiences of
Canada World Youth participants meet
members of Team Canada in Mumbai (Bombay), India in January
1996, and in Thailand in January 1997.
Canada World Youth and Cégep
Marie-Victorin develop a certificate program in community
development and intercultural relations, which is accredited
by the Quebec Ministry of Education. Over the years, several
other universities and colleges offer academic credit to Canada
World Youth participants, confirming the educational value
of Canada World Youth's programs
Canada World Youth and Oxfam-Quebec
mobilize former Canada World Youth participants in less
than a week to travel to Honduras and El Salvador to help
with the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch.
Industry Canada signs a two-year,
$8.2-million agreement with Canada World Youth to lead the
NetCorps Canada International program. The program permits
about 500 interns from nine different organizations to work
on information technology projects overseas and in Canadian
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien meets with a group of
Canada World Youth participants during his official visit
The first world conference of Canada World Youth past participants
is held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event's organizers -
the Indonesian Association of International Youth Exchange
Programs Alumni of Indonesia - give Canada World Youth a
place of honour at the conference.
Canada World Youth develops new mission
and vision statements with a view to revitalizing the organization
and ensuring the ongoing relevance of these statements to
Canada World Youth marks its 30th
anniversary; to date, more than 20,000 young people have
participated in CWY programs in more than 60 countries around