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Capilano University’s Global Stewardship program receives CIDA grant to tap into high school students’ potential

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Contact: Cam Sylvester 604.986.1911, ex 2463
E-mail: csylvest@capilanou.ca
Photos available

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) –With only four short years left for the United Nations to reach its self-imposed millennium development goals, it’s “time to get serious,” says Cam Sylvester, convenor of Capilano University’s Global Stewardship program.

“Let’s tap into the energy and creativity of high school students. They are boundless in their enthusiasm. Even Mao Zedong knew that!” he chuckles.

Thus were born three programs: Justice High, Change Pilotz, and Passport2Action, all organized and delivered to high school student across the province by students in Cap’s innovative Global Stewardship program. The programs are supported with a grant from the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) public engagement fund.

Now in their second year, the three projects work to achieve three different goals: 
Justice High is a day-long series of workshops on the MDGs delivered in the high schools.  Along with the hands-on workshops, guest speakers, t-shirts and lunch are supplied for participants. The goal is to inform students of the MDG’s and get them thinking about solutions they can achieve. A video of last year’s Justice High project can be found here.

Change Pilotz takes those students who want to support the MDGs in a tangible way, and takes them on a weekend retreat to learn from social entrepreneurs from Canada and Africa: young people who started their own sustainable organizations to address issues in their communities.   The best projects will be presented at an Eagle’s Nest event – “a bit like ‘Dragon’s Den’, but with a heart,” Sylvester explains – where representatives from credit unions, the private sector, and community development projects can seed projects with as much as $1,000 to get them off the ground.

Passport2Action is a “volunteer passport” handed out to students through their schools. When they volunteer at an organization, they receive a stamp. Those with enough stamps will be entered in a draw for prizes supplied by local companies.

Students, teachers, parents, or companies wishing to join the Global Stew in any of these activities can check the Global Stewardship website at www.capilanou.ca/globalstewardship, or contact Hali Downs at halidowns@gmail.com


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