Wolfville Youth Leaders Core Group
Our group has been working hard to develop our youth action project. Over the past month we have met some very exciting and inspiring international development leaders!
On March 2, 2013 we travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia (an hour away) to meet with the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association (NSGA). Their Executive Director, Muhammed Ngallen, shared his story of what it was like to grow up in The Gambia and we learned about the life-saving initiatives the NSGA is doing in The Gambia. Jakob Conrad then joined us, an inspiring young man who started “Twoonies from Toubabs,” a fundraising initiative he started at just age nine (he is shown in the picture talking to our group). He helped inspire our youth on how something simple can have an extraordinary impact. He showed us that young people can truly make a difference. His mother, Cathy Conrad, who is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the NSGA, joined Jakob and she also helped the youth to understand how they can make a difference.
Then on March 6th, we had a great Skype meeting with Rebecca Sweetman, Executive Director of the Paradigm Shift Project. She shared with us how she started the organization and how making documentary films and using media can make a change.
Our group has been so inspired by these leaders. The group has decided to develop a short-film/video on plastic bag use and waste, and how youth in their area can help to reduce the impact on our environment and how this will help locally and globally. Over the next month we will be working on creating this video. At the end of April, we are going to hold a showing of the film in our community and use this opportunity to raise money for an international development organization.
As the leader of this group, I am so thankful to everyone who has helped and inspired the youth for their project; and I am especially proud of our group for their project choice and their passion to make a difference here in rural Nova Scotia. Thank you, Youth Challenge International, for making this possible.
– Robin Campbell, Global Action Grant winner and Youth Ambassador alumnus.