SGI-Canada Members Support Youth Leadership Camps
Between July 31 and August 13, twelve SGI-Canada members helped to organize the annual "Take Action Academy" at the University of British Columbia. Held throughout Canada, Take Action Academies are weeklong leadership camps sponsored by Free The Children--a charity and educational program aimed at empowering youth to help free children from poverty, exploitation and the notion that they are powerless. Through exploring social issues in workshops and discussion groups, such as those organized by SGI-Canada members, these leadership camps aim to encourage young people to develop into socially conscious global citizens who can work for social change around the world.
As part of the Take Action Academy at the University of British Columbia, the SGI and Earth Charter joint exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change" was shown. SGI members from Vancouver facilitated six workshops drawing on themes taken from the exhibition. Utilizing the phrase "everything starts with oneself," the workshops highlighted the power of the individual to effect change both at a local and global level and included small group discussions on the themes of peace, sustainability, advocacy and social justice.
Daniella Cairns, who led some of the workshops, remarked that the youth participants symbolized great promise and hope for the future.
[Adapted from an article in the September, 2011, issue of the SGI-Canada Online News, SGI-Canada; photo courtesy of SGI-Canada]