City launches new youth leadership project citizenU

January 10, 2011 | Arts and Culture

Mayor Gregor Robertson joined Dr. Alice Wong, MP for Richmond, and local youth to announce the launch of citizenU, an innovative youth leadership project launched today by the City of Vancouver.

“CitizenU is part of the City’s efforts to engage young people as tomorrow’s leaders,” said Mayor Robertson. “This program exemplifies our efforts to build a strong multicultural city, free of racism and discrimination.

“In Vancouver, we have a legacy of  being an inclusive and tolerant city. We need to keep working on that and keep strengthening our commitment to it."

CitizenU is a three-year, city-wide project that will provide anti-racism and intercultural leadership training for 2,000 young people between 15 and 20 years old. They will learn leadership skills, and be part of intercultural team-building activities, storytelling sessions, neighbourhood and cross-cultural exchanges, and community-wide public events.

Up to 4,000 young people and their families from marginalized communities will be engaged over the course of the initiative. citizenU will help build bridges between Vancouver’s Aboriginal, newcomer and other cultural and faith-based communities.

The initiative will complement the work underway in the City on the Dialogues Project and YouthPolitik.

CitizenU will receive $905,000 over three years from the Federal Government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The City of Vancouver is providing in-kind services through staff time, venue space and administrative support.

Photo credit: City of Vancouver