International Youth Council – Mississauga Chapter is a member chapter of International Youth Council. International Youth Council was founded at Youth Assembly at the United Nations in 2007. The International Youth Council seeks to unite, inspire, and develop the next generation of world leaders. We at the Mississauga Chapter tries to meet with these expectations. We are members of the International Youth Council – Mississauga Chapter, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The URL for the chapter is, http://internationalyouthcouncil.com/group/mississauga.
Sustainable development and Environmental stewardship in any society would not take place, unless the populace has a keen understanding as to why such is important. We believe education and knowledge plays a fundamental component in this regard. Therefore, for the past few years, we have been concentrating on key components that would facilitate education and knowledge, which in turn leads to self-empowerment. We have concentrated on items such a reuse of personal computers, reuse of text books, reuse of eye glasses in local and international arena with reputed non-profit organizations. We believe a resource such as personal computers, text books, eye glasses that have already been produced should have its useful life extended, wherever and whenever possible. We also believe these components are a few of the fundamental tools for education and knowledge.
By providing the components mentioned above to those who otherwise would not have access to such due to lack of access and affordability and no cost to the recipient, starts the journey of self-empowerment of the vulnerable in our global society. This empowerment of the most vulnerable has a cascading effect in society that enriches the process towards Sustainable development and Environmental stewardship. We believe this application has relevance in any community throughout the world.
It is also important to note that the mentioned cascading effect is best starts at local level and there after extending to national and international. Once engagement and sustenance has taken hold at the local level, success towards national and international level can be under taken in measured approach. We with the local community of interested parties that included non-profit organizations, schools and individuals gathered around the common theme of need, such as mentioned above. The benefit to our local community is engagement in sustainable development and environmental stewardship, which not only had an impact at the local level, but internationally as well. That of below are few examples of our initiatives.
At the local level, we sent used school text books to a non-profit that helps the Aboriginal Community schools in Ontario. Another example in the local community is us sending used text books to a non-profit that helps youth. New immigrants to Ontario who wants to be re accredited in their chosen profession, benefited from the used text books that were given to a non-profit which was a facilitator. Used text books were also the beneficiary of a non-profit that helps children with disabilities.
In national and international capacity, an initiative was to collect used eye glasses for Lions International. This was done by local schools and community. The collected used eye glasses were sent to Calgary, Alberta for evaluation and categorization. There after any non-profit internationally that needs to cater to the visually challenged would approach Lions International for the needed eye glasses.
An international initiative was sending used school text books and used personal computers to the Philippines and another was sending used school text books to Sri Lanka. The impact of these initiatives was meaningful as most school kids and youth who benefited from such were in need and the learning and life skills that would be gleaned from the material sent would be cascading.
We had the privilege to meet with Dr. Palitha Kohona, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, in New York, USA. At this opportunity we advised of our outreach to Sri Lanka and advised of our commitment towards the Millennium Development Goals. We also provided input towards a book titled ‘Green My Parents’ published in the USA, which is geared towards the Environment from a Youth perspective. Upon publication, we facilitated it being made available in the Mississauga Library System, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, thus making it available for all in our local community. This is another tool which would facilitate towards the Millennium Development Goals.