About The Project
Part One: Educational Supplies
Around the world, having an education can change lives. In Mexico, children are often forced to drop out of school to generate an income to support themselves and their families. It is our philosophy that children belong in school. Our goal is to help at-risk youth to obtain an education which will give them the knowledge and skills necessary for improving their lives and their communities. We do this by giving educational necessities to students and teachers, as well as talking to students about the importance of education.
Some of the schools that we work with are a part of DIF, the Mexico social service agency. They house children aged 10 to 17 that have been subjected to immigration issues, lack birth certificates, were homeless, or experienced abuse. We also provide educational necessities to other rural schools around Mexico whose primary student body is comprised of underprivileged children.
Part Two: Empowering Youth
The second component of our mission is to give youth in Canada an opportunity to build important skills and gain critical experience. The Youth Connection allows students volunteering in Canada the autonomy of running their own club in order to fundraise and raise awareness of our mission. This allows them to build leadership skills, communication skills, time management skills, and creativity, preparing them for their future co-op and job applications.
The Youth Connection aims to spread awareness amongst youth groups in Canada about the detriments youth beyond our borders are facing. It is important to us that Canadian youth become aware of their positions of privilege and power, and use that for the greater good. We hope to inspire youth nationally to spread kindness, volunteer, and give to others who are less fortunate!
To support our mission, The Youth Connection hosts events, fundraisers, and awareness exhibitions in various cities across Canada.