Plan Canada and Mobile Jam Fest to Create One of the World's Largest Youth Cultural Exchange Programs

    More than Seven Million Youth to be connected through online social

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Mobile Jam Fest (MJF), the world's largest youth
creativity festival, is partnering with international development organization
Plan Canada, to create one of the world's largest youth social network that
will give more than seven million global youth access to a safe,
user-generated, online platform to share and creatively express themselves.
    This initiative will also allow Canadian classrooms the opportunity to
engage, create, collaborate and exchange online media content, like films,
photography, radio production, creative writing, citizen activism with other
Plan youth from places as far off as Sudan, Peru and Indonesia.
    "To successfully engage today's youth, we must use the interactive tools
they are accustomed to and comfortable with," says Craig Goodwill, executive
director of MJF. "This social-networking and user-generated "Creative Class"
platform provides youth the opportunity to collaborate, share and connect;
which is consistent with what we have been striving to do with our larger
Mobile Jam Fest initiative."
    The ultimate goal is to empower young people from around the world with
the ability to express themselves and share their creativity, tearing down
cultural or geographical boundaries.
    "Plan Canada is a leader in developing and running youth media projects,
giving kids the confidence and ability to have their voices heard," says
Goodwill. "I have traveled to both West Africa and Haiti to see Plan's work
first hand. I cannot be more thrilled about working with this organization."
    "Plan Canada is an organization that works everyday to ensure the rights
of children are met around the world, and we believe that engaging children in
the process is integral to achieving that goal," says Dr. Tanjina Mirza,
Senior Director, International Programs, Plan Canada. "Connecting youth around
the globe not only empowers them, it allows them to become part of a community
in which children are speaking out, and others, including adults are taking
note. Plan has youth media programs in almost all of the 49 developing
countries they work in, and this relationship with Mobile Jam Fest will
connect young people from across the globe, including Canada."

    MJF is an international youth creativity competition for ages 14-29. MJF
brings together youth to collaborate in the areas of creativity, education and
social awareness. For more information about Mobile Jam Fest go to

    Plan Canada is part of Plan International, a child-centred international
development and humanitarian relief organization that operates in 49
developing countries. It was founded in 1937 as Foster Parents Plan.

For further information:

For further information: Mobile Jam Fest: Paul Tyler,,; Steven Theobald, media relations
manager at Plan Canada, (416) 920-1654 ext 211, or

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