TakingITGlobal and partners launch 4th World Youth Congress

    QUEBEC CITY, June 11 /CNW/ - TakingITGlobal joined several partners and
supporters in unveiling the program for ReGeneration 2008: 4th World Youth
Congress today at Laval University. Executive Director and co-Founder Jennifer
Corriero joined Peace Child International President David Woollcombe and
Congress Director Christian Robitaille in launching this event which will see
600 young leaders from around the world coming to Quebec City from August 10
to 21 to celebrate youth-led development. In a video message that started the
official launch, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor
General of Canada and honorary patron of the Congress remarked that young
people have "a unique message of hope and solidarity to be our compass as we
chart a new direction for our planet."
    "The objectives of the World Youth Congress mesh perfectly with
TakingITGlobal's mission to inspire, inform and involve young people to take
positive action in their communities," adds Corriero. "We are truly honoured
to be a lead organizer of such an important celebration of youth-led
    The World Youth Congress is made possible thanks to the support of
government, non-profit and corporate partners, all of whom recognize the need
to recognize the achievements and potential of young development actors. Of
particular note is the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA),
through their financial support, will allow 100 Canadian delegates to showcase
the work and experiences, and demonstrate that they are leading the way in
improving communities.
    As one of the co-organizing partners, TakingITGlobal will see a marked
increase in involvement over the last Congress, held in Scotland in 2005. One
major component of this year's event is the inclusion of a virtual congress
running concurrently with the action on the ground. TakingITGlobal developed
the World Youth Virtual Congress where young activists unable to attend will
also participate in several skills-building workshops and experience other
Congress events. "By leveraging our online expertise, we're able to give other
youth around the world the opportunity to participate in the virtual medium,"
says Michael Furdyk, Director of Technology and co-Founder of TakingITGlobal.
    TakingITGlobal's vibrant online community platform has been a vital
aspect of the delegates' experience leading up to Quebec City, and will
hopefully continue to play an important role once they have returned home.
From robust tools that organizes project implementation to providing in-depth
knowledge on key global issues like Climate Change and HIV/AIDS, the 600
delegates join 200,000 young people actively making a positive impact in the
local and global communities.
    TakingITGlobal staff will be running eight different workshops and
seminars as part of the Skills-Building component of the program from August
13 to 17. The Guide to Action workshops, which will be held in English, French
and Spanish, is anticipated to be an extremely popular seminar. Based on a
six-step process developed by TakingITGlobal, participants will learn
important project management skills that will enhance their ability to run
community improvement projects in their home countries.
    Other workshops to be delivered by TakingITGlobal will include:
Fundraising 101: 5 steps to Successful Fundraising; Youth Leadership and
Entrepreneurship; Technology as a Tool for Global Learning; Understanding the
Rights of Indigenous People; and Using the Web for Social Change.

    About TakingITGlobal

    TakingITGlobal is an international organization - led by youth and
empowered by technology. TakingITGlobal connects youth around the world to
find inspiration, information and get involved in improving their local and
global communities. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with a growing worldwide
presence, the organization's flagship program TakingITGlobal.org, serves as
the most popular online community for young people interested in connecting
across cultures and making a difference, with hundreds of thousands of
visitors each month. TakingITGlobal works with global partners - from UN
agencies, to major companies, and especially youth organizations - to build
the capacity of youth for development, artistic and media expression, make
education more engaging, and involve young people in global decision-making.

For further information:

For further information: Kirsten Jordan, Partnerships Coordinator,
kirsten@takingitglobal.org, (416) 977-9363

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