Environmental Youth Alliance Managing Director Doug Ragan takes 17 years
of global experience in youth issues back to classroom
VANCOUVER, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Doug Ragan, who is one of the world's foremost
experts on the issues of global youth, has taken a leave from his home in
Vancouver to accept a PhD fellowship with the University of Colorado's
Children, Youth and Environment Centre.
As the Managing Director of Environmental Youth Alliance for 17 years,
Ragan has traveled the world and worked with UN agencies to address critical
issues involving youth - most notably in Africa and at home in Canada.
"More than 70% of Africa's population is under the age of 25," says
Ragan. "Because of war, famine and HIV/AIDS, kids are now heads of households.
That demographic shift, which governments seem determined to overlook, cannot
help but affect the urban and social development in those countries. We need
to engage these youth now in a positive way, or the negative consequences
could be dramatic and destructive."
The fellowship, worth $27,000 per year until graduation, will fund
Ragan's research into issues of immigration and economic renewal between the
youthful developing world and the aging developed world.
"Youth faces generational discrimination in grabbing hold of the power
they need to affect change," he explains. "But there is a clear model to
follow. Just as the development of women dominated the 20th Century, youth
development will be this century's social revolution. We need to expedite
leadership roles for youth today and not just wait for the inevitable shift in
"We are delighted to have Doug join us," says Willem van Vliet, Director
of the Children, Youth and Environment Centre at the University of Colorado.
"He brings tremendous expertise and rich experience in youth participation in
community development. His networks will enhance our ability to work
synergistically with EYA and other organizations. We welcome his interests in
international development and look forward to his contributions to the center
in the years to come."
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For further information: Doug Ragan, Phone: (303) 258-6288, Email: