African Ancestry Project Youth Dialogue

The Youth Dialogue is a series of three virtual youth dialogues curated to engage 40 young people between ages 15 and 19 with the contents of Worlds Within report.

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Recruitment
40 youth, between 15 and 19 years of age, as follows:
• 20 Black youth
• 20 youths of Indigenous, Asian, and other racialized backgrounds.
While Black youths will attend all the three dialogue sessions, the other youths will only attend the last two sessions. The first session is meant for Black youths to freely share their unique reflections.
Dates (Exact dates and times for second and third sessions to be confirmed):
*First dialogue: Saturday, November 26th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, engaging Black youths
*Second dialogue: February 2023, engaging Black and other racialized youth
*Third dialogue: May 2023, public event led by youth participants

To participate, youths (or their parents/guardians) can email us at africanancestryprojectbc@gmail.com or directly register to attend HERE

Recruitment will continue until spots are filled.

African Ancestry Project Youth Dialogue Series

The African Ancestry Project brings awareness to the diversity of Black people in British Columbia through storytelling and dialogue. People of African ancestry represent a rich diversity evident in varied histories, identities, and experiences. However, Canadian society largely treats us as a monolith, a single homogenous group, categorized as Black because of our darker skin tones. Worlds Within, a report of the African Ancestry Project showcases the diversity of Black people and communities through stories shared by project participants. This report is a resource for knowledge sharing and a tool to inspire important conversations around our visions of genuine multiculturalism and social justice.

The Youth Dialogue Series is a series of three virtual youth dialogues curated to engage 40 young people between ages 15 and 19 with the contents of Worlds Within report. This is a critical demographic. As young people transition to adulthood, they are actively developing their ideals and personal values in search for their place and contribution to society. While schools are important avenues to guide young people in this process of reflection, many things are left out of classrooms. The youth dialogues will not only engage youths in conversations about the diversity of Black people in BC but will also promote their active and engaged participation on their sense of place in the context of Canada’s multiculturalism values. It will create a youth-friendly space for open and positive conversations and reflections on the diverse histories, identities, and experiences of people of African ancestry in British Columbia. This project particularly targets Black, and other racialized youth. We recognize that this is a priority population which does not often come together in safety to engage on issues affecting them.

Theme

Identity and belonging in multicultural British Columbia

Resources and Outputs

*Each participant will receive a physical copy of Worlds Within report; e-book version is available for free HERE
*Three virtual dialogue sessions
*Workshops on multiculturalism and dialogue engagement & facilitation (as part of the dialogue sessions)
*Following successful attendance of the dialogue series, participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Participation

Youth participation will include attending three dialogue and training sessions, approximately three hours each, totalling nine hours. In reflecting on the Worlds Within report, participants will be asked to use a creative medium of their choice to share their reflection. Participants will also have an opportunity to put their learnings into practice by hosting a virtual community dialogue event together with the African Ancestry Project (on voluntary basis). Other opportunities would be presented to the participants depending on their interest and availability.

Dates

First dialogue: Saturday, November 26th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, engaging Black youths
Second dialogue: February 2023, engaging Black and other racialized youth, date/time to be confirmed
Third dialogue: May 2023, public event led by youth participants, date/time to be confirmed

While Black youths will attend all the three dialogue sessions, the other youths will only attend the last two sessions. The first session is meant for Black youths to freely share their unique reflections.

Recruitment and Registration

We are recruiting 40 youth, between 15 and 19 years of age, as follows:
• 20 Black youth
• 2o youths of Indigenous, Asian, and other racialized backgrounds

To participate, youths (or their parents/guardians) can email us at africanancestryprojectbc@gmail.com or directly register to attend HERE

We look forward to hearing from you.

This Youth Dialogue Series is directed by Alice Mũrage and implemented in partnership Dr. Maureen Kihika, the BC Black History Awareness Society, and the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.