June 11, 2008 11:00 ET

TakingITGlobal and Partners Launch 4th World Youth Congress

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - 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 development!"

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.

Contact Information

  • TakingITGlobal
    Kirsten Jordan
    Partnerships Coordinator
    (416) 977-9363