Funding partners for the International Youth Internship Program and International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative

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International Youth Internship Program proposals selected for funding

The following 12 proposals selected under the International Youth Internship Program have a total value of $23.6 million over four years:

Bow Valley College - up to $1.5 million over three years

Bow Valley College, in partnership with the College of the Rockies and Selkirk College, will send 84 interns to nine countries to help support economic growth, democracy and the education of children and youth by working closely with local organizations.

Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda and Tanzania

The Canadian Bar Association - up to $2.4 million over four years

As part of the Young Lawyers International Program, the Canadian Bar Association will send 128 interns to 10 countries, where they will acquire transferable employment skills through activities such as conducting legal research and analysis, writing, managing client relations and liaising with justice-sector stakeholders. The young interns will also participate in public education and advocacy activities, such as the promotion of human rights.

Countries: Guyana, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Madagascar, Myanmar, Namibia, Serbia, Ukraine and Vietnam

United Nations Association in Canada - up to $1.7 million over four years

The United Nations Association in Canada will send 100 interns to 10 countries as part of its International Development and Diplomacy Internship Programme. This program is designed to support the development implementation plans and strategies of a range of UN agencies in various countries. The interns will help advance Canadian development priorities, such as securing the future of children and youth, advancing democracy, increasing food security and stimulating sustainable economic growth.

Countries: Cambodia, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Laos, Peru, Rwanda, Thailand, Ukraine and Zimbabwe

Youth Challenge International - up to $1.7 million over three and a half years

As part of the Innovate ME project, Youth Challenge International will send 92 interns to six countries, where they will address youth engagement and leadership development; environmental sustainability; youth livelihood, literacy and workforce development; youth access to technology; and the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for youth, including by applying them to real-life situations.

Countries: Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Senegal and Thailand

Alternatives Inc. - up to $2.2 million over three years

In partnership with the Réseau des Carrefours Jeunesse-Emploi du Québec TÉLUQ University, Ricochet and Funambules Médias, Alternatives Inc. will send 120 interns to 10 countries as part of the ICT Driving Social Change project. Project activities include setting up a training program on how to use information and communications technology; developing and hosting educational math, chemistry and physics games; developing an online discussion forum; and providing training on developing communications strategies in support of governance, gender equality and environment.

Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Uganda

Carrefour de solidarité internationale de Sherbrooke [Sherbrooke international solidarity centre] - up to $2 million over four and a half years

Carrefour de solidarité internationale de Sherbrooke will send 112 interns to four countries as part of the Professional Internships project. A significant proportion of internships will aim to promote democracy and gender equality, while others will seek to support eco‑friendly economic development and food security.

Countries: Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru and Senegal

Centre de solidarité internationale du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean [Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean centre for international solidarity] - up to $1.5 million over four years

As part of a partnership with the Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherches Appliquées sur l’Afrique  of the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi and the Cegep in Jonquière, the selected partner will send 85 interns to four countries as part of the Young Professional Interns for a More Just World project. They will focus on agro-ecology, collective marketing, community development, the empowerment of young women and girls, rural economic development, processing of non-timber forest products, adaptation to climate change and sustainable natural resource management.

This organization has also been successful under the International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative.

Countries: Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ecuador and Senegal

Éducation Internationale [international education] - up to $1.6 million over four years

Éducation Internationale will send 88 interns to two countries. They will support local partners in their efforts to improve youth education and training and integrate technology into education programs with a view to improving education and learning for young men and women.

Countries: Jamaica and Peru

L’AMIE (Aide internationale à l’enfance) [international aid for childhood] - up to $1.7 million over four years

L’AMIE will send 104 interns to five countries as part of the A Better Future for Children project. Project activities will include setting up interactive computer programs for literacy; developing and organizing educational math, chemistry and physics games; developing educational material made from recycled items for learning to read and write; preparing and facilitating violence and intimidation awareness workshops through art; and preparing and facilitating environmental awareness workshops in homes and communities on recycling and waste reclamation.

This organization has also been successful under the International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative.

Countries: Bolivia, Honduras, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Rwanda

Mer et Monde [sea and world society] - up to $3 million over four years

La Société Mer et Monde will send 160 interns to two countries as part of the Standing Together in Action project. It is part of an approach to empowering vulnerable populations by meeting their education needs—particularly training on social mobilization and democratic governance—as well as by increasing food security, including through the improvement of soil quality and marketing of local products.

Countries: Nicaragua and Senegal

SUCO (Solidarité Union Coopération) - up to $2.1 million over four years

SUCO will send 112 interns to six countries as part of the Youth Employment and International Development II project. The interns’ mandates will be incorporated into existing projects, implemented by SUCO and local partners, in the following areas: capacity‑building in eco‑friendly practices for agricultural producers, vegetable production and crop marketing support, communications technology, nutrition, rural entrepreneurship development, social marketing, organizational development and promotion of gender equality.

Countries: Peru, Nicaragua, Honduras, Senegal, Haiti and Burkina Faso

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland - up to $1.8 million over almost four years

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland will provide international internships to 100 interns in five countries. Activities will include assessing the impact of community activities on climate change, promoting marine education and conservation, enhancing coastal community development and sustainable aquaculture, and building partnerships with local governments and environmental groups.

This organization has also been successful under the International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative.

Countries: Belize, Cambodia, the Philippines, Tanzania and Vietnam

International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative proposals selected for funding

The following eight proposals selected under the International Aboriginal Youth Internships have a total value of $10.5 million over five years:

Victoria International Development Education Association - up to $2.7 million over five years

As part of the Walking Together: Futures for Youth project, the Victoria International Development Education Association, in partnership with the T’Sou-ke Nation, will send 140 Indigenous youth to three countries. Interns will develop skills and experience in the areas of information and communications, organic and conservation agriculture, traditional crafting, community development, youth development, event organization, administration and finance, early childhood and primary education, sports and recreation, and trades.

Countries: South Africa, Uganda and Zambia

Jane Goodall Institute of Canada - up to $670,000 over four years

The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI-Canada), in partnership with the First Nations’ Forestry Society, will send 34 Indigenous youth to Uganda. Through their work on a range of diverse projects, they will focus on issues of environmental sustainability, gender equality and improving Indigenous livelihoods. For example, through JGI’s-Canada’s Roots and Shoots program, interns will help to promote the interconnectedness of people, nature and animals and empower young people to take action.

Country: Uganda

Canada World Youth - up to $2 million over three years

As part of a partnership with the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. and the Nokiiwin Tribal Council, the Canada World Youth’s Pathways to Indigenous Youth Leadership project will send 102 Indigenous youth to two countries. Interns will support local partners in the following areas: agricultural development, engagement of marginalized groups, recycling, reforestation, youth entrepreneurship, health and environmental education.

Countries: Colombia and Peru

Centre de Solidarité Internationale du Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean - up to $591,000 over four and a half years

In consortium with the Centre d’Amitié Autochtone du Saguenay the Centre de Solidarité Internationale du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean will send 30 Indigenous youth interns to Ecuador as part of the Indigenous Solidarity Canada–Ecuador project. Activities will focus on support for sustainable agricultural practices, fair trade and the transfer of Indigenous knowledge in Ecuador through the production of a documentary on traditional cultivation methods and knowledge transfer.

This organization has also been successful under the International Youth Internships Program.

Countries: Ecuador

Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières [solidarity committee of Trois-Rivières] - up to $788,000 over four and a half years

The Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières will send 40 Indigenous youth to two countries as part of the Indigenous Youth Without Borders project. Indigenous interns help strengthen the local economy by contributing to the development of capacities related to sustainable tourism, handicrafts, agricultural development and civic and economic rights promotion.

Countries: Senegal and Nicaragua

L’AMIE (Aide internationale à l’enfance) - up to $985,000 over five years

In partnership with the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec, L’AMIE will send 50 Indigenous youth to Bolivia as part of the Enhancing Indigenous Cultures project. The interns will help enhance Bolivian Indigenous culture through three components focused on children and youth: their education (formal and informal), their health (physical and psychological) and their safety (child and Indigenous rights).

This organization has also been successful under the International Youth Internships Program.

Country: Bolivia

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland - up to $413,000 over almost four years

As part of the Improving Indigenous Youth Opportunities project, the Fisheries and Marine Institute, along with the Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership and the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, will send 21 Indigenous youth to Belize. They will focus on environmental sustainability, gender equality and improving Indigenous livelihoods through their work on diverse projects with local partners.

This organization has also been successful under the International Youth Internships Program.

Country: Belize

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation - up to $1.9 million over five years

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, in partnership with the Northern Council for Global Cooperation, the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, Empowering Youth Society and the Native Council of Prince Edward Island - BYTE, will send 100 Indigenous youth interns to six countries. The project will support the work of local partner organizations to improve the well-being of Indigenous peoples, secure the future of children and youth, improve maternal and newborn health, increase food security, advance democracy and stimulate sustainable growth.

Countries: Cambodia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya, Myanmar and Nepal


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