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Youth plan to ignite change by talking human rights

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LETHBRIDGE — An Edmonton-based non-profit organization, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC), has partnered with several Lethbridge groups and individuals, including the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge, Amnesty International Lethbridge, the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge, Gay And Lesbian Alliance of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Family Services, and Lethbridge Immigrant Services to deliver a human rights youth conference to be held in Lethbridge on October 6, 2010.

The Rural Youth Forum (RYF) is a day of dialogue, workshops and presentations on human rights that highlight resources and organizations that youth can utilize to create positive changes in their community.  

The one-day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South. There is also no charge to attend, but space will be limited so registration is recommended.

Who should attend? The program will be geared towards 13-25 year olds with the goal of connecting people who are interested in finding out more on local issues and projects with the organizations and individuals who are advocating equality in Lethbridge and surrounding communities. The RYF also promotes active citizenship and the event will close off with a panel discussion featuring several mayoral candidates. Though the RYF takes place in Lethbridge, the organizers are working to bring in delegates from areas around the city as well.

The RYF is preceding a conference hosted by the City of Lethbridge and Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD) on Celebrating Diversity in our Community, which runs from October 7th-8th at the same location.

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is a non-profit human rights organization located in Edmonton, Alberta dedicated to human rights education. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Lorinda Peel
403-758-6713 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

— Submitted to L.A. Beat

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