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2016 Fresh Voices Forum – register by Nov 25

The 2016 Fresh Voices Forum is a unique opportunity for young people to speak directly to diverse stakeholders including government officials, service providers, community leaders and most importantly, other young people!

The goal of the forum is to bring newcomer young people, adults and decision-makers together in a respectful environment of listening and learning from each other.

We’re not looking for youth with the best grades or the best public speaking skills. We want youth with diverse backgrounds and opinions, who want to make a difference in their communities, and who want to meet other youth and adults who share common interests and concerns.

In other words

  • Do you want to make a difference in the lives of immigrant and refugee communities?
  • Do you think it’s important for immigrant and refugee youth to have a say in the decisions that impact our diverse communities?
  • Do you want to influence how government leaders, people in positions of power, community workers and teachers think and act when it comes to your ideas and concerns?

If you said yes, then register for the Fresh Voices Forum!

The event is free and we provide:

  • Lunch and snacks throughout both days
  • Letters to school and family seeking permission to attend and be excused from classes for Monday
  • An amazing learning and leadership opportunity
  • An opportunity to meet other leaders, activists, and artists.
  • Fun, Prizes and meeting new friends.

Everyone is welcome!

If capacity is reached priority will be given to:

  1. Racialized* immigrant and refugee youth
  2. Those who can make a commitment to attend the full event (both days)
  3. Immigrant & refugee youth from across BC, aged 16 – 25 years
  4. People supporting youth to attend (for example, youth workers and settlement workers)



Sunday, December 4th and Monday, December 5th from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.


SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

Did you know?

10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.

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