Sharif moved to Canada in December of 2013 by himself when he was 16 as a refugee from Afghanistan, becoming a youth-in-care. Sharif also joined the Engaged Immigrant Youth Program with the Vancouver School Board. He is always interested in participating in different youth programs where he can learn skills, and build on positive relationships with his peers and others. At the same time, it is important to share what he can in order to support others.
Sharif joined YAT to be more actively involve with other immigrants and refugees youth to influence policies. He recently graduated from Vancouver Technical Secondary School and is planning to attend post-secondary in the upcoming school year.
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.