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.
26.5% of British Columbians’ “mother tongue” is a non-official language, followed by Ontario (25.7%), Alberta (19.4%), and Quebec (12.3%). British Columbia has the highest percentage of language diversity of any Canadian province.