One of the mothers said to me, "As a mother of a malnourished baby, I am so thankful to be learning how to make this porridge!" She was not embarrassed, nor was there stigma, rather, she was thankful that World Vision was there to help.
Many people acknowledge youth to be the leaders of tomorrow and understand that we are the voices of the future; however, this International Youth Day, the world must recognize that youth leadership is also key to tackling the biggest issues facing the world today.
Like many people, I'm all too familiar with the human cost of untreated mental illness. My son, Jack, died by suicide in 2010. Investing in promotion, prevention and early intervention is the key to improving mental health in this province. And that starts with reaching out to young people.
On April 25, 2013, renowned scientist Dr. David Suzuki attended the WFCU Centre to empower the crowd with his Wake Up Canada call. It's a campaign organized by the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition to support a day of action, encouraging kids to advocate for their environmental future through the very media that overlooked them this time around.
Derek, if you think 3,000 hits is an achievement (and of course it is!), try helping 30,000 young people to stay away from drugs and become leaders in their communities. That's really changing the bigger game.