Webinar: Generation to Generation: Empowering Newcomer Youth and Families

October 30, 2014


Learn about award-winning programs from Wellington, New Zealand and Toronto, Canada that improve language and digital literacy for immigrant families and youth by removing barriers to technology, promoting inter-generational tutoring, and strengthening community relations through education.

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  • In Wellington, New Zealand, Computers in Homes (CIH) adapted a program that provides low income families with computers and training and modified it to cater specifically to refugee families and their unique needs. CIH recognized an opportunity to make Internet access and basic computer technology a passport to improved integration outcomes for immigrant children and their parents.
  • In Toronto, Canada, Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) is an innovative, award-winning program that equips newcomer youth to teach newcomer adults English and computer skills. Rather than a traditional classroom with an instructor, YEP trains youth with the skills to act as effective volunteer tutors for adults in their community.

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Di DanielsDi Daniels, National Coordinator, Computers in Homes (Wellington, New Zealand)

Di Daniels holds a Masters in Maori and Pacific Education from Victoria University of Wellington. Her interest lies in empowerment education for underserved communities and she has been the National Coordinator for Computers in Homes (CIH) since 2003. Di began her voluntary involvement in 2000 and as research assistant.

She has presented CIH research findings at UNESCO Global Knowledge Partnership, Connecting Communities, Third Sector Research and Making Links Conferences in Malaysia, NZ, India and Australia. She has published work in the NZ Annual Review of Education 2007.

Di has experience as Community Education Coordinator for Whitireia Polytechnic, Treaty Coordinator at Central Institute of Technology, and as lecturer for numerous tertiary institutions for fifteen years. Her expertise is in Te Tiriti O Waitangi, Cross-Cultural Studies and Accelerated Learning and she remains committed to promoting equitable educational opportunity for all.

 Agazi Afewerki, Director, Youth Empowering Parents (Toronto, Canada)Agazi Afewerki

Agazi Afewerki received an LLB from the University of London with First Class Honours. He is the Director of Youth Empowering Parents, a unique educational program which trains youth to provide effective one-on-one teaching of English and computer skills to immigrant adults.

Agazi’s work in the social sector has been recognized through many local and global honors. He was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award in 2005, an initiative which honors the achievements of young people. Most recently, the Youth Empowering Parents program was recognized as a ‘Vital Idea’ by the Toronto Community Foundation, and received the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Award – a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations & BMW Group – which was given to only 10 organizations from around the world.

Previously, Agazi was involved in developing the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Toronto, an expansion site of the program that provides action-based learning for social entrepreneurs. As well, he helped develop and launch the CampHire Project, an initiative which builds sustainable businesses for refugees living in refugee camps by connecting them with global consumers.

 


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