What is the Youth Action Project (YAP)?
WPC-Global’s youth program is called the Youth Action Project (YAP) which involves youth in grades 6 to 12. YAP is led by a team of experienced facilitators who provide a safe and challenging space, geared toward youth of ALL ethnic backgrounds, who are committed to understanding and dismantling white supremacy white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
What are YAP’s goals?
SNAP! (See, Name, Act, Proceed)
- Students will SEE and be fully aware of the multiple manifestations of white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
- Students will have the courage and confidence to NAME white supremacy, white privilege and other forms of oppression.
- Students will ACT by taking effective, creative and urgent measures to dismantle white supremacy, white privilege and other forms of oppression in their communities.
- Students will PROCEED as leaders, planting ongoing seeds of change in their communities while staying connected to the national organization of YAP alumni.
YAP takes place May 9 to 12, 2018 with WPC-Global.
May 9, 2018
1-Day Institute Day (pre-conference)
Open to Grades 6 to 12 students
The institutes are intended to provide youth with a basic understanding of white privilege and other key concepts. It is important that participants leave with an overall collective comprehension of how institutional racism operates specifically in Canada, while also recognizing that there is room to explore the pervasiveness of racism with a global analysis.
- Grades 6 to 8: A basic 1 Day Exploration of White Privilege, and an introduction to tools for dismantling “-isms” associated with White Supremacy.
- Grades 9 to 12: 1 Day Exploration of White Privilege, manifestations of white supremacy, and an introduction to tools for dismantling “-isms” associated with White Supremacy. Youth will create their own methods to address white privilege in their schools and communities and engage in engaging dialogue
May 10 to 12, 2018
Open to High School students (Grade 9 to 12)
The conference differs from the 1-day institutes in that it allows more time for in-depth and internal reflection of white privilege. The intentional curriculum design engages the participants in understanding and respecting each other’s “difference” and creating a space to work collaboratively towards understanding and dismantling white supremacy and white privilege. Participants will work to connect their individual experiences to their enhanced analysis of how systems of institutional racism operate within the Canada through:
- Leadership Activities
- Mastery of key terms: white supremacy, white privilege, oppression, ally, racism
- Ethnic affinity groups
- Youth friendly film viewing with adult allies
- Individual and group reflection
- Regional action planning
- Youth led dialogue
- Arts based break-outs
YAP registration for the 1-Day Institutes and the 3-Day Conference includes morning refreshments and lunch each day for grades 6 to 12 students.