Welcome to Jeunes Citoyens du Monde / Young Global Citizens
2020/2021 was an exceptional year of growth and transition and even bigger things are in store for 2021/2022.
On this page you will find our most up to date information as of June 2021 for anyone who may wish to more fully and precisely understand who we are at a glance.
Q: What is YGC/JCM, and what is our mission statement?
A: Young Global Citizens (Jeunes Citoyens du Monde) is a social movement and a network primarily composed of public, private and independent schools in Canada and across the world, with a board of directors selected among volunteer school administrator and teachers, and it is built around the concept of global citizenship, and the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals.
Our mission is to reach up to 100 million young people aged 4 to 17 in all countries of the world by 2030 and help them commit into making a difference for the planet by taking part in yearly campaigns specific to each of the goals advanced by the United Nations Framework for 2030. For 2020/2021 our United Nations focus is SDG #6: Access to Clean Water.
Our goal for 2020/2021 is to raise a minimum of $250,000 for indigenous communities access to clean water in cooperation with indigenous organizations AFN and ITK. Participating teachers and students around the world get a voice in establishing annual goals.
So far the consensus for our 2021/2022 goal appears to be Goal #4: Quality education, especially in relation to girls' access to education worldwide. Our annual goals and our core mission is affected by the content and the quality of our interactions with world leaders who are helping us build this movement. The annual goals, as well as the core mission of our movement, is also shaped in consultation with children worldwide, whom we feel are the true leaders of this movement.
Q: How was YGC/JCM founded?
A: YGC/JCM was originally founded in Vancouver beginning in 2017 by administrators, teachers, parents and students of Blessed Sacrament School, a French Immersion School in the Old Francophone Village. Its original purpose was to hold "World Camps" for "World Buddies" and have Canadian children serve as mentors and ambassadors of Canadian values to the rest of the world. The contents and values to be promoted during these camps was inspired by young activists such as Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai and held the environment and the planet as prime concerns. Also central to the camps was the United Nations campaign goals for the planet by 2030. Plans to hold international camps were put to a stop during the Covid-19 pandemic and the project had to be reinvented to adjust to new global dynamics.
Q: How did YGC/JCM evolve during Covid?
A: YGC/JCM teachers and students thought a good way to remain active and make a difference during the pandemic would be through series of Zoom Interviews. YGC/JCM, led by Blessed Sacrament School and a few other schools in the province of BC began targeted series of interviews with world personalities, political figures, global influencers, and experts in various spheres such as musicians, athletes, scientists, authors, actors, activists, environmentalists and other figures.
As YGC/JCM started to successfully accumulate interviews, additional schools kept joining the original nucleus of Vancouver schools and the YGC/JCM network became national from the West Coast to the East Coast of Canada, as well as the Arctic coast.
Over a one year period from summer 2020 to summer of 2021, the network grew from a few schools to over 700 schools all across Canada and in 12 other countries through its Facebook page, where teachers apply for admission and to represent their school and students and have their students participate in our interviews.
Q: What are the specific series of interviews currently ongoing and what specific purpose as well as larger purpose do they serve?
Great Canadians Series:
"Promised Land" Series:
"Un Mundo Mejor" Series:
"Linked Through Music" Series:
"World Greats" Series:
Young Activists Series:
"Healing & Reconciliation" Series:
"Writers with Purpose" Series:
The larger interconnecting theme for all interviews is they all foster appreciation and admiration for values displayed by our interviewees such as perseverance, courage, determination, a thirst and passion for knowledge and for achieving greatness, and the combined genuine appeal from all interviewees to better care for our planet and to promote U.N efforts to unite all countries in a joint effort which may be our planet's last and greatest hope for sustainable survival.
Q: How are interviews structured?
A: Interviewees are selected by YGC/JCM volunteers based on input from teachers and students across its network on whom they would like to interview. Interviewees are selected because of a significant achievement in a given field or in recognition of their life story and expertise on a given topic. Volunteers coordinate and schedule the time of the interview with our guest and a date is set and an invitation is sent to our network of schools for them to attend the interview.
Q: How is the movement structured?
A: Our movement is meant to be incorporated in the daily learning of schools across the world. School administrators are made aware and teachers are given permission to share our purpose, contents, interviews and other events as part of their regular curriculum as they see fit. Since the topics and contents we cover directly connect with the curriculum of almost every grade level in the fields of science, social studies, English, French, career ed, music and more, it is generally not a problem for teachers to be able to structure their yearly overview and their unit plans around the research, conducting, and study of our interviews.
The central portal or platform of our movement is our Facebook group, in which schools are invited to post, respond, and otherwise be active and engaged in ongoing events.
Teachers and administrators who are especially active and interested in engaging more deeply can be asked to join our board of directors and assigned specific roles or tasks in order to further the movement.
All positions are volunteer at this time.
Our movement is registered as a non-profit corporation and currently applying for charity status in Canada. We sustain our own existence through our own teaching salaries. When our yearly goals involved the raising of funds towards a goal, such as access to clean water for indigenous communities, we work with established charities and act as a third-party to direct 100% of the donations to established charities.
Q: Who participates in interviews? How does the process unfold?
A: When a new interview becomes available, schools are invited to sign up on a first-come first-serve basis. Special priority is sometimes given to newcomers, especially schools in remote locations or new areas of the world, in order to strenghten our global network.
Once a teacher or school administrator has signed up on behalf of their students, notification is sent by these teachers to their students and their parents. Written consent is given by parents for their children to participate in the interviews. Selected schools are made aware of the time and date by which their questions should be submitted to our central committee. Up to 10 schools can join each interview as active participants and have their questions featured, depending on the interview format for that specific interview. Our central committee submits questions in advance to the interviewees, their staff, or their agents for approval. Details of the interview are drafted in a document called "scenarios". Scenarios are shared to the network in advance so schools and students can prepare.
Other than the active participants, all other YGC/JCM schools and students are invited to attend the interviews live. Interviews are also recorded to be shared within our network to be viewed in class and archived on our website for educational purposes.
Q: How do interviews benefit participants involved?
As educators, the interview process is meant to benefit children. Children are the future and the best hope of our planet and they are future world leaders in training. Our aim is to develop 3 core competencies in children worldwide:
1- Communication skills
2- Critical and creative thinking skills
3- Awareness of self and others
Interviews of course benefit all participants and audience in uplifting them and teaching them new knowledge, as well as creating lifelong memories and unforgettable experiences in meeting such inspiring world leaders.
By sharing the interviews within our network of schools across the world, we provide useful learning and teaching tools to further discussion and engagement on young people's part. The interviews become a part of something much bigger and the roots of multiple initiatives and projects across school districts worldwide that we never even originally envisioned, but which we try to support in any way we can.
Ultimately and primarily, the goal of making the interviews available publicly is to advance the goal established for that year, in raising public awareness and spreading the contents of the interview as widely as possible, in order to educate and also to engage the general public in donating, supporting, or otherwise being involved in the achievement of the goals set for the benefit of all mankind and of the planet itself.
Q: How do interviews connect or fit in with other YGC/JCM initiatives?
YGC/JCM uses the interviews as a starting point, and interviewees often continue to work with YGC/JCM in providing letters of supports, sharing the interviews on their soecial media, attending YGC/JCM events, hosting future interviews, become keynote speakers for future iterations of our "world camps" and otherwise continuing to act as role models and powerful teachers for tens of thousands of students.
Interviews from one year or "season" connect into future "seasons" by allowing past interviewees to return as hosts for other individuals they may have worked with in the past, whcih they sometimes introduce to the movement directly, or whom we are able to reach through the help and support of past interviewees. Future seasons of interviews become logical extensions like a living tree of knowledge and enable our worldwide network to dig further into what children have been learning in previous seasons.
As of 2021/2022 our "YGC 2.0" project aims to introduce a new slew of cartoon characters and creatures representing the 17 U.N SDGs with previous interviewees also joining the cast as cartoon characters and comic strips accompanying each interview to provide a visual learning component for easy understanding of key contents mentioned during interviews.
Q: What is the case to be made for governments/foundations/private individuals to consider becoming patrons, supporters or donors to YGC/JCM?
1 - We are non-profit and 100% volunteer. Our board of directors is led by certified educators employed in schools worldwide. Our ability to continue our mission while keeping our day-jobs as educators relies entirely on grants, donations, and fundraising.
2- There are two types of fundraising efforts you can support. Our first type of fundraising goes directly to our partners for that year. Season 1 aims at supporting AFN and ITK with water access for indigenous communities in Canada. We expect to partner up with organizations such as those led by Malala, Oprah Winfrey or Michelle Obama during season 2 to raise funds for girls' access to education worldwide. The second type of fundraising is to ensure our ability to provide our growing network with resources and materials to continue learning. Your donation and support goes to school clubs implanted directly in schools around the world to provide the rising generation with awareness, communication and thinking skills, and tools for better advocacy and a voice to shape and influence the fate of the planet.
3- Your support inspires and causes youth to look up to key individuals willing to use their influence for good. Youth will learn that there are individuals even within government, corporations, or other non-profit, charities, foundations and private individuals and philanthropist who see the same as they do, who want a brighter future for youth as they do.
4- You become a part of history, as your contributions are archived within each season of our activities and program. You are invited to interview with youth and engage directly with them, you are invited to return to introduce future guests, you are invited to take part in our "world camps" and you are invited with our sister entity WHRFY.org in train trips around the world to build world relations.
Q: What are our costs? How will funds be used?
We make our annual budget and financial report publicly available each year. We do not believe in paying celebrities or keeping a large cut of donations for administrative fees. We offer refunds and reimbursements for expenses of teachers in setting up clubs worldwide. We cover the most basic overhead from running our main office in Vancouver. For years we have supported the movement ourselves directly from our teaching salaries. We sometimes need to outsource payment to consultants or experts such as IT experts to manage our growing digital footprint.
Q: What are future plans or vision for expansion and growth?
Young Global Citizens / Jeunes
du Monde couldn’t exist without children and teachers around the world growing their communication skills, awareness of self and others, and their creative and critical thinking. Our vision is for thousands of schools in all countries of the world united in a network that can save the planet.
This year’s goal was SDG number 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Next year, we would like other coasts of this continent and other continents to join us in an essay competition
to decide what should be our next focus for the year 2021-2022. This competition will be announced on our website and on social media.
Inuit, Métis and First Nations people across Canada, we call upon you to join us and take the lead in the coming years to show us the meaning of reconciliation and the way to a better future.
Q: Why is now the time to act?
All 17 U.N goals could be summarized as a greater goal: "Ensure humanity can thrive on a healthy planet, with equality and fairness for all". However we know that our very existence as a species and the very planet we call home both face extreme and urgent peril:
From an article published by ITK President Natan Obed in Macleans Magazine:
"Immediate action today on climate change is desperately needed. Some changes in the Arctic, such as permafrost thaw, are already believed to be irreversible. Studies show that even if the Paris Agreement was successfully implemented, Arctic permafrost levels would still drop by 45 percent, putting 75 percent of our infrastructure at risk by mid-century. Scientists estimate the amount of carbon currently stored in the world’s permafrost is almost double that currently in the atmosphere. It is released as carbon dioxide and methane as the frozen soil thaws. In Inuit Nunangat, thawing permafrost and other environmental changes are damaging our limited infrastructure, particularly housing, at a time of high household crowding. While some of the biggest polluting countries continue to turn a blind eye to climate change, Inuit don’t have that privilege. The Arctic is being used as a benchmark by which the global community is measuring the pace of change. While the Arctic might seem like a faraway place to many Canadians, our climate and societal reality today has massive implication with yours tomorrow as the Arctic melts and climate change unfolds. We must work together to mitigate climate change while simultaneously supporting Inuit communities in adapting to it. That means creating inter-jurisdictional partnerships to ensure climate actions are effective and beneficial to everyone, while taking into consideration the unique needs of Inuit. Inuit Nunangat has more to offer than simply serving as a warning to the rest of the world about the catastrophic changes to come. It is only through mutual respect and partnership that we can develop effective climate actions that benefit Inuit, Canadians and the global community.”
Q: What is our call to action?
Taken from our "Coast to Coast" book:
"Young Global Citizens, we are now locked into a battle for the very survival of our planet, and access to our most basic rights. Congratulations on your powerful initiative and your gathering of so many bright young minds to raise the leaders of tomorrow. Young people can show us the way to find solutions to these existential threats and to unite humanity as one family."