Ways to EMPOWER CHILDREN & YOUTH

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Toronto statistics on youth violence :
• Average age of youth charged with violent crimes: 17.
• Educational attainment of young offenders newly jailed for the most serious sentences: Grade 7.
• Share of fatal shooting victims in 2013 who are black males under 30: two-thirds.

Internationally:
• 57 million primary school-aged children are not in school, and 31 million of them are girls .
• If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty .
• Each extra year of a mother’s schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10% and a child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past age 5.
• Over the past four decades, the global increase in women’s education has prevented more than 4 million child deaths.
• Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”
Mohandas Gandhi

Commitment to investing in children and youth is a priority of Living Ways. Our work is to nurture and empower their strength, esteem, confidence and courage to successfully meet their challenges and enable them to become outstanding, authentic, and compassionate members of the world. Believing in themselves, celebrating their cultural heritage, and developing key values will give children and youth the life skills to affect change in our world.

At the most fundamental level, enabling children to thrive is a moral imperative and investing in a child is an investment in society’s future. IMGP0258The international community has recognized that investing in children is essential and an obligation as outlined under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is during childhood that young people develop their values and attitudes. Since the foundation of an individual’s health and well-being is laid in early childhood, the optimal time to break the cycle of poverty, or prevent it from the beginning, is during this time. Investing in quality education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty.IMG_0344

Key ways we seek to enable and empower children and youth include connecting with nature, stimulating imagination (particularly through the healing arts), mentoring ( particularly by traditional elders), and fostering access to quality education. Living Ways aspires to align with other organizations and to champion innovative ways to support children and youth to achieve their potential.

“The oak sleeps in the acorn.”
James Allen

Sanctuary for what matters.
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