Youth Advisory Squad (YAS)
YAS is a scholarship and empowerment program aimed at training a group of passionate youth to serve as youth ambassadors, advocates in their schools and communities, and advise OneChild on how we can better engage youth in our work.
From September to June, and mentored by our Youth Empowerment Coordinator, YAS members receive training in public speaking and action-planning; prepare and give presentations on child sex trafficking in their communities, and hold an awareness-raiser or fundraiser in their school. Upon completion of their term, each member receives a scholarship to pursue post-secondary studies.
Our goal is for each YAS member to become an expert on this issue and be able to educate their peers, and schools on the issue through prevention education and youth advocacy.
Applications open in August 2020
MEET OUR 2019-2020 SQUAD
Cristina De Fabritiis
“My name is Cristina De Fabritiis and I am a grade 12 student who attends Holy Name of Mary Catholic Secondary School. One passion of mine is social work. My school’s social justice club provides countless volunteer opportunities to work first-hand with local non-profit organizations to serve in my community to make it a better place.”
“Heya! My name is Zoya and I’m a student at Holy Name of Mary currently in grade 10/11. As a member of YAS, I hope to spread more awareness about one of the biggest issues the world is facing, child sex trafficking.”
“Hi! My name’s Hamnaah Mirza. I’m a mental health enthusiast, politically aware, and unapologetic hijabi. Being from a South Asian background, a lot of social issues aren’t shed light on as much as I’d wish, but I plan on changing that through actively helping in the fight against child sex trafficking!”
“Hi! My name is Suhani Sharma and I am currently in grade 10. I attend St. Marguerite d’Youville. I wanted to join the YAS squad to help empower youth into helping stop child sex trafficking and by the end of this year I hope to make a difference in the community.”
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