PRESS RELEASE: YOUNG DIPLOMATS OF CANADA PARTNERS WITH DEVELOPING YOUNG LEADERS OF TOMORROW, TODAY ON ADVOCACY
AND GLOBAL STUDIES TRAINING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, CANADA – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2019

The Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is partnering with the youth leadership incubator, Developing Young
Leaders of Tomorrow, Today (DYLOTT) on robust advocacy and global studies training for marginalized black
youth in the Greater Toronto Area. The partnership will see YDC deliver five training sessions over the first half
of the year to a group of 20 young people between the ages of 19 to 35 with backgrounds ranging from science
and technology, business and international affairs.

“Equipping young people with the right set of skills they need to elevate their voice and engage their community
is incredibly important to YDC,” said Olivia Labonte, YDC Executive Director “This training will provide these
young Canadians an opportunity to connect local to global, and give them an opportunity to understand the
interconnectedness of the impacts issues and policy across Canada and the international system and helping
them be leaders amongst their community of peers.”

The sessions will contextualize Canada’s role in the international system, providing a framework of
understanding on how Canada engages with international formal and informal organizations as well as how
international agreements translate into policy domestically. Additionally, the sessions will provide training on
advocacy, youth consultation and community engagement to supplement the learning from the leadership
incubator program.

“Our programs are designed to address barriers to social inclusion in employment, education and the broader
social context,” said Candies Kotchapaw, Lead Researcher at DYLOTT. “We help participants of the program
develop the skills and training necessary to positively impact their career trajectory and social status.”
This unique partnership allows these developing leaders to expand their knowledge base, be immediate
advocates for themselves and their communities, while crafting their ability to be the change they want to see
happen in their world!

YDC and DYLOTT are pleased to be advancing youth voices in policy and decision making in Canada and
looking forward to giving young Canadians a path forward in advocacy and engagement.

Nicolette Addesa
Director of Communications – Directrice des communications
Young Diplomats of Canada – Les Jeunes diplomates du Canada
nicolette@youngdiplomats.ca

Candies Kotchapaw
Lead Researcher
Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today (DYLOTT)
info@dylott.com

Shanique Thelwell-Stewart
Outreach Coordinator
Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today (DYLOTT)
info@dylott.com