Youth fundraising for African heritage trip

By Gerald V. Paul

The African Canadian Legal Clinic’s (ACLC) Youth Justice Education Programme (YJEP) will be embarking on a journey to Africa, in an educational win-win process.

“The reasons why YJEP will be going to Africa is to give youth a better understanding of their African heritage and ancestry, and give them a first-hand experience in the motherland,” said Team Leader Christopher Francis.

And currently these dedicated young people are out in the community taking part in various fund-raising drives to meet the expenses for the trip. They were out at the recent Caribana Flags and Colours event at Yorkgate Mall selling sno-cones.

Francis noted that the team is off to Ghana to lend a helping hand and volunteer in different community initiatives, to learn about the transatlantic slave trade and to see first-hand where slaves were held prisoner.

The ACLC-YJEP intent is to offer racially and culturally appropriate services as community-based solutions for Black youth involved in the Justice process, in keeping with the goals of rehabilitation and under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.