Mission Statement

YOUNG VOICES CAN! (formerly Peace Camp Ottawa): Our mission is to deliver action-oriented community programs dedicated to conflict resolution for youth within local and international communities. We partner with local high schools and Ashbury College through an Ontario Ministry of Education approved International Baccalaureate (IB) course to provide leadership and conflict resolution skills. Participants from Ottawa include Arab Muslim/Christian and Jewish youth as well as young people from all backgrounds, including local indigenous nations. In the summer, we bring youth together from Ottawa schools as well as those following a parallel program at the Jerusalem YMCA, for a summer experience at Ashbury College. Our vision is to foster understanding, open communication and co-existence between young people, as well as to reflect and build self-awareness – and have fun.