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The International

African Canadian Youth Convention 2024

On Empowerment, Mental Health, Human Rights & Justice.

“Next generation Canadian partnership for mutual
growth and development;
A secured future for the African continent.”

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Objectives of the Convention

Join us for a transformative experience at the International African Canadian Youth Convention 2024. Our convention is a vibrant platform that unites youth with a shared vision for empowerment, mental health, human rights, and justice. The theme for this year encapsulates our aspirations: “Next generation Canadian partnership for mutual growth and development; A secured future for the African continent.”

Our Vision

At the International African Canadian Youth Convention, we envision a brighter future for both African Canadians and the African continent. We believe in the power of collaboration, youth empowerment, and advocacy to bring about meaningful change.

Key Themes


Discover the tools, knowledge, and networks that will empower you to take charge of your future.

Mental Health

Address the critical issue of mental health and well-being within our community. Break the stigma, find support, and promote mental wellness.

Human Rights

Explore the vital principles of human rights, and learn how to be an advocate for justice and equality.


Discuss the challenges faced by African Canadians in the pursuit of justice and equality, and explore solutions to create a more just society.

What to Expect

  • Inspiring keynote speakers
  • Engaging panel discussions
  • Workshops and breakout sessions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Cultural showcases
  • Opportunities to collaborate and make a difference

Why Attend?

By participating in the International African Canadian Youth Convention 2024, you will:

  • Gain valuable knowledge and skills
  • Connect with like-minded individuals
  • Be part of a movement for positive change
  • Contribute to a brighter future for African Canadians and the African continent

Join us in 2024 as we unite for a common purpose: to build a secure future for the African continent and foster the next generation of Canadian partnership for mutual growth and development. Together, we can make a difference!


Afro Canada Development Foundation (AFROCANDF ) is a non-partisan; Not-For Profit Organization registered in Canada. The foundation seeks to advance the lives of people of the African origin in terms of development, capacity building, reduced poverty, innovations support, cultures and African talent boost in both Canada and on the African Continent. Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.3 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.3 billion people as of 2018, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35 and according to global economic experts, the continent is likely to emerge as the world’s biggest global market in the next 5 to 10 years to come as well as the world’s food basket.

 The African-Canadian community is the fastest growing ethnic minority in Canada. In 2001, it was the third largest minority group behind Chinese and South Asian populations. In 2012, the top ten sources of immigration from Africa to Canada were Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tunisia, South Africa, DRC, and Somalia. In total, Canada accepted 33,988 immigrants from 48 African countries, a number that has been growing and accounts for 13% of the 257,887 immigrants who arrived in Canada in 2012. Immigrants from Africa primarily choose to settle in Manitoba, Quebec, and Ontario.


The International African Canadian Youth Convention 2024 on Empowerment, Mental Health, Human Rights & Justice


“Next generation Canadian partnership for mutual growth and development;
A secured future for the African continent.”


Delta Hotel by Marriott Toronto Airport. ( Belmount Events space ) 655 Dixon Road Toronto, ON M9W 1J3


Friday- Saturday 25th and 26th October 2024.


Day 1

October 25th – Arrival of International Guests

Airport Welcome and Accommodation

  • 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Arrival of International Guests at the Airport
  • Transfer to Places of Accommodation
  • Check-In and Welcome

Day 2

October 26th – Convention Day

Convention Day: Empowerment, Mental Health, Human Rights & Justice

Morning Session: Registration and Opening

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: On-Site Registration and Welcome Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening Ceremony and Convention Overview

Empowerment Session:

  • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: Keynote Address on Empowerment
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Workshop 1 – Building Resilience and Confidence

Mental Health Session:

  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Panel Discussion on Mental Health Awareness
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch and Networking

Afternoon Session: Human Rights & Justice

  • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Keynote Address on Human Rights & Justice
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Panel Discussion on Equity and Social Justice

Closing and Cultural Evening:

  • 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM: Closing Remarks and Reflections.

Day 3

October 27th – City Tour (Optional, at Own Expense)

Morning: Guided City Exploration

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Guided City Tour to Explore Local Attractions

Lunch Break (Participants’ Expense):

  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch at Participants’ Expense

Afternoon: Continued Exploration

  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Continue City Tour and Cultural Experiences

Optional Group Activity (Additional Cost)

Wrap-up and Farewell:

  • 5:00 PM: Return to Accommodation or Personal Exploration

Join The Conference Before
Registration Closes

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Creativity, Innovation, Health, Culture, Recreation and Development

About Exhibition

The exhibition will be for both innovative ideas e.g. in entrepreneurship, technology etc. and talent in form of creative art, music, dance and drama. This platform will give young people a chance to show case their ideas and talents. At the end of each exhibition, we expect the exhibitors to; 

  • transform young people’s ideas into concrete actions for positive change.
  • acquire partners, sponsors and investors for their unique ideas.
  • strengthen networks and partnerships between Canada and their respective home governments, youth-led organizations, academic institutions, civil society, private sector, media etc. to fully roll out their ideas after the convention. 

Empower African Communities Grant ($2000)

  • African or Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 25.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to empowering communities in Africa or Canada.
  • Strong leadership skills and involvement in initiatives promoting social change.
  • Academic excellence with a minimum 3.5 GPA requirement.
  • Provide a personal statement highlighting past involvement in community empowerment projects.
  • Academic achievements and financial need may also be considered.
  • 500 Word Essay outlining your vision for empowering African or Canadian communities and proposed strategies to achieve it.

Health Advocate Scholarship ($2000)

  • African or Canadian youth pursuing studies or projects in health-related fields.
  • Open to African or Canadian youth aged 18-30.
  • Show a strong interest in promoting healthcare and improving health outcomes in Africa or Canada.
  • Academic achievement with a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement (applicable to students only).
  • Active involvement in healthcare initiatives or community health programs.
  • 500 Word Essay discussing your passion for improving healthcare outcomes in Africa or Canada and how you plan to contribute to the field.

Rights Champion Grant ($2000)

  • African or Canadian youth passionate about human rights and social justice.
  • Open to African or Canadian youth aged 18-38.
  • Demonstrated involvement in advocacy or activism for marginalized communities.
  • Display a dedication to promoting and protecting human rights in Africa or Canada.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.
    500 Word Essay highlighting your commitment to human rights, advocacy work (participation in human rights organizations, campaigns, or projects), and plans to promote justice in Africa or Canada.

Venture Forward Grant ($2000)

  • African or Canadian youth interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial drive or a passion for venture capital and innovation.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial mindset and experience (e.g., starting a business, participating in start-up programs).
    Submit a business plan or pitch deck for a potential venture or innovative idea.
  • 500 Word Essay outlining your entrepreneurial aspirations, your innovative ideas, and how you plan to contribute to the African or Canadian business landscape.

Justice Ambassador Scholarship ($2000)

  • African or Canadian youth passionate about social justice and the legal system.
  • Demonstrated involvement in activities related to legal advocacy or social justice issues.
  • Show a commitment to promoting justice, equity, and access to resources in Africa or Canada.
  • 500 Word Essay your commitment to justice, efforts to promote equality, equity and fairness, future goals in the social justice field.




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