Founded in 1971 by the late Honourable Jacques Hébert (1923-2007), Canada World Youth (CWY) is a world leader in developing international educational programs for young people aged 15 to 35. A non-profit organization, CWY is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people that have a desire to become informed and active global citizens. CWY programs are designed to help youth experience the world for themselves, learn about other cultures and diverse Canadian communities while developing leadership and communication skills.
In 2011-12, over 1,000 youth volunteers participated in Canada World Youth programs. In our Youth Leaders in Action program, 16% of our Canadian volunteers were visible minorities and 25% of youth were Aboriginal. The percentage of youth who completed the six-month program was 96%.