Youth conference seeks to increase pro-life activism among teens

The Youth Conference occurring in Ottawa the day after the National March for Life promises to be a valuable experience for young people interested in learning about pro-life issues and becoming more involved in the pro-life movement.

According to the Campaign Life Coalition website, the youth conference will take the form of “an intensive workshop for young people, designed to arm youth with expert knowledge and the necessary communications strategies to go back into their communities, tackling the culture of death head on, and transforming it into a culture of life, one person at a time.”

According to Alissa Golob, the coordinator of Campaign Life Coalition Youth, its purpose is to “educate and activate young people in a more in-depth way running off the end after the march.” She told The Interim, for young people, this is an opportunity to hear from “inspirational speakers from all over the world,” to “receive a greater knowledge about various pro-life issues,” and to socialize with other young people across the country. According to Golob, teachers should also bring students to the conference because it is one of the most beneficially influential youth events in the country and it is an excellent chance to learn about the “greatest social justice issue of our time.”

This conference separates young people from adults partly because the National March for Life’s tremendous growth meant more events were necessary to cater to participants. The organizers also realized it was effective to have an event with content geared towards the everyday issues young people face. It also allows organizers to focus on the special opportunities that young people in particular have to engage with in social activism.

Speakers and leaders of workshops at the conference include Steven Mosher, the president of the Population Research Institute; John-Henry Westen, editor and co-founder of LifeSiteNews; Alissa Golob of CLC Youth; Pam Stenzel, founder of Enlighten Communications Inc.; Fr. Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International; Rebecca Richmond, executive director of the National Campus Life Network; Enza Rattenni, manager of Aid to Women crisis pregnancy centre; the Sisters of Life; and Matthew Wojciechowski, a political activist with Campaign Life Coalition.

The Youth Conference will take place on Friday, May 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on 200 Coventry Road in Ottawa. Those interested may get more information about the conference by calling Campaign Life Coalition or checking the advertisement on page 13.

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