News Americas, Howey In The Hill, FL, July 20, 2012: An International Youth Conference is set to be held in Guyana the first time.

IMRARC (Irene Madray Recreational Arts and Resources Center-Cane Grove-NGO) and ROC (Rights of Children, an organization under Guyana Human Rights-NGO) will be partnering with CADVA (Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness-US non-profit organization) to present the conference under the theme: “International Youth Conference Against The Contagion Of Violence 2012: Reshaping And Mobilizing Our Youths From Intervention To Prevention.”

The launch is scheduled for Monday August 13, 2012 at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. All youth are invited from various regions around Guyana to attend the conference as a creative learning experience in prevention to a violence free environment. Youth from New York, Florida Universities and High Schools will accompany CADVA to work alongside Youths in Guyana presenting as “young research scientists” on topics as harassment, sexual bullying, sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, race and racial tolerance.

The conference is dedicated to Neesa Lalita Gopaul, age 16, who was killed tragically as a result of domestic violence in 2010, amongst other youths. CADVA encourages parents, social workers, community leaders and educators to attend and hear the words, wisdom, vision and hope for our youths.

The conference will be chaired by educator and journalist, Annan Boodram, of New York. The US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt, will be the Opening Speaker. Ambassador Brent Hardt will be joined by Dr. Faith Harding, who will be moderating portions of the event, with many experts in the field participating.

The conference will end the afternoon session with a panel discussions on ‘Redefining The Lessons Our Parents Taught Us” and a demonstration on how the lessons taught by our parents impacted and shaped our lives.

Two breakout sessions will also be held in other regions. One at the Imam Bacchus Library in Affiance Village, Essequibo Coast hosted by Imam Baksh on August 15th from 12-3 p.m while the other is at Tagore High School in #64 Village, Corentyne, Berbice from 2-5 p.m. on August 16th hosted by Christopher Hamid. All events are free to the community.

CADVA is a US-based, non-profit organization focusing on advocacy against domestic violence by grass roots community efforts, partnering and involvement.

IMRARC is a non-governmental organization (NGO) registered in Guyana. Its purpose is to provide a positive contribution to community development through educational and recreational centers.

ROC was established under the Human Rights Commission, and comprises of youths from high schools and universities in Guyana. ROC has worked on children’s right activities for many years.

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