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The 3rd edition of the SNJM Youth Justice Forum gets ready

Youth-Forum-Seattle-2012Partincipants in the 2nd edition of the SNJM Youth Justice Forum held in Seattle in 2012

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Longueuil, Quebec, Canada – June 18th, 2015 - Concerned about injustice in the world and ready to act, some 40 students from Lesotho, the United States and Canada will participate in the SNJM Youth Justice Forum. Thirteen different schools affiliated to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) will be represented at the Forum, which will take place from July 15th to 20th at Durocher College in Saint Lambert on the outskirts of Montreal (Quebec, Canada).

More engaged citizens
Organized by the Justice and Peace Network of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, this will be the third such Forum. The international component of the meeting will allow young women from various parts of the world to inspire one another and to become more involved in world affairs. "We hope to create links that will propel the students beyond their normal horizons to create more engaged citizens, citizens that are very conscious of the ideals of justice and peace upheld by our community. The Forum is also intended to pass on to young people the passion for others that was expressed by our foundress, Mother Marie-Rose", explained Yvonne Massicotte, SNJM, Administrative Coordinator of the SNJM Justice and Peace Network.

Immigration, the traffic in human beings and the right to water... on the agenda:
The 2015 Youth Forum will be a veritable plunge into learning more about the realities facing migrants, a theme that will be dealt with on the opening day of the Forum. The other days will deal with two other global themes, the traffic in human beings and the right to safe drinking water about which the Congregation has taken clear positions.

Forum participants will also be involved in volunteer experiences with various social organizations. They will use their time in Quebec to better understand the Francophone reality and will undertake a pilgrimage to the founding home of the Congregation, the Marie-Rose Centre in nearby Longueuil, Quebec.

Outside of their involvement in rituals and presentations on the themes, SNJM Youth Forum delegates from each school will be challenged to design and carry out a social project upon their return home.

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To know more about the programming of the activities, to encourage the participants or just to follow their personal and collective experiences, all you need to do is to consult the SNJM Youth Justice Forum Facebook Page.

More about the SNJM Youth Justice Forum
The SNJM Youth Justice Forum is an international extracurricular activity developed in 2009 to promote collaboration between young people in the common effort to combat injustices and to work for the betterment of the world. It involves students from SNJM founded secondary schools.

About the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is an international community of Catholic women religious. Those affiliated with them include associates and lay consecrated persons. Founded in 1843 in Longueuil, QC, Canada, the congregation carries out its mission of education on three continents. Visit www.snjm.org

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