World Oregon brings Pan African youth group to Portland


International group in Oregon for 2 weeks

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An international group of youth leaders met with Portland youth as part of a World Oregon program that helps people broaden their understanding of global affairs.

The Pan African Youth Leadership Program met with the Youth Leaders in Action, a group of 20 students from the greater Portland area at the World Oregon offices on Wednesday.

Mouhammed Ba, a Pan African Youth Leadership member from Senegal visited Portland, August 8, 2019 (KOIN)

This program, conducted in French, aims to empower the international youth with experience, knowledge and skills to improve their own communities.

“It is a great honor for us to meet people from Portland and people who are trying, like us, to make change in their city,” said Mouhammed Ba, a PAYLP member from Senegal. He is part of the group of 14 students and 7 adult mentors who came to Portland.

A map of Africa from the Nations Online website, 2019

The PAYLP group comes from 7 French speaking, Sub-Saharan African countries including Chad, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.They will be in Portland staying with host families for 2 weeks.

The YLA program educates Portland youth on global issues including climate change, gender equity and international conflict, and builds leadership skills through community service projects.

The two groups did a series of activities together and discussed how they can improve their own communities.

The international program is sponsored by the US Department of State and is implemented by World Oregon and the Meridian International Center.

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