March 16, 2011
IAVE 21st World Volunteer Conference Workshop 113: Maximising the Power of One: The Backyard Activist
This workshop features two speakers passionate about lifting disempowered youth from where they are and giving them the means to get on with life. These are the behind-the-scene workers who quietly go about helping the youth-at-risk develop their skills and talent.
Stationed in Jakarta, Gouri Mirpuri is a strong force behind The Learning Farm, an initiative to help take young men off the streets back home to their villages with the skills to grow their own food organically and live with dignity. She will share how and why it offers a solution to one of the biggest problems facing growing cities: rural-urban youth migration.
Being very much the mover and the soul behind the Singapore Street Festival which she founded, Annie Pek will share about the impact of the work in giving at-risk youths a platform to showcase their particular talents in a non-threatening environment.
These two backyard activists are quite content to let the work speak for themselves. This workshop is especially encouraging for those who feel discouraged from lack of recognition for all the good work done.
2011 IAVE 21st World Volunteer Conference in Singapore
Jan 25, Day 2
Workshop 113: Maximising the Power of One: The Backyard Activist
Moderator: Joanna Koh-Hoe, President of Focus on the Family, Employer Alliance
Gouri Mirpuri, The Learning Farm, Indonesia
Annie Pek, Founder and Producer, Singapore Street Festival, Singapore