Offered by the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture (VAST) and funded by the United Nations (UN), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this experiential-based learning program bridges the personal and collective experience of social injustice with advocacy-informed skills-building and the capacity for social change. The program will focus on introducing participants to core advocacy skills, core advocacy themes, and opportunities to engage in advocacy work in the community.
This program is open to former clients of VAST (including anyone who has accessed groups or individual counselling sessions) who are Convention Refugees (CRs); Protected Persons (PPs); Government Assisted Refugees (GARs); Privately-Sponsored Refugees (PSRs); Blended Visa Office-Referred Refugees (BVORs); Permanent Residents (PRs); or Citizens.
The program will be delivered in English and access to a stable internet connection and Zoom (free virtual conferencing software) are necessary. Beforehand, there will be a brief interview to assess participant readiness and upon completion of the program, participants will receive a joint certificate from VAST and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Dates: Weekly for 10 sessions starting June 2021 (exact dates to be determined)
Apply: Those interested are invited to complete this brief (5 minute) application form.