Brock groups launch “big questions” series for Niagara youth

Youth University and Community Learning will host a series of Conversation Cafés for youth between the ages of 8 and 14.

Youth University and Community Learning will host a conversation series for youth between the ages of 8 and 14.

Youth University and Community Learning at Brock University have partnered to launch a “big questions” conversation series for Niagara youth.

The series will provide a platform for youth ages 8 to 14 and their parents to discuss and engage with questions that have no easy answers, such as what makes a great country? And what is beauty?

“These types of questions explored in a group setting provide young people with an opportunity to question assumptions and develop critical thinking skills,” says Stacia Heaton, program manager of Community Learning at Brock.

The talks take place on Saturday mornings and are free and open to everyone. The next youth conversation will tackle the question “what rights do animals have?” It takes place on Feb. 23, from 10:30 p.m. to noon in the Rotary Room at the St. Catharines Public Library.

Discussions are led by Brock student mentors and include hands-on activities. Youth who take part in three sessions will receive a certificate of participation from Brock University.

Community Learning is a comprehensive community initiative that aims to cultivate the skills and curiosity needed for all people to become lifelong learners.

View the series schedule online.

Posted on February 15, 2013

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