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Teen attends youth conference on world problems

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Trying to help those less fortunate has always been something Chyanne Tynan has been passionate about so when the opportunity to join the Youth Forum of the Americas presented itself, she jumped at the chance.

“When I was living in Barrie, my school principal told me about the organization and he gave me the application,” said Tynan, who recently moved to Fort Frances and now works for the United Native Friendship Centre here.

“I was interested in being a part of the organization because it is all about youth having the power to say things and make a difference with such problems as child poverty and child labour,” she added.

After writing a number of essays detailing why she should be a member of the youth-driven organization, Tynan received word she had been accepted and would attend her first meeting March 5 in Quebec City.

“The conference ran from the 5th until the 11th,” Tynan said. “They kept you busy from about 9 in the morning until 9 at night.

“We listened to guest speakers throughout the day and when we were not listening to someone speak, we would get together in small groups and discuss what we heard and what solutions we could come up with,” she noted.

Although the work was intense and the hours long, Tynan was happy she attended and would encourage anyone else to do the same.

“It was very interesting to have the chance to listen to young people from all over the world talk about issues that concern me, like child poverty,” Tynan admitted.

“It is a great opportunity to learn about other countries and the problems they face,” she continued. “I think if someone wanted to join, they should be willing to participate in long days and they should want to have their voice heard.”

With the next conference scheduled this summer in New York City, Tynan is hoping she’ll get the chance to attend and offer up her own solutions for the problems facing the world.

“I am going to apply to go to the next conference that will be in New York,” she said. “By attending this conference, I have really thought about what I would like to do.

“Right now I am possibly looking toward going into nursing and then travelling to Third World countries to help the sick,” she remarked. “To be a part of a charity like World Vision is definitely something I would like to do.”

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