2012 Annual Report

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Message from the Founders This past year saw a number of exciting projects come to life at TakingITGlobal. From the redesign of our site header, to the launch of new changebased communities Innovate for Good and YouthMovements, to the debut of our Commit2Act mobile app, 2012 was an eventful year for the TIG team. With the help of our dynamic staff, interns and online volunteers, we were able to implement a huge array of programs that have helped youth, civil society and educators bring positive change to their local and international communities. One of the highlights this year came from our YouthMovements Summit in New York City. Convened with the generous support of the Knight Foundation, the Summit brought together 55 partner organisations, UN agencies, youth advocates and youth allies for a collaborative two-day discussion. Focusing on how to strengthen collaboration and sharing across the youth sector, the dialogue sparked great debates and ideas about the direction of youth advocacy and the future evolution of the YouthMovements Program. We were equally as thrilled to be involved in the Dignity Day Celebrations on October 17th. With our partners at the Centre for Global Education, we connected schools across the country to watch the events in Ottawa, Canada, where we acted as a Dignity Day Role Model alongside representatives from every major Canadian political party. The event was a great reminder of the importance of human dignity and human rights, key guiding principles for TakingITGlobal's work. 4 TakingITGlobal Annual Report 2012 Our programs took us across Canada and all over the world in 2012. We received support from Microsoft to launch Innovate for Good, a program that provides young people with mentorship and guidance to bring their community-based projects to life, holding events in Egypt, Singapore and Belgium, among others. The launch of the Commit2Act app also saw international attention, and we rewarded users from Norway, Ecuador, and Canada with high-tech prizes for their active early engagement. We continue to support youth in multiple areas with the help of our partners and donors, through the continued expansion of our programs, including national art programs, educational programming for classrooms and engaging monthly themes in our online community. As we continue to grow and engage members around the world, we are honoured and humbled by the passion, energy and commitment demonstrated by young people in their drive to change the world within one generation. Please join us as we review 2012 at TakingITGlobal! Jennifer Corriero Executive Director Michael Furdyk Director of Technology

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