Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Join Taking It Global (TIG)

We're an international non-profit organization headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, yet we connect youth around the world. TakingITGlobal provides a portal for young people to find inspiration, access information and get involved in improving their local and global communities.

Young people have the energy, the desire and the skills to make a difference in the world. All that's needed is a way of connecting with one another. TakingITGlobal's position at the intersection of key global trends enables us to support young people in acting as a force for change today and into the future. Our Vision is of a world where young people are more engaged in their communities on local, national, and international levels. We provide the tools and the space for young people around the world to be heard. And those voices will, in turn, inspire more to speak.

Our world is increasingly global and interconnected. Many threats face our common humanity, such as global poverty, war and conflict, HIV/AIDS, and environmental degradation. TakingITGlobal provides access to the information required to understand and act on global issues. Our mission is to provide opportunities for learning, capacity-building, cross-cultural awareness and self-development through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Because once you have the information, you can share it.

Young people are most powerful as co-owners in our own development process. That's why TakingITGlobal is focused on encouraging involvement. By leveraging the power of social networks and digital media, we've created a tool for learning, collaboration, dialogue and action that is completely interactive.

Our flagship program, TakingITGlobal.org, has become the most popular online community for young people interested in connecting across cultures and making a difference. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the site each month to share their unique knowledge, perspectives and experiences.

Throughout all of our online and offline programming, TakingITGlobal aims to:

Strengthen the capacity of young people as leaders and citizens
Foster cross-cultural dialogue and understanding
Increase awareness and involvement in global issues

As a charity, we work with global partners that include United Nations agencies, major companies and youth-focused organizations. Our projects with these partners provide additional opportunities for our members to engage in a range of global issues.

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