Afghan-Canadian youth tend to live in low socioeconomic households and have low rates of pursuing higher education. Afghan-Canadian youth are also at high risk of gang involvement and drug and alcohol dependence issues. In addition, although Afghan-Canadian youth are politically aware of issues in Afghanistan or Canada, there is a lack of mobilization and organization to channel their energy into civic action.
Afghan Youth Engagement and Development Initiative (AYEDI) was launched in May 2018 by Khalidha Nasiri. AYEDI is a non-partisan organization that aims to build the mental, psychological, and emotional health of Afghan youth in Canada through civic engagement, community leadership, and mentorship opportunities. Our focus is on providing opportunities for and building the capacity of Afghan-Canadian youth to express their voices and be heard.
AYEDI aims to instil civic engagement and social development in first- and second- generation Afghan youth between the ages of 13 and 29 in Canada.
- Build community capacity, networking, and knowledge sharing
We provide a platform for Afghan-Canadian youth to connect with one another and with community leaders and change makers.
- Provide enriched programming activities and opportunities
We strive to provide Afghan-Canadian youth with skills and opportunities to develop their community building, civic engagement, and community leadership skills.
- Support inclusive engagement and advocacy
We aspire to create cohesion and support for policies and programs at all levels of government that promote the healthy integration and development of newcomer and first-/second- generation Afghan-Canadian youth.
AYEDI is committed to advancing its vision and undertaking its work with: