CERLAC's Youth Summer Program: Young Amautas of the Americas

Youth Summer Program of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

Theme: Sport, Culture and Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
York University, July 27-31/2015

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) invites youth from the GTA and beyond to its first student summer program, YOUNG AMAUTAS OF THE AMERICAS. CERLAC is a York University-based hub for inter- and multidisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean, their diasporas, and their relations with Canada and the rest of the world.

YOUNG AMAUTAS OF THE AMERICAS, CERLAC’s Youth Summer Program, will guide thirty (30) students, between 14-18 years of age, through an interdisciplinary educational process. Youth will participate in daily activities including art, dance, creative writing, sports, music, trips, and workshops. The curriculum will help students to collectively evaluate the historical and contemporary development of Latin America and the Caribbean and the influence of the regions on new generations of youth. It seeks to inspire Latin American and Caribbean youth to pursue post-secondary education. Professors and students from CERLAC and York University, as well as teachers, partners, and parents from the community will contribute to this new learning experience.

The program will run from July 27–31, 2015, from 9.00am - 3.30pm each day.  There is no cost to the 30 youth who will be selected to participate. Meals (breakfast and lunch) as well as transportation (bus tickets) will be provided. This student summer program will be held at CERLAC, Keele Campus (York University). The Application Deadline is Monday, June 15, 2015.

YOUNG AMAUTAS OF THE AMERICAS will organize a variety of activities around the following topics:

  1. Culture, Sports, Arts, Technology and the Environment
  2. Family, Community, Migration, Education and Identities
  3. Histories of Latin America and the Caribbean
  4. Indigenous Culture of the Americas
  5. Colonization and Resistance

But what is an Amauta? During the earliest times of the Incaic society the Amawtakuna was a well-respected student who held the responsibility for keeping their history, culture and traditions alive.  Likewise, our summer program seeks to empower Latin America and Caribbean youth to contribute, with their knowledge, to the development of our societies.

Application Form

Contact Info: 
Abubacar Fofana León
Summer Programme Director. 
York University, York Lanes, Room 327,
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3Tel.
Email: afrolatinlibrary@gmail.com