In May 2013, 12 Canadians travelled to Rwanda to learn first-hand about the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994 and the inspiring progress that has taken place towards reconciliation as part of SHOUT Canada's Reflections on Rwanda program.
As part of this program, participants had the opportunity to meet with students of the University of Rwanda in Butare.
The dialogue and discussion uncovered common goals and similar challenges to realizing those goals.
It was this realization that sparked the idea to work together to organize a Mini Summit that would give Rwandan and Canadian youth the chance to exchange ideas and experiences, and work together to make a difference in all fields, from business, to engineering, to development.
The Mini Summit On May 21, 2015, Canadian participants of the Reflections on Rwanda program and Rwandan students of the University of Rwanda came together in Butare for an afternoon of inspirational speakers, discussion and skill building to generate ideas and capacity to tackle important issues affecting their country and the international community.
True to the theme and the name of the Mini Summit "Empowering Youth through Innovative Collaboration," the Mini Summit will highlight the importance of youth empowerment and youth engagement in their communities to create change.