WFD Youth Camp

The World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS) is focused on improving the human rights of deaf children and youth across the world. The WFDYS was established in Vienna, Austria in 1995 and is a section of the World Federation of the Deaf.

The WFDYS responsibilities involve WFD Children Camps for age 10 to 12, WFD Junior Youth Camps for age 13 to 17 and WFD Youth Camps for age 18 to 30.

All of these camps are hosted every four years. The objectives of the camps are to provide leadership training for deaf youth, support for youth organizations and advocacy, networking, and cultural exchange. It is all about leadership, educating on human rights to strive for equality, and the celebration of our linguistic and cultural identity.

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The next Youth Camp 
(for age 18 to 30) will be held 
from 14 to 20 July 2019 near Paris, at the CREPS Ile-de-France.



Organising Committee:

  • Jennifer Marcus, Chair
  • Laure Abdelmoumeni, Programme
  • Stephanie Braure, Programme
  • Benjamin Billebaud, Media
  • Marie Bresson: Finances
  • Alexandre Daniel: membre de JSF (Jeunes Sourds de France)

Theme: « Unlock a new world with Sign Language Rights »  

« Unlock a new world with Sign Language Rights » is the theme for 7th WFDYS YOUTH CAMP in July, 2019.
The topic highlights the importance of sign languages rights around the world. Facilitating the full inclusion of deaf youths in society is essential in order for them to develop leadership skills, create a strong deaf eco-system and build a sense of unity amongst each other so that no one will get left behind. 

Our aims includes providing young people with the information needed to be able to carry out various objectives such as advocacy, awareness-raising and skills sharing, to name just a few. 
This approach is in line in with the international treaties and conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been ratified by more than 170 countries. The objective of this camp, which is held on a quadrennial basis, is to instil in young people a positive and open-minded attitude towards equality and to not exclude minorities.  

In addition to that, we will also provide them with the tools to recognise their status within the Deaf Community and to appreciate how diverse it is , and how they can engage in it. This can be done in various ways, such as engaging in workshops, utilising social media, and networking.
This in turn will open doors to various communities within the Deaf Community, such as the student community (with access to higher education) and linguistic, cultural and identity minorities.  

The WFDYS Camp will engage in discussions about the deaf eco-system and delve into social entrepreneurship where they'll be presented with obstacles which will undoubtedly present themselves to them at some point the future, and be encouraged to look for solutions. 

Creating a business requires investment - this can come in the form of time, savings or courage. If you believe you can, you are already halfway there! 

The WFDYS Camp  will discuss issues that take place in different countries and explore themes of leadership. Those teachings will have a significant impact on the individuals, as well the Deaf Community. 

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