Empowering Refugees and New Arrivals

Success Stories in Canada, Ghana, Liberia, and South Africa

United Nations Fellow and Gandhi Peace Award winner Leo Nupolu Johnson was young when his family fled the civil war in his home country of Liberia. He spent eight years in refugee camps in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. He was just a teenager back then. 

Within a year of arriving in Canada he founded Empowerment Squared, a Canadian NGO “building a world where everyone is empowered with the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute to society.”

How do they do that? “By empowering newcomer, racialized, and marginalized youth and communities in Canada and across the world to succeed through mentorship, access to post-secondary education, information literacy, and sports and recreation.”

His organization has helped more than 2,000 young people and their families arriving in Canada since 2007. From homework support and summer literacy for youth to entrepreneurship and professional development for adults, they are committed to a diversity of programs to support diverse people and meeting their needs in their new country.

And they will be opening the Liberian Learning Center in partnership with Rotary International, several Rotary clubs, and a number of other partners – the first and only public library in post-war Liberia.

Join us “in” Canada to learn about “Foundations of the Future” from this impressive young leader and everything they are doing locally and globally to empower people to succeed.

Have dinner with us at The Davis at 6 pm on Tuesday evening, January 31st, 2023 or comment below for Metro‘s permanent Zoom link.

Bring a friend for this inspiring night. As always, all are welcome!

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