SCI Youth Intern Profile #2 : Barbara Dourley

In the lead up to the United Nations International Youth Day on August 12th, we will be profiling 5 of our interns and the work they have done to support youth-led development around the world.

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Name: Barbara Dourley

Age: 22

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Internship Cohort: Jan-July 2011

Host City: Durban, South Africa

Barbara’s primary role in Durban was to look for ways to engage youth in the green economy. At the beginning of her internship, she identified and established a partnership with a youth organization, Youth in Action. Together, they organized and hosted a Youth in the Green Economy Roundtable seminar that engaged a diverse group of 160 youth. As an outcome of the seminar, a waste management project has been initiated and a park revitalization project is currently being designed by Youth in Action.

During her internship, Barbara focused her efforts on building the capacity of Youth in Action to take a leadership role in advancing green economy opportunities for youth. She created a community project management resource guide and she hosted a workshop for the YIA members who are managing the two green economy projects. As a result of the activities initiated during Barbara’s internship, the YIA team has adopted youth engagement in the green economy as one of their organizational causes.

What’s Next? Barbara will return to Canada in August to pursue a career with an international focus.


About sustainablecitiesnetwork

Sustainable Cities International is a registered not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver, Canada. Operating since 1993, the mission of Sustainable Cities is to catalyze action on urban sustainability with cities around the world. We work by connecting and mobilizing people through the process of co-creating. We facilitate a thriving, international network of cities that act as urban laboratories: adopting, testing and improving on innovations. Ideas are accelerated through sharing of experience and cities are making transformational change a reality
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One Response to SCI Youth Intern Profile #2 : Barbara Dourley

  1. Diana Pirri says:

    Yah Barb, way to go! Meaningful contribution in a short period of time… just a preview of what’s to come for this young lady.

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