|Purpose: ||This 36 month pilot project aims to increase the resiliency and engagement of at-risk African Nova Scotian youth who do not traditionally self-identify for participation in leadership training. By incorporating internationally-recognized best practices on youth leadership and peer education, the project will link the experiences of young African women to youth in Halifax. By linking their experiences, the project will enable young women to identify how they want to change their world: their own selves, their community, and their globe. Incorporating international issues in the program modules are a means to engage young women, and an effective means to develop a deeper dialogue with, and among youth. Workshop modules will explore topics such as sexual violence, healthy sexuality and racism. Participants will be encouraged and supported by trained peer leaders to identify and participate in community-based leadership activities to effect positive youth-led and youth-directed change.