North America Tibetan Youth Congress Chapters Meet
The 17th North America Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Working Committee Meeting was held in New York from June 23-25, 2017. In attendance were delegates from chapters of Minnesota, San Francisco, Washington DC, Toronto and the hosts New York/New Jersey. This years meeting included a day of leadership training for the delegates as well as members of TYC residing in the New York region. Around 50 participants took part in this training which included a session on ‘TYC History and Organizational Structure’ and a session on ‘Strategy and Tactics’ for our movement.
Heads of the various organizations in New York/New Jersey attended the opening ceremony of the meeting. The President of the Tibetan Association of New York/New Jersey Mr. Norbu Tsering spoke about the importance of TYC in our community and our movement. “TYC has a historic and prestigious past”, said Tsering. The Chief guest Mr. Tenzing Jigme President of TYC, stated that we have to look towards working together in our movement. He also said, “the Chinese government has tried its best to infiltrate into our organization to cause disunity and destroy us but has not succeeded we must be aware and vigilant of such activities”.
Resolutions on a ‘Day of Action for Tibet’ in North America by all the chapters here organized collectively was adopted. The chapters in North America have also decided to organize a Lobby Day in Washington DC in the coming year. The delegates also made a call for supporting the Tibetan weekend schools in their respective areas in their capacities and urge parents to speak in Tibetan language to their children.
In conclusion TYC President Tenzing Jigme urged chapters to promote Unity in our movement and not pay attention to cynics. “There is a lot of work to do and people inside Tibet and in exile have hope on TYC. Let’s keep the bigger picture in mind and move forward,” said Jigme.
The next North America Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Working Committee Meeting will be held in Washington DC in 2018.