Youth in Politics Speaker Anne Johnson in Toronto

Ms. Anne Johnson in Toronto
Ms. Anne Johnson in Toronto

 On Monday, October 13th the United States Consulate General in Toronto welcomed Executive Director of Generation Progress Anne Johnson as a part of the Department of State’s Youth in Politics Speaker Program. Generation Progress is the youth division of the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. On her trip to Toronto, Ms. Johnson participated in numerous events throughout the city that saw her meeting with political science students at both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, as well as holding discussions with Free the Children’s We Day 2014 organizers.

Audience watching Ms. Johnson's presentation in Toronto
Audience watching Ms. Johnson’s presentation in Toronto

At her presentations at the University of Toronto and Ryerson, Ms. Johnson spoke on the topic of youth in politics. Each of her presentations was followed by a lively Q and A session, during which the students and guests had an opportunity to ask Ms. Johnson questions specific to their personal experiences. She was also featured in two interviews with local Toronto media outlets. The first was with The Varsity, the campus newspaper of the University of Toronto, on the subject of recent efforts to combat sexual assault on college campuses. The second was with the podcast Global Conversations, which is put on by the Munk School of Global Affairs. Samara, a nonpartisan organization that works to improve political participation in Canada, also hosted Anne at an event with community groups from around the Greater Toronto Area.

More photos from Anne Johnson’s visit are in our Flickr gallery. More information about the Executive Director of Generation Progress Anne Johnson is available here.