Bryan Cox - Executive Director
Bryan has 14 years of international development experience and has lived and worked in Africa, Central and South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Bryan earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Wales and a MA in Governance and Development from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. He has had the opportunity to lead a diverse cross section of complex development, post conflict and humanitarian programs. After 14 successive years of working with children and youth affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters, Bryan joined Youth Challenge International as Executive Director in August 2008. Prior to YCI, Bryan served as a Country Director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for eight years, implementing large-scale post conflict multilateral programs in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Azerbaijan and Indonesia. Most recently Bryan was Director for the Consortium for Assistance and Recovery toward Development in Indonesia (CARDI) based in Jakarta.
Jane Baldwin - Director of Program Development
Jane first became involved with YCI in 2007 as a volunteer in Stonetown, Zanzibar. After working closely with women and youth affected by HIV, Jane developed a passion for global public health. She went back to university to complete her Master in Public Health, writing her thesis about HIV risk behaviour in South African youth. Jane returned to YCI in 2008 as a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) intern in Ethiopia. She has continued to work for YCI in a variety of capacities based out of Toronto and New York City, and is now the Program Development Manager for Youth Challenge International. Jane has a great interest in global issues and youth development. She has lived in Canada, the Netherlands, Tanzania, Germany, South Africa, and Ethiopia.
Amanda Armstrong - Volunteer Program Coordinator
Amanda has recently joined YCI as the Volunteer Program Coordinator and is
very excited to support volunteers as they prepare to go on project. A
graduate of The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western
Ontario, Amanda specialized in entrepreneurship and has a passion for youth
livelihoods, microfinance, and using business for social good. Amanda
realized her strong interest in international development and social
entrepreneurship when she worked in Kenya in both 2009 and 2010 with Western Heads East where she assisted women¹s groups with the start-up of a
community-based microenterprise. Most recently she worked with YCI in Guyana
as the Women's Entrepreneurship Project Officer where she launched a new
women's networking initiative to train and support over 50 female
entrepreneurs. Amanda enjoys working with young people, learning about new
cultures, and playing soccer everywhere she goes.
Lauren Chender - Program Manager
Lauren has been working with YCI in a variety of roles since 2009. She is currently the Program Manager responsible for providing international program management support to YCI's field offices as well as managing the International Youth Internship and Public Engagement Programs. Her love of learning and commitment to global social justice has led to work experience in Ghana and South Africa and travel on 5 continents. A graduate of McGill University and Humber College's International Project Management Program, Lauren brings experience in youth engagement and program development, a knack for organization and a strong commitment to positive change. Most recently, she co-ordinated an in-school theatre project promoting active global citizenship to middle school students across Ontario.
Adrienne Knowlton - Finance Manager Adrienne Knowlton has been YCI's Finance Manager since 1998 and has kept the organization's finances running smoothly. She works as well for a number of other Toronto based non-profits and has extensive experience in financial management for the non-profit sector.