Cultural Awareness Youth Group of Nova Scotia (CAYG)
The Cultural Awareness Youth Group of Nova Scotia (CAYG) was an influential African Nova Scotian educational and youth leadership organization founded in 1983 by Dartmouth artist, writer, community activist David Woods. The organization was known for its innovative programs that engaged large numbers of Black youth in cultural learning, performance and educational development activities in Black cultural youth groups established at Halifax high schools and local communities beginning in the 1980’s. The organization was restrated in 2020 and is planning to create a documentary on Black Youth today in near future. CAYG awards include Commonwealth Youth Leadership Award (1986), International Education Centre Community Development Award (1986), YMCA Peace Medal (1994), Nova Scotia Human Rights Award (1995) and the Black History Month Association Pioneer Award (2009).