International Youth Day
International Youth Day (IYD) gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.
Why is International Youth Day important
International Youth Day (IYD) gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement
How to observe International Youth Day
International Youth Day was created by the UN to help draw awareness to these issues as we strive to find solutions. It’s a day for reflection but also a day for taking action so get involved. More tips:
Attend an International Youth Day event
Attend an International Youth Day. There are concerts, sporting events, parades, and mobile exhibitions that showcase young people’s achievements. You’ll feel inspired by their talent and entertained at the same time.
Lend a helping hand
The best thing that we can offer kids is education. Look into mentorship programs and discover what you can impart to the next generation. There are big brother and big sister programs, music programs, assisting with speech therapy, and more.
Have an intergenerational discussion
Get involved and start a round-table discussion between adults and young people. This can be between parents and children or students and teachers. Come up with topics revolving around the theme of the year and really listen to what the younger generation has to say.
International Youth Day does more than simply encouraging kids directly. It also lays out a set of priorities to focus on creating tangible improvements in children’s lives.
In order to celebrate today effectively, here is a list of resources you can use to make the day special – or to plan ahead
- COVID-19 UN Response: Youth
- United Nations Economic and Social Council
- ECOSOC Youth Forum
- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
- United Nations Youth
- UN Youth Delegate Programme
- World Programme of Action for Youth
- UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development
- UN and other international NGO
- Non-Profits website for the observance