If you’ve been reading our blog lately, you would remember this post about today’s youth. If you haven’t read it, Y not?
I was delighted to come across the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ page dedicated to the upcoming youth day on August 12, 2012. More importantly, the slogan that they chose for this year’s celebration, building a better world, partnering with youth, represents as a symbol of faith. It demonstrates that despite the negative attention that youth, as a social group, have been getting (and often generating), there are just as many youth who serve as the agents of change, and beacons of hope for social development.
“Each year, International Youth Day (IYD) is assigned a theme; a conceptual slogan that communicates the scope, direction, and objectives of the year’s youth initiatives and that also provides a unifying banner from under which individuals can draw the inspiration to take action. The theme chosen for International Youth Day 2012 – Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth – is a global call to action for young men and women, as well as other stakeholders around the world, to develop and engage in partnerships with and for youth towards building a better world.” United Nations
I am proud to volunteer with an organization that contributes to the United Nations’ framework approach of creating awareness, mobilizing and engaging, and connecting and building bridges. Many of the people who have participated in this year’s (and previous) youth internship and youth exchange programs would readily attest to my claim – and that’s what matters most. Youth, and grown up youth, who feel changed, and continue to be agents of change, through cooperation, friendship and mutual drive for a better world.
I have to point out one thing though. I only came across the UN’s page with information about this day because I was looking for positive articles about youth and their work around the world. As a youth who is slowly being pushed out of the category into the next age group box, I’m a bit disappointed that this day hasn’t been more celebrated around the world. After all , according to some statistics, “the number of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 is 1.1 billion; youth constitute 18 percent of the global population. Youth and children together, including all those aged 24 years and younger, account for nearly 40 percent of the world’s population.” (Advocates for Youth)
Stay tuned for more news on the activities planned for international youth day by our friends at the Newcomer Youth Leadership Development program.
Do you have any plans for International Youth Day? We’d love to hear back from you!