YouthLinkExpress Newsletter
vol 8.10
:: Spotlight
UN-HABITAT to Announce Fund for Youth-Led Development
On November 4 at the upcoming World Urban Forum in China, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Dr. Anna Tibaijuka will announce a fund to support youth-led urban development projects around the world. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, UN-HABITAT recognizes that youth are poised to play a crucial role in the future of the world's cities and towns, and must be engaged in order to advance its core mandate as well as the Millennium development goals. The fund is designed to improve understanding, and lead to more effective ways of involving young people in sustainable urban development. For more information, please click here!

1. Network News
2. Get Involved
3. In the spotlight
4. Of Interest
5. Opportunities
6. Take Action

Vidar Ekehaug and Christine Seifert

Mike Alves, Rik Jacquemyn, Janine Padilla, Aleksandra Radyuk, and Christine Seifert
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:: Introduction

Dear friends,

In September the world held its breath as several American banks declared bankruptcy; stocks on Wall Street tumbled and with their plunge, the foundation of our financial system started to crumble. The US government was quick to put together a 700 billion US Dollar rescue plan for America's banks, and other countries recently decided to follow this example with similar bail-outs that are hoped to stabilize the world's financial markets.

While those that have gotten us into this disastrous situation in the first place are being rescued, the financial crisis will have its greatest impact on the world's poor. In a country like the US where social services are largely provided by the non-profit sector (based on funding from corporate and private foundations) we have to expect a serious decline in programs and services that are often the last hope for citizens and communities living through hard times.

Apart from dealing with these short-term consequences of the financial crisis, it is time for us to ask more fundamental questions about the world we want to live in: Who, for example, is going to pay for all this debt that is being created? How can we continue to borrow money from our children, burdening them with huge amounts of debt as soon as they are born? Moreover, how can the world's leaders agree so easily on spending billions of dollars in order to rescue the financial system, but they can't commit to a climate deal that will rescue our planet?
As young people we have to start asking these questions. The world is at a cross roads and it is our future and the future of our children that is at stake. Now is the time!

In solidarity,

Franziska Seel
Executive Director

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By and for young people
9/29/08; Le Trait d'Union; France
Since his first visits to the Youth Center of Mascouche Frédéric Gonzalez knew how to realize the motto of La Barak: “By and for young people”. More here.

‘The summer vacationers', an innovative project realized by young people between the ages of 13 and 15
10/15/08; La Región; Spain
The movie about xenophobia was shown to a public made out of students in the Auditorium. More here.

Stand up and Take Action Against Poverty in Mexico
Global Youth Action Network Mexico celebrated with 20 other organizations like Jovenes por México, TD Cuarto Mundo, Rostros y Voces, Gaia, Organi-k, Enlace ecológico, Deportes para compartir, La Comuna, Juventud de la ONU y el Instituto de la Juventud the event “Do it yourself, Young people against poverty” as a part of the Stand Up and Take Action Campaign. With 4000 participants and four activities the youth organizations demonstrated their workshops and were looking for new volunteers for different strategies to eradicate poverty. You can write an email to mexico (at) if you want to participate in one of the upcoming activities.

Get involved with GYCA
The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is currently recruiting Regional Focal Points for a two-year term (January 2009-December 2010). This is a call for all young people interested in taking a fundamental role in GYCA. The principal functions of the RFPs are to actively implement GYCA projects and effectively engage GYCA members in their region. These functions fall under four main areas: outreach and support, communications, advocacy, and strategic development. For more information, please click here.

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Paint for the Planet
Paint for the Planet is an exhibit and auction of children's art to launch the global United Nations campaign "UNite to Combat Climate Change". The event will feature a selection of paintings from UNEP's International Children's Painting Competition. Showcasing children's fears and hopes for the planet, the paintings are a powerful plea from children for leadership on climate change before it is too late.

Stop Violence Against Women
Check out this Amnesty International campaign to learn more about violence against women and girls. You can also join the global call for violence-free schools for girls by signing an online petition, reading a comic or downloading a banner and putting it on your homepage.

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Young Muslim Advisory Group announced
10/7/08; Associated Press of Pakistan; United Kingdom
A twenty two-member Young Muslim Advisory Group was announced on Tuesday to help the UK Government deepen its engagement with the young Muslims. More here.

Young people from all over Asia in Mindanao, for peace and interreligious dialogue
10/16/08;; Philippines
The leaders of 90 youth movements, belonging to different religions and ethnicities, have met on the island, the theater of a decades-long war between the army and the MILF. More here.

Turkish youth seek inspiration
10/8/08; Turkish Daily News; Turkey
After years of remaining dormant due to disillusionment and the suffering of past generations of youth activists, teenagers are slowly but decisively pushing themselves into Turkey's complex political arena. More here.

Young people mentored on leadership
10/15/08; Modern Ghana; Ghana
There is the need for a direct, focused and sustained leadership in Africa and the youth should take up leadership challenges, Sir Sam Jonah, Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, said on Wednesday. More here.

MDG and the Nigerian youth
10/5/08; Punch; Nigeria
The annual National Youth Summit has ended with a bang; many of the participants have promised to dazzle the world with their unique inventions and ideas after attending the very rich lectures and training that lasted six days. More here.

Youth signal readiness for political leadership
9/26/08; Daily Nation; Kenya
The Kenyan youth, under the auspices of the Youth Agenda, last week held a three-day convention under the theme, Rebuilding Our nation, Reconciling Our Communities: Challenges and Prospects for Young Kenyans, at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi. More here.

Young people have say on issues
10/18/08; The Beacon Herald; Canada
There was no shortage of concerns for their community and certainly no shortage of opinions about what to do about it at a youth forum held yesterday at the Rotary Complex. More here.

Youth movement toward voting
10/19/08; Capital News 9; USA
It's getting down to the wire and in most races, every vote is precious. As Curtis Schick reports, in the 20th Congressional District, both sides are feeling a youth movement. More here.

Prioritize funding, youth group say
10/20/08; The Fiji Times; Fiji
A youth group is calling on relevant authorities to prioritize funding for youth at risk programs in the wake of the fact that more teenager girls are resorting to prostitution signaling the hardships faced. More here.

Youth Bill Flawed Regarding Ages
9/29/2008; The Namibian; Namibia
After three years in the making, legislation for the existing National Youth Council has finally reached the National Assembly, but alert Parliamentarians have already seen a flaw, as the bill only categorizes those aged between 16 and 30 as youths. More here.


350 is the most important number on the planet
GYAN has recently partnered with, an organization with the aim to raise awareness about the need of reducing carbon emissions. Their new campaign aims to invite the next president of the United States to attend the climate negotiations in Poznan. You can help by signing the online petition or recording a video invitation. For more information, click here.

:: EVENT SPOTLIGHT [Full Calendar]

WYSE Brazil
Date: December 28, 2008 - January 8, 2009
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
WYSE International will be hosting an International Leadership Programme in which will focus on experiences that help identify personal values and guiding principles to gain a sense of purpose and life direction, enabling participants to make a positive contribution in their communities. Applications are open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 35. The programme will be conducted in both English and Portuguese. For more information, click here or send an email.

Youth Prepare for Poland - A TIG Live Chat
Date: November 6th, 2008
Location: Online Chat Room
On November 6th 2008 TakingITGlobal will be hosting a Live Chat focused on how youth are preparing for the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland coming up in December. The Live Chat will feature youth and youth organizations who are heading to Poland for the meeting. Sign up to find out how the results of this conference will effect you and how you can help by putting forward the changes youth will be demanding from world leaders at the conference. For more information, click here.

World Creative Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009
Date: May 5-10, 2009
Location: Baliuag, Philippines
WCYF 2009 is a gathering of the youth with the objective to mainstream sustainable development and encourage united effort and involvement towards this. Main focuses of the conference are Peace and Human Rights, Climate Change, Sustainable Lifestyle, Entrepreneurship, Education and Technology and Advocacy for Sustainable Development. For more information, click here.

World Water Forum
Date: March 16-22, 2009
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
The World Water Forum is the main water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda. You can take part by participating in the Youth World Water Forum to share your ideas and experiences with your peers and act together now for the future. Also, you can raise awareness by proposing a film or documentary for the International Water and Film Event. For more information, click here.

Many scams invite people to register for a youth conference, and intend only to collect registration fees. Please beware and only pay fees when you are certain it is a legitimate event. Common schemes include events taking place both in the USA and other countries.

International Conference on Child Labor and Child Exploitation California, USA, organized by ICWCB, December 2008

World Youths Organization ( W. Y. O. ) - Conference on Racism and child abuse on November 27th-29th in Disneyland Convention Hall Anaheim, Los Angeles, California, and December 3rd-5th, 2008, at Olympic Stadium Hall Dakar-Senegal.

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Influx Project
Sign up at Influx Project in order to contribute to a better United Nations. The website is inviting you to pledge a small financial contribution to the UN and inviting your opinions through this website allows all of us to discover which nations most want the UN to succeed and encourages them to take more prominent roles in the UN's progress. For more information, click here.

Help for Young Changemakers
Just in time for a new school year, is launching Generation Idealist: a resource center for a new generation of community leaders and world changers. Containing tips and ideas for teens, college students and nonprofit professionals, this collection will help you (or your younger friends) identify ways to build a better world; take action; maximize your impact; and reflect. For more information, click here or send an email.

Turning Rhetoric into Action
This toolkit highlights the role of participation in enabling access of all people to fundamental rights and describes the conditions necessary in order to do this well. The main purpose of the participation toolkit is to offer guidance to all those who wish to reach out to people living in extreme poverty and under social exclusion. It is intended to be a practical guide on how to enable the participation of very poor people in decision-making processes affecting their lives. For more information, click here.

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Program Coordinator, Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
Sister Cities International is looking for a program coordinator who is knowledgeable and interested in Iraqi politics, culture and history. Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter with all relevant experience, and salary history to Erica Sewell, Youth & Education Program Manager. Please put IYLEP Coordinator Position in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information, send an email.


Lessons in democracy
The objective of this new homepage is to provide a straightforward, short, yet comprehensive guide to what may be termed "the organizing principle for human society." The education comprises twenty 2-3 page lessons, for a total of 50 pages and should take only a few hours to read. For this small amount of effort, the reader should attain an understanding of democracy. For more information, click here.

Lund University (Sweden) Master's program in Geographic Information Systems
The Master's program in GIS is a free, distance-learning, 2-year program for full-time students. The entire program is given in English and all courses are given as distance education, so the teaching methods and course examinations are conducted over the Internet. The application for studies starting in January, 2009 will open September 15, 2008. For more information, click here.


The ERSTE Foundation
The ERSTE Foundation is active in the Central and South Eastern European region. The Foundation wants to play an active role in linking actors and locations of contemporary culture and to researching and understanding recent cultural history; giving people opportunities to meet and increase their knowledge about each other. For more information, click here.


Volunteer in Togo
GYAN member Association Dunenyo is looking for a volunteer to teach in a primary school in Togo. The volunteer would also help them to plan future projects. In the past Association Dunenyo has been establishing libraries and organizing sing camps for young people in Togo. For more information, click here or send an email.

Youth Realities Network (Ghana)
Volunteering for Youth Realities Network is an opportunity for individuals, groups and families to make a significant difference by helping children who will appreciate that which we take for granted. Possible areas of work of the volunteer are finishing work on a health clinic, teaching school subjects and others. For more information, click here or send an email.



Stop Child Executions
Sign this petition to urge Iranian leaders to abolish death penalty for all child offenders under the age of 18. For more information, click here.

MDG pledge
Visit today and pledge to incorporate the MDGs in to your personal and professional e-mail signatures. It is a quick and easy way to raise awareness about the MDGs and start conversations with your friends and colleagues. For more information, click here.

Every human has rights
2008 is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th anniversary. The Every Human Has Rights campaign aims at raising awareness on Human Rights and urges everyone to embrace the values and goals of the Declaration. Sign the declaration here. For more information, click here.







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