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vol 8.8
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:: Introduction

Dear Friends,

In our last newsletter we draw attention to the many youth events happening this summer. We hope you checked out the amazing work of the Mexico YouthForce and interacted with participants of the World Youth Congress! In this newsletter intro, we would like to give you an update about the range of things we've been working on internally at GYAN and what we have set out for ourselves to achieve in the upcoming months.

Most of our attention since the beginning of the year has focused on our integration with TakingITGlobal. In July, the Board of Directors of GYAN and TIG signed a Joint Operating Agreement, formalizing our strategic alliance. In both organizations, much time has been spent on integrating our communications, policies, operational structures and administrative systems. We are all very excited that our integration is finally taking on shape and look forward to strengthening our programs and services for youth and youth organizations around the world through this alliance!

Over the next months, we are going to work on a revamp of GYAN's web presence and continue our efforts to enhance the governance structure of our membership. We are also getting ready to present the voice of our member organizations at the next cycle of UN Commission meetings in the spring of 2009. If you are a member of GYAN, watch out for your invitation to contribute! If you are not yet a member but would like to have your organization's voice heard at the UN as well, apply for membership now.

In Peace,

Franziska Seel
Executive Director

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Israelis to join int'l project for terrorism-affected youth
8/5/08, The Jerusalem Post - Israel
Four Israeli teenagers whose lives have been forever altered by terrorism will meet with 45 youths from across the globe who are struggling to overcome similar experiences… More here.

Youth at International AIDS Conference Voice Right to Healthy Future
8/8/08, VOANews - Mexico
Among the 20,000-plus scientists, community leaders, policy experts and activists at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City were 1,000 young people… More here.

Young in bid to save planet
8/11/08, Gulf Daily News - Bahrain
Bahrain's youth will join their peers from across the world to call for action in protecting the planet from climate change as they mark the International Youth Day. More here.

Local athlete motivates youth at CAYS foundation
8/11/08, Cayman Net News - Cayman Islands
Young men attending the Children and Youth Service (CAYS), the foundation's first summer camp at the East End Civic Centre, were fortunate to hear a local track and field record holder talk on achieving the best in life. More here.

“UN Connector” Volunteer Blogger position
Do you enjoy writing? Do you keep up to date about the critical issues affecting youth around the world? If so, consider applying to become a volunteer blogger for Global Youth Action Network's “UN Reports” online blog. GYAN is looking for a youth blogger to introduce a fresh perspective about the UN's work globally, opportunities for young people to get involved, the positive contributions of youth, and the issues that young people face today. The application deadline is September 15. Click here for more information and for application guidelines.

GYAN Ghana celebrates International Youth Day on August 12!
The theme of International Youth Day 2008 was “Youth and Climate Change; take action,” and GYAN Ghana organized an event to discuss the impact of climate change in Ghana. The event also focused on how this challenge can be turned into an opportunity for young people by focusing on green technology and green jobs. For more information, please click here.

Mexico YouthForce impacts International AIDS Conference
The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) was one of the organizing partners of the Mexico YouthForce, which ensured that young people had a strong presence at the latest International AIDS Conference in Mexico. Among the highlights was a commitment desk where leaders could make commitments to youth. You can check this out along with blogs, photos and videos from the conference at

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Global Youth MDG Summit
The summit will be taking place in Mumbai, India from 7-11 November 2008. The Indian Federation of UN Associations and WFUNA are co-organizers of this Summit, which will bring together more then 200 young people from around the world to study and take action on the MDGs. For more information, please click click here.

Red Hand Day
Red Hand Day, February 12, 2009, is the international child soldier's commemoration day. Send a message of protest by placing your hand print with red finger paint on a sheet of paper, and including your name and your hometown. The aim of this global campaign is to raise global awareness of the plight of child soldiers, and to impress decision makers and leaders at the UN with the huge numbers of red hands and so force them to act. Click here for more information.

E-consultation on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)
In Cairo in 1994, the ICPD articulated a bold new vision about the relationships between population, development, and individual well-being; 2009 is the 15-year anniversary and time to take stock of progress made and commitments still needed. UNFPA has organized a 4-week E-Consultation - from September 8 to October 6, 2008 - to substantively include young people in the ICPD@15 assessment and to provide a forum for young activists and organizations to connect, strategize, and collaborate. Click here for more information.

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Youth camp: breaking down barriers
8/11/08, Shanghai Daily - China
While the Beijing Olympics have drawn together the best athletes in the world, they have also opened the doors to some of the best and brightest young people… More here.

The Government of Canada Supports Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth
8/05/08, Marketwire - Canada
Aboriginal young people in Albertan cities will have a way to share positive stories and messages, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. More here.

Kenya AIDS communication strategy for youth launched
8/14/08, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation - Kenya
The National Aids Control Council on Thursday launched the Kenya National HIV and AIDS communication strategy for Youth. More here.

Youth Win the Gold for their Green Projects at the United Nations!
8/4/08, Market Watch - United States
For two teens sponsored through Children International, overcoming poverty's hurdles is an Olympic feat by itself. More here.

Government urged to have policy on youth translated into Kiswahili
8/14/08, IPPMedia - Tanzania
The government has been challenged to translate the National Youth Policy into Kiswahili in order to make it understood by more youths in the country. More here.

WAMY holding youth camps across the world
8/11/08, Arab News - Saudi Arabia
The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is organizing more than 100 summer camps throughout the world for young men and women. More here.

Rundu's Youth Speak
8/8/08, - Namibia
Over 200 youths attended a one-day motivational workshop organised by the Khomas Youth League and the Kavango under-17 League at Rundu last Saturday. More here.

Youth turning trash into fashion
8/14/08, The Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia
With the Khmer Youth and Social Development recycling project in full swing, Cambodia's young people are leading the way when it comes to recycling. More here.

International Youth Day Focuses on Climate Change in Somalia
8/12/08, VOA News - Somalia
Tuesday is International Youth Day; and UNICEF, the UN children's agency, is using the occasion to highlight the effects of climate change. More here.


VII Latin-American Encounter of Youth for Environment and Sustainability
This event will bring together youth leaders, governments, NGO, and international agencies to discuss the issue of Climate Change. This meeting will have conferences, workshops, cultural activities and visits to different institutions. This encounter will provide an opportunity to come up with proposals about human and sustainable development. For more information, click here or send an email.

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Global Innovation Forum for Education and Development
Date: October 21-24, 2008
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
The Global Innovation Forum for Education and Development provides a platform for several hundred young people across the globe to advance their causes toward achieving the MDGs through Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The forum is set to encourage young people to get engaged in, and develop and propose new ICT initiatives that innovatively advance local communities in various emerging regions. For more information, click here.

World Urban Youth Forum
Date: November 1-2, 2008
Location: Nanjing, China
The World Urban Youth Forum (WUYF) is to be held prior to the 4th World Urban Forum, which has the theme of “Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.” The WUYF provides youth with the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution at the main forum. Young people will be part of discussions on how to deal with growing poverty in cities, rapid urbanization, unemployment, disasters and the scourge of climate change. For more information, click here.

World Cultural Economic Forum, New Orleans
Date: October 29-31, 2008
Location: Louisiana, USA
The Forum will explore the economic and social value of an economy fueled by culture. The WCEF is designed to build infrastructure, markets, and opportunities for cultural and artistic stakeholders around the world. This forum includes a World Children's Panel on Art and Creativity. There is room for two more children (age 6 to 16) on the panel. Please send an email with the child's name, age, special achievements, and your name, telephone and address. For more information, click here or send an email.

7th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action
Date: November 10-14, 2008
Location: Jaipur, India
Anuvibha, the organizer of this conference, believes that the crisis that has triggered environmental and ecological degradation, economic disparities, human rights violations, and poverty is man made. Man can resolve this crisis through peace and nonviolent action. The conference also includes a plenary session focused on youth as a role model for a nonviolent lifestyle, and a leadership training camp. 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.

E-mail hoax This scam is sent via email, and might come from what seems like a friend's email address. The hoax might include information about a conference called “Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, and illiteracy,” taking place in Dublin, Scotland, and England. The email also asks for money.

Global Youths Combined Conference Organized by World Youth Organization for Human Welfare, taking place from October 20-23, 2008 in Anaheim, California, USA and from October 27-30, 2008 in Dakar, Senegal.

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Young Men at Risk
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ashoka's Changemakers sponsored a global competition called “Young Men at Risk: Transforming the Power of a Generation.” Young men today suffer from the societal ills of gangs, addiction, crime, violence, and increasingly, mental health problems. The three winners of the competition were each awarded funding to support their innovative approaches. For more information, click here.

E-consultation on Migration and Development
Young People We Care (YPWC) is organizing an e-consultation in preparation for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GMFD)taking place in the Philippines on October. The GFMD has become one of the principal international spaces in which governments discuss migration and development policy, and young people are very affected. For more information, click here.

Development Report Magazine, July 2008
Development Report Magazine is an online magazine that focuses on reporting non-profit activities in Nigeria and in Africa in general. The online publication focuses on issues relating to charity, development, philanthropy and related activities. It seeks to provide the information needed to bridge the gap between the philanthropist and the needy. For more information, click here.

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Digital Divide Network Internship
DDN - The Digital Divide Network ( is an online community for people interested in the digital divide. DDN has over 20,000 registered members and over 150 user-generated issues and discussions. They are currently looking for an enthusiastic and upbeat student who is willing to work in a positive and diverse environment, make a difference, improve his/her skills and gain valuable work experience. For more information, click here.


2009 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program
The program provides leadership training through applied research and professional mentorships for young scholar-practitioners in the nonprofit sector. This year's program will focus on the topics of community foundations, corporate social responsibility, and diaspora philanthropy. The application deadline is September 11, 2008. For more information, click here.


Campus Ecology Fellowship
National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellows confront global warming on their campuses and help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions. Monetary grants of $2000 to $5000 are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students working on projects designed to help reverse global warming on campus and beyond. Application deadline is October 1, 2009. For more information, click here.

Development Gateway Foundation Photo Contest
Submit compelling photographs of socio-economic development in developing countries. In order to apply, you must be at least 13 years of age. Each entry must also include a written statement explaining how that image is representative of development. Each participant can submit up to 3 photographs. The winner will receive $1000. The submission deadline is September 19, 2008. For more information, click here or send an email.

JusticeMakers: Criminal Justice Innovation Competition
International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is a global leader in the just implementation of criminal laws. IBJ is announcing a competition for innovations that end torture, arbitrary detainment, and abuse. The competition will award $5,000 to the eight best proposals for concrete, achievable action. The application deadline is September 14, 2008, and applications are accepted in English, French, and Spanish. For more information, click here.


Volunteer in Cameroon
Volunteer with the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC), a national non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of children's welfare, especially rural children who suffer neglect, abuse, poor living conditions and the lack of basic rights. The Student Volunteer Program offers unpaid, professional training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate college students. Opportunities include working with handicapped children, teaching, or working in an orphanage or health center. For more information, click here.

Volunteer with Unite for Sight
Opportunities are available in winter, spring or summer in Ghana, Honduras, and India. With the assistance of volunteers, Unite for Sight has restored sight to 15,958 patients and provided eye care to 600,000. Anyone 18 years and older is eligible to volunteer. Volunteers receive all necessary training from Unite for Sight so that they are able to assist eye doctors in rural villages and slums through hands-on clinical service and community-based outreach programs. For more information, click here.



Join the Olympic Handshake
The Beijing Olympics should be a moment to bring citizens around the world together. Join the Olympic Handshake and send a powerful, unambiguous message of peace, friendship and dialogue. The handshake began with the Dalai Lama, passing through the streets of London, and now it's gone online where all of us can join in. For more information, click here.







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