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3. In the spotlight
4. Of Interest
5. Opportunities
6. Take Action

Vidar Ekehaug and Christine Seifert

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

Dear Friends,

On April 24-26, young people around the world celebrated Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) by volunteering their time and energy to the benefit of their communities. One of the most fascinating aspects of GYSD has always been the diversity of events and themes being organized, reflecting the diversity of countries and organizations involved. GYSD provides a framework that helps organizations build local partnerships and community support, while young people and adult partners decide on the type of events based on what is important in their communities.

Still, it is possible to see a trend emerging over the years. The number of GYSD events organized around climate change has steadily increased, with many events in Africa especially focusing on mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate. While governments are stalling negotiations at the global level, young people at the local level are taking action to deal with the consequences.

Perhaps if governments and decision-makers were more accountable to young people working at the local level, their priorities and timelines would be more realistic and urgent. The GYSD Event Map is a good place to start to learn about some of young people's priorities. Highlights include:

  • In Colombia, Corporacion Grupo Tayrona organized awareness campaigns and community actions to address to growing threat and consequences of global climate change.
  • In France, Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la Ville (A.F.E.V.) organized student events in more than 40 cities across the country under the theme of youth solidarity and the struggle against inequality, including concerts, panel discussions and community gatherings.
  • In Kenya, Kenya Slum Youths Development Organization (KESYDO) organized an awareness campaign around the Millennium Development Goals, highlighting the role young people can play in achieving them.
  • In Lebanon, Association for Volunteer Services and local partners organized a number of events in the country, many of which focused on the inclusion of marginalized children and young people.
In solidarity,

Vidar Ekehaug
Program Manager

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Global Youth Service Day to be celebrated in Ghana
04/22/2009;; Ghana
The Centre for Human Development & Social Change-Ghana in association with a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations is coordinating a number of major events by its Youth Clubs across the country to commemorate the 2009 Global Youth Service Day in Ghana. More here.

Ghetto commemoration project in Lodz by Polish youth
04/21/2009; The; Poland
Over 1,000 Polish schoolchildren and a youth group from Israel have started a project in Lodz, central Poland, today to mark off the borders of the former ghetto... More here.

Updates from GYCA grant winners
The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS has been running a Small Grants program for the graduates of their e-courses. The Small Grants Program aims to help outstanding young leaders working on HIV to successfully implement projects in their communities. Check out updates from the grant winners in the Small Grants blog.

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GYAN Membership Survey now closed
We want to thank everyone who took time to fill out the GYAN membership survey! We received close to 200 responses with a lot of great suggestions on what members would like to see. We are now working to summarize and analyze the responses, and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

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Stand Up and Take Action in 2009
For the fourth year in a row, millions of people around the world will Stand Up and Take Action to show their support for the fight against poverty and for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year, Stand Up will take place against the backdrop of a deepening financial crisis and a slowing global economy. Find out how you can get involved here!

International Youth Day
Every year on August 12, the world celebrates International Youth Day. The theme for 2009 is “Sustainability: Our Challenge, Our Future” - addressing both the environmental, economic and social aspects of our lives. The day is a good opportunity to build support for youth initiatives in your community through partnership and collaboration. Find out more at the UN Programme on Youth website.

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South African Elections Show Youth's New Force
04/22/2009; VOANews; South Africa
During the elections in South Africa, a great deal of attention was paid to young voters whose growing numbers are causing... More here.

Youth Strive To Make Difference
04/22/209;; USA
On a single day in the month of April, youth throughout the Tri-State will give back to their communities one service project at a time. More here.

Honduras Youths March Asking for Release of Kidnapped Minors
04/23/2009; Lantin American Herald Tribune; Honduras
More than 2,000 young people marched on Saturday in Tegucigalpa asking for an end to the wave of kidnappings in Honduras... More here.

Pope urges young people to be the “hope” of the Church as John Paul II taught
04/02/2009;; Vatican
Young people must be the “hope” of the Church and avoid the danger, so much present in our society, that... More here.

Youth urged to drop gun for ICT
04/15/2009; AFRICAnews; Nigeria
Governors from the Niger delta region in Nigeria are creating more constructive ways of engaging the growing number of restive youth... More here.

Youth workers launch campaign for a return to core principles
04/23/2009; Cypnow; United Kingdom
Around 80 people involved in the youth workforce have signed up to a campaign calling for a return to traditional youth work values. More here.

Pakistani youth delegation visits northwest China
04/21/2009;; China
A Pakistani youth delegation is visiting northwestern China in an effort to deepen exchanges with Chinese youth. More here.


Apply for the Sprout E-course!
Do you have an idea for a project that will change the world? Sprout provides young people aged 16 to 30 with project management and leadership skills while learning alongside other aspiring youth leaders. Sprout partners course participants with experienced e-mentors to help guide and support them through the project development experience. The application deadline is May 22, 2009. For more information, click here.

:: EVENT SPOTLIGHT [Full Calendar]

5th World Youth Congress
Date: July 31 - August 13, 2010
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Registrations and applications are now open for the 5th World Youth Congress, which will as always focus on youth-led development. The theme for this congress will be the Turkish word “imece”, which refers to an ancient tradition of solidarity - working collectively for the common good. The main aim of congress is to gather together young people from different nationalities and inspire them to take action on issues such as poverty, climate change, peace, democracy and human rights. For more information, click here.

Global Model UN
Date: August 5-7, 2009
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
The United Nations Department of Public Information is organizing the first annual Global Model United Nations Conference which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5 - 7 August 2009. The conference will be a simulation of General Assembly plenary sessions and the Assembly's Main Committees. There is now a call for individual applications from everyone interested in participating, with a deadline of May 20. For more information, click here.

Youth SEEN
Date: May 25th, 2009
Location: Amsterdam, Holland
Youth SEEN has been initiated due to a need for more research to stimulate youth entrepreneurship in developing countries where rising unemployment amongst the youth population continues to be a major challenge. More importantly, this conference will make it possible for the partner NGOs to come into contact, share ideas on how to best approach this problem and create a stronger coalition between organisations looking to become further involved in youth entrepreneurship. For more information, click here or send an email.

World Leadership Conference
Date: June 15-19, 2009
Location: Singapore City, Singapore
The inaugural World Leadership Conference is a landmark 5 day international conference gathering young people from all over the world to engage in meaningful discussions on the ethos of leadership, and the central tenets of how the world works through predominant current affairs. The theme will be “Environment and Economics”, focusing on current issues and the possible resolutions. 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.

Conférence des Nations Unies sur le commerce et le développement avec le problème d'environnement organized by fondation FCD taking place in London, UK on July 13-17, 2009.

Global Combined Conferences organized by the World Humanitarian Aid Organization, taking place June 15th-18th, 2009 in Washington D.C., USA and June 22nd-25th, 2009 in Dakar, Senegal

8th International Training Workshop of NGO/CBO organized by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to take place on May 25th-29th, 2009 in California, USA

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Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS)
KIDS is an innovative educational program for middle school and high school students. It helps them understand the root causes of hunger and poverty and how they as individuals can take action. The three main components of their work are a Teacher's Guide, their interactive website and their newsletter. For more information, click here.

Best Practices in Youth Policies and Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean
Aware of the increasing political and economic significance of the youth sector in recent times, this project has been initiated by UNESCO and IADB to identify, disseminate and transfer best practices in youth policies and programs in the region. You can propose your project until May 26th, 2009 to see your policies or programs replicated in other countries. For more information, click here.

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Korea Camp Fulbright Junior Internship Program
Camp Fulbright, operated by Fulbright Korea (the Korean-American Educational Commission) would like to invite students in the 7th to 10th grade to apply for the first-ever Camp Fulbright Junior Internship Program. The program is a three-week cultural exchange program through which middle and high school students from the US can meet and interact with Korean students attending a summer camp in Chuncheon, South Korea. Applications are due May 6, 2009. For more information, send an email.


Disney Minnie Grants
Youth Service America and Disney are offering Disney Minnie Grants to fund children's efforts to improve their communities. These grants of USD500 are for children (ages 5-14) or the organizations that engage them, to implement youth-led service projects that address the issues of Poverty, Hunger, Education, Environment, Global Citizenship, Sustainable Community Development, and Disaster Prevention and Relief. Applications are accepted from all over the world. Projects will take place in the months of September-November 2009. The application deadline is June 15, 2009. For more information, click here or send an email.

The ANH Startfund
The goal of the Alliance for New Humanity (ANH) is to connect people who aim to build a just, peaceful, and sustainable world. The ANH Startfund offers co-funding for projects that are proposed by inspired individuals and organizations, and focuses on supporting projects that have the potential to contribute to a functional, balanced and caring society. The deadline for applications is May 15th and August 15th. For more information, click here.

UN-HABITAT's Opportunities Fund
Urban-based youth-led organizations working to improve the living conditions of their communities in developing countries can now apply for financial assistance from UN-HABITAT. The Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development will award up to $5,000 for smaller projects and up to $25,000 for larger projects run by eligible organizations led by young people, aged 15-32 years. For more information, click here.


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