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International Youth Day

International Day of Youth

In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. The Assembly recommended that public information activities be organized to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995 (resolution 50/81).

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. The Focal Point on Youth selects a theme for the day with input from youth organizations and members of the UN Inter-Agency Network in Youth development. It also organizes a commemoration of the Day at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Programme encourages youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country. Youth are encouraged to send in a description of their planned activities to youth@un.org. The most creative activities are featured on the Programme’s website to provide a sense of how International Youth Day is being commemorated around the world and to encourage other youth to take action.

Previous Celebrations of International Youth Day include:


To guide the celebrations of the International Year of Youth, the United Nations has developed the Framework Approach highlighting three key objectives for the Year, namely: increased commitment and investment in youth, increased youth participation and partnerships, and increased intercultural understanding among youth. Use these objectives to guide your activities related to youth. The complete Framework Approach is available athttp://social.un.org/youthyear/.

Think about what you can do in you community and how you can effectively spread the message. Make it fun and relatable and use all your channels to spread the message. Think Facebook, Twitter, university newsletters, local newspapers.

  • Educational radio show. Contact popular local/national radio stations to request a slot to have a discussion with distinguished individuals and youth.
  • Organize a public meeting or debate to discuss young people’s contributions to global issues.
  • Initiate round table discussions among adults and young people to promote intergenerational understanding.
  • Organize a youth forum to exchange ideas and discuss cultural backgrounds in order to help young people accept others and popularize a culture of non-violence.
  • Organize a concert to promote International Youth Day and the launch of the Year. Invite your local musicians and combine it with a panel discussion or invite a politician or policy maker to hold the key note speech.
  • Create an “info point” about youth-related issues in the center of town/village, at high schools, or at university centers.
  • Organize an exhibition. Get permission to use a public space for an arts exhibit, which showcases the challenges of young people today or how young people are contributing to development.  Try to involve young people in the domains of culture, arts and music, to raise awareness on youth-related issues.
  • Write to your Minister of Youth to inform him or her about the challenges young people face in their daily lives and to suggest solutions. A list of Ministers of Youth can be found at www.un.org/youth.

A variety of informational material, such as the logo for the International Year of Youth, is available on the International Year of Youth website:http://social.un.org/youthyear. If you would like to use the logo for your event, read the guidelines for the logo and fill out the liability waiver form available for download on the site. Please check the International Year of Youth website for regular updates.

NHS England and the British Youth Council are now recruiting for the 2nd year of the NHS Youth Forum​

They are looking for young people aged 14 - 25 from across England to be part of the NHS Youth Forum. They would like people who are both passionate about youth representation and the improvement of services for all young people, as well as trying to ensure that the group is fully representative of all young people across England. The deadline for applications is midnight on 7th June

Some readers see this part of your email after the subject line in the inbox. Write something brief and catchy, compelling them to open the email.

UK Youth and Starbucks Coffee Company are delighted to announce the 

launch of its 2015 

Starbucks Youth Action programme.

Are you working with young people aged 16 - 24 who are not in education or employment?  Would you like to support them to apply for a grant of up to £1000 to run a social action programme in their community.  Then we would like to invite you to encourage them to apply to Starbucks Youth Action.


To apply, two young people need to lead the project, will be aged between 16 and 24 and need to have a youth worker / training organisation able to support them throughout the project.  


We are looking for projects that provide a positive benefit to the local community.

As part of the programme, successful applicants will receive:


  • Access to a specially designed App to support them through their planning and delivery of their social action project
  • A copy of UK Youth's employability toolkit which will enable you to help them develop their employability skills
  • A QCF Unit Leadership pack, which will provide activities and recording documents for the young person to complete to gain their QCF unit in Leadership.
  • Access to job and apprenticeship vacancies within the Starbucks Coffee Chain.
  • Support workers will also be given funding to support the young people through the programme

This is a rolling programme until March 2016.  Applications are open now with the first round of funding being considered on 3rd August and monthly from thereon.

If you would like more information please contact Becky at (MENTIONING THAT YOU ARE ASSOCIATED THROUGH LINCOLNSHIRE YOUTH ASSOCIATION/YOUNG LINCOLNSHIRE - PLEASE NOTE - All Youth groups that are members of LYA or LCVYS are Associates of Young Lincolnshire ring 07818 434346 if you need to check.) starbucksyouthaction@ukyouth.orgor visit the UK Youth Website.



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