Since 1999, August 12th has been a special day of engagement for youth around the globe- a day to come together and celebrate International Youth Day. This day of engagement was declared to give opportunities to celebrate and empower young peoples’ voices, actions, and initiatives. The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, which highlights how young people at local, national, and global levels are recognizing the importance of being involved in the community. Youth demonstrate their participation in political, economic, and social life through social media, giving them the ability to reach many generations. It is important that IYD is celebrated in an effort to reconstruct and restore trust in public institutions among the younger generations.
Currently, the COVID-19 outbreak is one of the many challenges humanity faces that needs global action, and youth are taking the lead. Young people around the globe are taking action through social media to generate and deliver support to populations affected by the pandemic. A couple of great examples include shopping for elders or people at risk and spreading public health information on different platforms with videos and pictures that explain how social distancing can save lives.
To celebrate IYD this year, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional UNICEF supporters and staff shared their UNICEF stories and why UNICEF is important to them personally. We hope you will check out their stories on the Regional Facebook page and the testimonials of local Southeast supporters Bill Plybon, Denise Poole, Jeremy Cole, and Thomas Pinckney.
Happy International Youth Day!