International Youth Day

International Youth Day Quick Facts - NZ

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2022 Date12 August 2022
2023 Date12 August 2023
International Youth Day

International Youth Day History

International Youth Day seeks to raise awareness about the cultural and legal issues faced by youth throughout the world. The United Nations defines youth as people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, although locally, youth can be interpreted in a more flexible manner. In 1995, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth with the intention of establishing guidelines and policies for action and support that would lead to a brighter future for tomorrow's youth. Since its inception on August 12, 2000, International Youth Day has served to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to the youth to actively participate in society.

In 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council expanded its 15 youth priority areas by developing goals and targets for monitoring youth progress. This expansion led to the creation of an annual theme for International Youth Day. Each year a theme is selected based upon relevant issues that youth are facing.

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International Youth Day Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for International Youth Day in 2020 was Youth Engagement for Global Action.
  • Youth activist Malala Yousafzal (17 at the time) became the youngest Nobel Laureate in 2014. Yousafzal advocates for the rights of all youth seeking an education, regardless of gender, religion, or creed.
  • Of the 1.8 billion youth in the world today, half survive on less than $2 per day.
  • Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies - Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible - Barack Obama

International Youth Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Participate in a Youth Day celebration within your city. Use the hashtag #YouthDay to promote and find events.
  • Encourage confidence building activities for the youth in your life. This can be done by having youth participate in sports, drama clubs, debate clubs and music bands.
  • Encourage youth to learn about sustainability and engage in recycling. After all the garbage created today will also be inherited by youth.
  • Empower the young ones in your life with books such as No Body's Perfect: Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity (2002), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (2014), and The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens (2006).
  • Watch movies that inspire youth to make a positive impact in the world. Our picks : Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (2012), Living on One Dollar (2013), Girl Rising (2014), and He Named Me Malala (2015).

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