Celebrate International Youth Day in Geelong
The current generation of young people is the largest the world has ever seen. Due to low political engagement, youth are underrepresented in formal political structures (including here in Australia). As such, their voice is often missing when it comes to electoral and political party participation.
However, that’s not to say that young people are simply disengaged. Youth around the world are active in protests and demonstrations, online activism, cause-based volunteering, and community engagement in more innovative ways. Thus, it’s not surprising to us that the UN has an annual day of focus on young people.
The importance of acknowledging youth
International Youth Day is an annual event, first observed in the year 2000 and backed by the United Nations, to raise awareness of the concerns and issues surrounding young people. Events occur around the world to mark International Youth Day, including cultural events, workshops, and meetings of government officials and youth-based organisations. The official conference takes place at the UN Headquarters in New York.
In 2014, the theme of International Youth Day was “Mental Health Matters.” The campaign focused on reducing stigma and raising awareness of mental health concerns to empower the millions of young people currently experiencing a mental illness. A video was compiled by the UN to showcase some of their artwork.
Celebrating the everyday heroism of young people
In 2017, the theme of International Youth Day is “Youth Building Peace.” The focus of this theme will be as stated on the UN’s website:
International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
This year, the UN strives to recognise the peacemaking and peacekeeping roles young people engage in worldwide. As active agents of change (everyday heroes), young men and women creative positive change in their communities and the world. These everyday heroes will be honoured around the world on August 12, 2017.
Join us in celebrating International Youth Day in Geelong
At Hero Town, we’re proud that half our team is comprised of young people passionate about improving Geelong and the wider community. It is our mission to empower people far and wide, both young and young-at-heart, to create positive change.
We are hosting Youth Mental Health First Aid in Geelong on August 12 and 19. Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) teaches adults (including parents, coaches, teachers, and all others) how to recognise the signs of mental disorders, reduce stigma, and increase awareness and hope. Come along and learn how you can help empower young people to realise their potential and become everyday heroes. Use the discount code “YouthDay” to save 10%.