Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for the kind of transformational change they seek – and young people must be full partners in that effort.”UN Secretary-General António Guterres
While Creating Together’s focus is on supporting children under the age of 6, many of our these little ones have older siblings – and each one of the children that come to Creating Together also grow up to be the youth of our communities. So next week on August 12 (and every day) we give a special hats off to the youth of Parkdale!
August 12 – International Youth Day
The United Nations hallmarks this day as International Youth Day. Each year, The Focal Point on Youth selects a theme for the day often with input from youth organizations and members of the UN Inter-Agency Network in Youth development. It also organizes a virtual commemoration of the Day. The Programme encourages youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country. To read more about this year’s theme “Transforming Food Systems”, and how to get involved, visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/youth-day
Did you know?
Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with the knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive. Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population . By 2030—the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that make up the 2030 Agenda—the number of youth is projected to have grown by 7 per cent, to nearly 1.3 billion. They represent a huge amount of energy, idea, an innovation.
You Inspire Change
We do what we do here to give everybody a better start, in the hopes that they can be the best that they can be and create a better future for all of us. The children and youth today are the adults of tomorrow, and have so much to offer. Let’s all work together to create space for youth expression, supporting them to be the change.