International Youth Day - August 12, 2018
In 1985, the United Nations celebrated the first International Year of Youth. On its 10th anniversary, the General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth, setting a policy framework and guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people. Fifteen priority areas were adopted by the General Assembly. International Youth Day serves to raise awareness of those priority areas which include education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, drug abuse, and juvenile delinquency among others.
Many countries participate in this global event, which may include youth conferences on issues such as education and employment. Other activities include concerts promoting the world’s youth, as well as various sporting events, parades and mobile exhibitions that showcase young people’s achievements.
The theme of the 2018 International Youth Day is Safe Places for Youth. According to the United Nations, “Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. While there are many types of spaces, safe spaces ensure the dignity and safety of youth. Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence.”
In recognition of International Youth Day, Highland Shores Children's Aid recommits to support and promote the well-being of vulnerable youth in our communities.