A global youth-led movement for change

Thinking globally, acting locally

Engaging more than 250 million young people

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The Global Youth Mobilization is an initiative of the World’s Big Six Youth Organisations launched in December 2020, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF), as a response to alleviating the negative impacts of the pandemic on young people.

Our youth-led solutions model brings together young people in their diversity in more than 125 countries across the world. Directly investing in young people, informal groups, youth-led organisations and national organisations of the Big Six in the implementation of initiatives related to the sustainable development of their communities and societies.

Unstoppable Together: Celebrating 2 Years of Youth-led Global Action

An estimated 1.2 billion young people have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic response measures. Disruptions to education, employment, health services and social support have changed the future of an entire generation.

To address these challenges, the world’s largest Big Six youth organizations initiated the GYM to harness the surge of youth-led activism and action, creative solutions, passion, and commitment, by investing much needed funds at a grassroots level and advocating for the role of young people in COVID-19 recovery and response efforts.

Calls from Young People: 

Today’s generation of young people is facing unparalleled challenges and is disproportionately affected by worsening inequalities in society. Despite the challenges they face, young people are also a powerful force for change. 

Through the Global Youth Mobilization, young people have told us to:

Upscale investment in youth-led community-based solutions

Empower young people by not only investing in projects financially but also in their potential

Connect young people and enable them to build strong, long-lasting and collaborative peer networks

Involve young people in high-level policy and decision-making

Our reach

To date the Global Youth Mobilization has invested $5 million to support 471 youth-led projects in 72 countries and funded 169 national projects, across 125 countries worldwide, through the Big Six youth organizations. Find out where they are and see how young people have taken action to improve their lives and the lives of their communities.

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News and Impact

The European Commission and the world’s largest youth organizations, the “Big Six”, announced a partnership today to launch the EU Youth Empowerment Fund, to be implemented through the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM). It marks the first anniversary of the Youth Action Plan for EU External Action, the EU’s policy framework for a strategic partnership with young people to build a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.
The European Commission and the world’s largest youth organizations, the “Big Six”, announced a partnership today to launch the EU Youth Empowerment Fund, to be implemented through the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM). It marks the first anniversary of the Youth Action Plan for EU External Action, the EU’s policy framework for a strategic partnership with young people to build a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.
The European Commission and the world’s largest youth organizations, the “Big Six”, announced a partnership today to launch the EU Youth Empowerment Fund, to be implemented through the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM). It marks the first anniversary of the Youth Action Plan for EU External Action, the EU’s policy framework for a strategic partnership with young people to build a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.

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