International Youth Day 2022

This year’s theme for International Youth Day is “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, which will be commemorated on Friday, 12 August 2022. This theme aims to address raise awareness on the barriers of ageism and how it impacts both young and old people. As young people are at the forefront of the pandemic it is paramount that they are given us access to and part of global development strategies and mechanisms.

On International Youth Day, the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM) will showcase how young people are working to alleviate the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic, addressing the inequalities that young people face in their communities and how they are advocating for change through Local Solutions and National Projects.

Join our Youth Board Representatives as they take over our social media channels!

To facilitate a peer-to-peer online interactions, Youth Board Representatives Helga Mutasingwa (WAGGGS) and Michelle Chew (IFRC) will take over our Twitter page and Loris Tarazi (WYMCA) will take over Instagram at 13h00 – 15h00 (UTC) on Friday, 12 August 2022.

On Twitter participants can tag @gymobilization and use the hashtag to join the chat. On Instagram participants will be able to pose their questions by either messaging Global Youth Mobilization directly, or they can use the hashtag and tag @gymobilization in their stories.

The aim of the takeover is to engage with young people on the importance of having young people at the forefront of the COVID-19 response and recovery. Followers can pose questions to the Youth Board Representatives on their experiences or share their ideas on new youth-led solutions in their communities.

Latest news

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.
A global movement that funds youth-led community projects across the world is aiming to expand its efforts. Led and implemented by young people across the world, Global Youth Mobilization (GYM) has been operational since December 2020 and already invested in schemes in 125 countries, with young people tackling issues such as the mental health of young people fleeing the war in Ukraine to child victims of sexual abuse in Zambia. Now they are seeking a further $15m over the next three years to expand the initiative.