A global youth-led movement for change

Thinking globally, acting locally

Engaging more than 250 million young people

About

Global Youth Mobilization is a movement of young people taking action to improve their lives now and in a post-COVID-19 world.

Supported by the world’s largest global youth organisations, World Health Organization, and United Nations Foundation, the Global Youth Mobilization aims to address the negative impact of the pandemic on young people and support them to build back better. 

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

It is more important than ever that governments, policy makers, academics, business leaders and civil society come together to find innovative ways of supporting communities and providing hope to younger generations. Join the mobilization today.

Local solutions

Youth-led local solutions to the pandemic recovery are at the heart of the Global Youth Mobilization. It is essential that structures are put in place to harness the surge of youth-led activism, creative solutions, passion and commitment seen since the start of the pandemic. This is why we are investing more than $2 million in young people: in their ideas, their innovations and their futures. Find out more today!

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Founding partners

National projects

Driving change through the activation of the Big 6 national organizations and networks is a key aspect of the Global Youth Mobilization. Find out more about how the mobilization is supporting and investing in Big 6 national organisations across the world

The challenge

A year of education disruption – schools for more than 168 million children globally have been closed

83% of young people say their mental health was affected or severely affected as a result of the pandemic

1 in 6 young people have become unemployed since the beginning of the crisis

86% of young people are worried about their future

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.
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.

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