Today ( August 12th) is International Youth Day for 2016 with the theme being - Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainability. As the founder of my own charity and social enterprise initiatives today is a very important day.
International Youth Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the youth of today and their roles as ‘powerful agents of positive change’ in the world. As young people we have our whole lives ahead of us. We are the next generation of change makers and the earlier we start putting our energy towards doing good in the world and making an impact, the greater the impact we have will be. Many people when discussing Youth’s roles in society recognise us as the future, but what many forget is we are also the present. The platform social media provides us with allows us to connect with other parts of the world, be open-minded and speak about important issues. As a result of this we are becoming much more outspoken about our opinions and the changes we want to see in the world.
"Many people when discussing Youth’s roles in society recognise us as the future, but what many forget is we are also the present."
Today is also an important day for me as it gives me the opportunity to remember and embrace my time in India and the incredible young girls and boys of The Hope Foundation projects. One of the most incredible things to come out of that trip was meeting the kids and learning about their lives. After all the hardships many of them have faced through their life, not only do they remain happy and smiling but they have such dedication to their dreams and their purpose. In one of the girls homes particularly that we visited there was a group of beautiful girls who’s dream it was to become teachers and educate the next generation of young people. Another girl has plans of becoming a doctor and helping her community. This is very important to International Youth Day as it shows us that no matter where you are from, no matter your age, you are never to young or old to live your dream and do something good in the world.
The United Nations have numerous ways you can get involved in the celebrations of International Youth Day. I have listed a couple below that I found were the most accessible for everyone in the Moeloco community and were some of my personal favourites. To find the rest of them head to the UNESCO International Youth Day website.
Use Social Media: share your posts using the hashtags #UN4YOUTH and #YouthDay
Advocate: reach out to your local community to strengthen and improve the opportunities available for young people.
Be Active: Volunteer and get actively involved in programmes/events and activities supporting international Youth Day.
Before I leave you, in the spirit of International Youth Day I wanted to share with the Moeloco community some very exciting news! I have launched my very own product -The Freedom Scrub to support my social enterprise87 cents project -. I have been working on this project for a few months now and am super excited to share this with you. The products are coffee and sugar body scrubs that are purchased with a purpose. For every scrub purchased, in association with The Hope Foundation Hospital, 5 people living in the slums of Kolkata India will be given access to health care and live saving treatments. To find out more find us on Instagram @freedomscrub and Facebook - Freedom Scrub and also at: Instagram @87centsproject and 87 Cents Project on Facebook.
I hope you all find a great way to celebrate International Youth Day and make a difference in the community.
Good Vibes and Abundance