I currently run a youth run international group, the Edison Youth Environmental Society. TakingITGlobal has supported us during many projects and has helped us reach out to so many more youth who were interested in taking action to protect our planet.
With the Global Youth Action network strategies and approaches learnt , we have been able to reach out to over 3000 young people who are in school on sexual adolescent and reproductive health , health literacy has been key in our work. With further partnership with Global Youth Action Network and other key partners, we hope to further more cover 90% of schools in all regions of Uganda especially those with high school drop out rates due to unwanted pregnancies so as to contribute to reducing maternal mortality rates and HIV infection.
I worked with GYAN's delegation to Rio+20 this summer, and was blown away by the immense feeling of acceptance, love and passion that gave youth within the UN system a safe space to share their ideas on a global level. With all the problems facing our world today (climate change, overpopulation, etc) the concept of moving forward and creating a caring, just society can be truly overwhelming, particularly within a UN forum, but GYAN is a fantastic support network that encourages young people, and makes sure that we have a say in their own lives.
Ive been involved with GYAN's delegations to Rio+20, the conference on sustainable development and the UN high level meeting on Youth. The GYAN network acts as a friendly community of youth practitioners who are leading progress towards the Millenium Development Goals and supports youth voice within these processes which will have a dramatic effect on our future. By supporting and connecting this work GYAN helps to champion the role of youth in creating change on a global scale.