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.
My involvement in the organization's parent group of TakingITGlobal in Toronto Canada provides it's members with so much for their success in social change for social good. I've participated in their Sprout E-Course through the Microsoft Innovate for Good online community, as well as their Culture Connect pilot program. Both, especially Sprout, have given and empowered me to take what I love most to change the world for the better. What the team does at GYAN and TakingITGlobal really provides youth with the skills, resources, and other ways to have their voices heard.
The Global Youth has been a window to professional opportunities, as a GYAN Mexico member staff I had been able to combine my local efforts with international echo through: attending two delegations COP16 and CSD19, being E-teacher in Sprout and linking with lots of youth nets :)
The Global Youth Action Network provides an opportunity for youth to participate in many international conferences, to make their voice heard. As part of GYAN Mexico we also rise awareness about MDG´s , Climate Change &youth . Our local impact has reached more than 40000 young people since our foundation.
In a time where the world faces an increasing number of borderless challenges, global networks like GYAN are critical. GYAN increases dialogue and collaboration between youth around the world to produce the most effective and creative ways to have their voices heard.
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.
Its been truly a great opportunity to work on youth development and GYAN as an organization that provides has been one of the strong organizations that i happen to have been affiliated to through an NGO (Young People We Care ) I established in Ghana. As at the time i started i found the MDG Youth Action Guide very resourceful in my mobilizations and campaigns for youth engagement in the MDGs. Later on other resources were used to promote youth voices at key events such as the GFMD with thanks to the online platform of GYAN and TIG. GYAN serves as a great youth platform that enhances youth cooperation for effective advocacy and results.
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.
GYAN serves as a platform that unites and communicates young people around the world to act upon the most critical problems of our generations, such as Climate Change and Sustainable Development in general. By being actively participating in both, COP and CSD international meetings, the network makes sure that the voices of youth is represented at the highest levels.