International Youth Day 2017

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Each year on August 12 the world celebrates International Youth Day. The day was first created in the year 2000 and is meant to spur opportunities by governments and other agencies to draw attention to youth issues. The event is intended to be observed worldwide with concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings in conjunction with national and local governments with youth organizations. This year’s theme focuses on ‘Youth Building Peace’.

2017 recognizes the contributions of young people in preventing conflict, supporting inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Since adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, increasingly there is growing recognition of young people as expedient agents of change. They are therefore significant players for preventing conflict and bringing about peace. Young people dedicate their energies to celebrate peace, amity and goodwill.

This generation of youth is the largest in history. In most parts of the world the youth comprise of the majority populations. They play a critical role in containing armed conflict or unrest. They are therefore very instrumental in gauging needs and aspirations of for making the world more peaceful and secure which is actually the need of the hour.

The day therefore reaffirms the important role of youth who can play an important part in deterring and resolving conflicts. All over the world youth therefore constitute in large numbers to ensure the success of peace keeping and peace building efforts. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirms, “unsustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security”.

In fulfilling this goal the inclusion of youth can never be overlooked. In our own country the need is therefore to make the youth more responsive to participate as also represent in such activities. More essentially they need to be included in decision-making so that they are well aware of future commitments. Youth must be involved meaningfully so as to improve the situations with which we are preoccupied and to make it their undertaking for the future.

Youth has to be involved at all levels of societal regeneration and reawakening for a better and improved role to build a better environment. In order to keep the peace and facilitate social progress the young minds have to be encouraged to take charge and feel a sense of responsibility. In all important areas for social betterment – quality education, health care and civic services the role of youth ought to be promoted.

Their active role in contributing to the communities should be ascertained by local and national governments. So let’s mark this day to create awareness on how the youth potential may be harnessed for the best interests of our society. All over the world countries are working for providing opportunities to the youth to allow them to achieve their potential in taking up tasks for accord and harmony. HERD Foundation affirms the day and pledges to support youth excluded from political, economic and social spheres to align them to social inclusion for a better world around us.

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12 August – International Youth Day

International Youth Day

12 August designated as International Youth Day by UN General Assembly

United Nations earmarked August 12 as International Youth Day. This year’s theme “Youth and Mental Health” for this special day follows the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’. Youth with mental health conditions do experience discrimination that leads to exclusion. Often this discourages them to seek help, more so for fear of being ‘labeled’ negatively.

Efforts are on to overcome such stigma and ensure that young people with issues can lead healthy lives free of isolation or shame. They are to be encouraged to openly seek the services and support available. HERD Foundation is all set to be part of such efforts. Our focus has always been for youth development and this input will be promoted through approaches that address challenges faced by young people.

HERD Foundation wants to reach out to youth with mental health issues and others to tackle stigma and promote social inclusion of all young people to achieve their aspirations and goals. International Youth Day is a time to reinforce our pledge to bring youth issues to the attention of all and celebrate the potential of youth as promising partners in today’s global society.

This annual celebration of role of young women and men as essential partners in change, sees HERD Foundation take on opportunities to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the youth. We have promoted sports events as a way to assist the youth in overcoming limitations. The thematic campaign has encouraged the general public to understand the needs of young people. We need to also implement policies to help them overcome the challenges they face and to get young people into decision-making processes.

Nearly half of all people in the world today are under the age of 25. Effectively addressing the special needs of  youth is a critical challenge for the future. Especially the youth between ages 15 – 24 make up for over one sixth of the world’s population. However they are seldom recognized as a distinct group for the critical role will play in shaping the future. Add to this the fact that countless youth lack education, skills and job training, employment opportunities, and health services. This effectively limits their future at a very early age.

HERD Foundation reacts to such apathy by first including the youth in societal context as important assets for the economic, political, and social life of their communities.

 

Youth Day Celebrations

International Youth Day – August 12, 2014

Preparedness Training for Youth Employability – Celebrating World Population Day

Preparedness Training for Youth Employability – Celebrating World Population Day

 

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Dr Amol Deshmukh Handing over Training Certificates

World Population Day is observed on July 11, around the world to create awareness about population growth and related issues. UNO has declared 2014 World Population Day theme as: Investing in Young People. It is a call for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth. As the world population edges on we stand at the threshold of 1.8 billion young people who are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future.

Youth has profound implications for development and all opportunities are to be given to them that have implications on sustainability, access to health services and youth empowerment. HERD Foundation has since inception continued to invest in youth. Our YuvaConnect initiative has been consistently involved with youth from rural areas who have been accorded membership to help them participate in various initiatives like Employable Education, Healthcare, Training and Development.

The Arvindbabu Employment Fair organized by HERD Foundation on January 18, 2014 had 10,297 youth from Nagpur City as also the adjoining rural areas of Parseoni, Saoner, Katol, Bhandara and more. This initiative was a runaway success that brought job opportunities to the door steps of the youth of Nagpur District. The employment fair received a whopping 15911 registrations from prospective job seekers. A total of 4700 vacancies were on offer by more than 40 ‘A’ listed companies. These companies offered placement to 1552 applicants on the spot with job-offer letters furnished there and then.

The fair catered to all types of jobs for undergraduates, graduates and post graduates. Also suitable positions were on offer for high school pass and college drop outs. Spelling out appropriate possibilities for employment options, the fair offered hope and optimism for job-seekers who moved about with smiles and anticipation for transforming their lives. Our entire focus after the job fair was on trainings for youth to prepare them for employability. YuvaConnect has been hand-holding the youth of our areas to invest in young people to take on future course of actions charted out in compliance with their interests and qualifications.

Yet too many young people continue to grapple with joblessness, inequality with their urban counterparts and lack skills for employability like presentation, interview preparation and so on. HERD Foundation reaches out to rural youth in a bid to prepare them better to improve upon their collective potential. This 2014 World Population Day we pledge our support for continued investments for the largest-ever generation of youth.

Employment Fair

JOB FAIR January 18, 2014