CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Making a difference in society, motivating others to act and collaborating with peers is civic engagement at its very best. It’s having an understanding of moral principles and identifying social problems, then building strategies to encourage young people to get involved. It’s a non-political way of strengthening communities, for example tackling gender inequalities, promoting justice and fairness, and seeking good education. The World Bank describes active citizenship as a key factor for healthy transition to adulthood for young people.

Young people tend to get involved with social issues online and those aged 18-29 are more likely to comment and engage in this way. Freedom of speech and discrimination are examples of issues that young people feel strongly about, and they are more likely to take action on this. For example, a survey conducted in Brazil by the Pew Research Centre found that 73% of young people aged under 30 would take action.

Our Civic Engagement themed workshops cover subjects such as gender equality, discrimination, advocacy, justice and youth leadership.

Click through the workshops below to see which ones appeal to you – they are all led by experts who are passionate and knowledgeable.

PANELS

Civic Engagement: How can we get involved beyond the ‘Like’ button?

Moderated by Kim Miller. Panellists: Kumi Naidoo, Kujtim Gashi and Archbishop Sentamu  (TBC)

Hear from a diverse group of experts engaging in a conversation on using dialogue to improve communities. 

How can young leaders create spaces for constructive dialogue that can improve quality of life in society?

Wed 7 Aug, 2-3:30pm

Partnership for the SDGs: How can we achieve the SDGs by 2030

Panellists: Gerald Chifamba and Carlos Sanvee.

Understand how the UN’s sustainable development goals can bring about global change, from eradicating poverty to effective climate action.

The aim of YMCA175 is to shape the future world we all want to live in. How do we continue to provide the ongoing space to connect and create the future we envisage and want?

Wed 7 Aug, 4-5:30pm

WORKSHOPS

TED-Ed Workshop One: Express your ideas worth spreading
Presented by Ashley Kolaya | Mon 5 Aug, 2-4:00pm


Learn how to organise and present your story through a workshop led by the worldwide leaders. Spreading innovative ideas to audiences around the globe.

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TED-Ed Workshop One: Express your ideas worth spreading
Presented by Ashley Kolaya | Mon 5 Aug, 2-4:00pm


Learn how to organise and present your story through a workshop led by the worldwide leaders. Spreading innovative ideas to audiences around the globe.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED-Ed is their youth and education initiative, leading a workshop that will support delegates in developing their personal narrative in the form of a TED-style talk. 

TED-Ed Workshop One: Express your ideas worth spreading
Presented by Ashley Kolaya | Mon 5 Aug, 2-4:00pm


Learn how to organise and present your story through a workshop led by the worldwide leaders. Spreading innovative ideas to audiences around the globe.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED-Ed is their youth and education initiative, leading a workshop that will support delegates in developing their personal narrative in the form of a TED-style talk. 

TED-Ed Workshop Two: TED Masterclass: Develop and share your big ideas with TED
Presented by Ashley Kolaya | Tue 6 Aug, 2-4:00pm


You have a voice worth sharing and ideas the world needs to hear. Join the worldwide leaders in global idea sharing to develop the foundation of your very own TED-style talk.

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TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.

TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. The TED team will be leading a workshop to support delegates in developing their personal narrative in the form of a TED-style talk.

Amnesty International Workshop One: Tackling social justice
Presented by Melody Ross | Tues 6 Aug, 1:00pm-2:30pm


Taking injustice personally: you can make a difference!

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Each workshop can be done independently, but by doing both you can gain a more complete experience. You will be gaining a greater understanding of human rights and practical skills to take action in defending and promoting them.

Amnesty International Workshop Two: Capture audiences and make a global difference through social advertising
Presented by Melody Ross | Tues 6 Aug, 3:00pm-4:30pm


Digital Campaigning for Human Rights: Crash Course

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Want to learn about how Amnesty International creates strong digital campaigns for human rights impact? In this practical skills workshop, we’ll be covering key principles of digital campaigning, including copywriting for digital, social listening, audience mapping and creating key messages.

Do No Harm in Project Management Presented by Rezi Shavladze | Tue 6 Aug, 3:00pm-4:30pm


The aim of the workshop is to present the concept of Do No Harm (DNH) and its methods of practical application in project management with the example of the Roots for Reconciliation Project.

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The workshop will start with the introduction of Roots for Reconciliation project – as the largest Pan-European peace-building initiative currently implemented by YMCA Europe.

The next part of the workshop will focus on The ‘Do No Harm’ methodology. It is widely used among international and increasingly local humanitarian and development organisations. In Germany, for example, a large group of NGOs has committed themselves to mainstreaming ‘Do No Harm’ within their operations.

Do No Harm Concept/Methodology has been an integral part of ROOTS project activities since its start in 2007 and continues to be so. Participants will get the general overview of the concept and how the concept is applied in RfR activities – making sure that all activities are conducted in a safe space and under minimised risks of tension and conflict.

Together Building Global Justice and Peace!
Presented by Håvard Skjerdal Tue 6 August, 3-4:30pm


Let’s think together. How YMCA can work for no poverty and justice together!

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Large groups of the world’s citizens are living their lives with daily injustice and human rights violations. This is a fact that we can no longer accept.

Luckily, poverty and injustices are made by people and can therefore be changed by people! The YMCA – as the biggest youth organisation in the world – has a unique possibility to drive this change. Join us in this session to figure out how!

Youth Justice – From victim to actor of change. Experience of Togo YMCA youth Justice Program Presented by Gerard K. Atohoun Mon, 6.30pm-7:00pm

.This session will show how the YMCA Togo contributes to the transformation of young people’s lives in juvenile justice

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The participants of this workshop will have a clear understanding of the challenges of young people in the justice system.

Three main levels of intervention in this area will be highlighted in order to give an overview to the participants while explaining the process of transformation of the youth in conflict with the law and the young at risk of being delinquent based on the philosophy of the subject to the citizen.

The animation of the workshop, like a team building session, will allow the participants to visualize the spaces of intervention on the field, to experiment some feelings of the young people and to discover a success story of a young person.

Innovation Lab One: Social Campaigns for good Presenter to be confirmed  | Tues 6 Aug, 1:30pm-3:30pm


Learn how to cultivate and develop ideas for your own campaign to address social issues.

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If you’ve got ideas worth creating, campaigns can change the way a society thinks and how decision-makers act.

Attend this innovation hub designed to develop, refine, generate or collaborate on a campaign that could influence societies, communities and decision makers.

Heard about the ice bucket challenge? Movember? No make-up selfie? #IAMWHOLE? Why Not? Stop Poverty. They all started with a simple idea to influence positive change.

Innovation Lab Two: Ideas for your own social business of enterprise to address social issues. Presented by Helen Habdija | Tue 6 Aug, 1-3:30pm 


Learn how to cultivate and develop ideas for your own campaign to address social issues.

Innovation Lab Three: Community projects and programmes for good Presented by Vernon Ringland
Tue 6 Aug, 1-3:30pm


Got an idea that would make a difference to your community? One which would have impact? Learn how to cultivate and develop ideas for your own community project or programme to address social issues.

Global Citzenship training One: What is a Global Citizen?  Presented by Rebecca Stanley, Shrooq Memar, Manjeet Johal, John Mahoney, Jane Herbert | Mon 5 Aug, 1-2:30pm


This first initial session looks at a number of key documents to help the group determine what the concept of Global Citizenship means to them.

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Global Citizenship is youth engagement through formal training with non-formal learning prospects, which increases capacity building and peer-based education.

Global Citzenship Training Two: The eight global lenses and what makes us, us!  Presented by Rebecca Stanley, Shrooq Memar, Manjeet Johal, John Mahoney, Jane Herbert | Tue 6 Aug, 1-2:30pm


Bringing it all together! This session reflects on what makes a successful global citizen.

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Addressing the main issues that each individual recognises within their own communities. Choose from the 8 Dimensions (culture, religion, politics, economics, history, the environment, government and the law, science, technology) and Discovery of the Self.

Global Citzenship Training Three: Investigating Global Issues  Presented by Rebecca Stanley, Shrooq Memar, Manjeet Johal, John Mahoney, Jane Herbert   | Wed 7 Aug, 1-2:30pm


Discover and grow your knowledge on global communities, by promoting positive social change.

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We will investigate the methods of successful communication – why is this important? What are the key methods of communication, conflict resolution and mediation? This final session allows the group to reflect on all teachings and actively use their new knowledge and skills within their communities.

YMCA and Refugees Workshop One – where we come from and where we go to Presented by Professor Clyde Binfield | Mon 5 Aug, 5-7:00pm


This session will be about YMCA’s heritage and future work for and with refugees.

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In this session participants will be inspired by the work YMCA did and does for and with refugees.

Personal experiences; interaction with the participants; video presentation and a view on the future will be presented by practitioners from different countries.

A representative from the International Organisation for Migration of the United Nations will give an update about the current situation with refugees.

YMCA and Refugees Workshop Two – raising awareness: stories and projects Presented by Ed Eggink | Tue 6 Aug, 5-7:00pm


YMCA practitioners from different countries will tell about their work for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons.

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In different countries YMCA volunteers and professionals are working for and with refugees/migrants/asylum seekers/internally displaced persons. In this session stories, experiences, challenges from Spain, Germany, Northern Ireland, Finland/Lebanon and Ukraine will be shared. Aiming at inspiring other YMCAs to also start with this very relevant work. Interaction with the participants is part of this.

YCare workshop Presented by Nick Snow
Mon 5 Aug, 1-2:30pm


Hear from young leaders on how they see faith supporting delivery of the SDG’s, collaborating with others to generate grass root initiatives.

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Engage in debate and discussion with other young leaders, questioning and challenging perspectives on the role that faith has in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). What have you witnessed in your community? How does your YMCA engage young people to affect change and have a global impact? How are these initiatives linked to faith, grounded in religious values? What can others learn and replicate?

Empowering vulnerable young people through youth action Presented by The Chatterbox Project
Mon 5 Aug, 5-7:00pm


This workshop enables individuals to learn more about how to set up youth led projects for vulnerable youth.

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This training is a chance for participants to increase their understanding of who are considered vulnerable youth and why it is important to empower them to make a difference in their communities.

Peace Game Presented by Marina Martynenko
Tue 6 Aug, 5-7:00pm


An interactive session based on peace-work tools for those interested to reflect on the issues of intercultural dialogue

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This session will give you an understanding of peace work, along with methods of interaction and working with different cultures and different behaviour. We will cover the basic peace-work tools and try using them in an interactive game format. This will help practise communication skills and develop your understanding of the intercultural dialogue.

Breaking Down Barriers Presented by Jenifer Hughes, Nancy Hernandez and Grace Toyomura
Mon 5 Aug, 5-7:00pm


Disenfranchisement of communities creates barriers in democratic and judicial systems. Storytelling and discussions will illuminate a better understanding of inequities.

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Disenfranchisement of communities creates barriers and distrust in the democratic and judicial systems. Through storytelling and small group discussions we will share a better understanding of social inequities. Conversations will center around approaches to restorative justice, social inclusion, and leadership within local communities.

Theatre: Can it really make a difference?
Presented by Clare Fry | Wed 7 Aug, 1-2:30pm


Exploring the use of theatre as a tool for bringing about social change, reclaiming narratives and for fun.

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This interactive workshop will explore the use of theatre as a tool for social change, reclaiming narratives as well as a tool for fun, joy and friendship.​ ​It will explore examples of theatre groups who have used theatre to engage in social issues and see how some social action groups use vibrant performance within they demand for change.​ ​We will then consider different ways theatre can engage people in social change – not just in performance but during the whole process.​ ​Finally, we will then give example of how to create a short piece of theatre in a group.

Spin in to change Presented by Anna Casparan
Mon 5 Aug, 3-5:00pm


How active focus on inclusion and equality empowers youths and changes societies.

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Take a spin to get where you want to be! Is your YMCA inclusive/non-discriminatory and equal or are you struggling with including all youth? Do you know why it’s crucial for your YMCA and society to actively work on and inclusiveness gender equality? YMCA-YWCA of Sweden offers you a chance to investigate, explore and develop your understanding of these issues. You will also get an understanding on the core principles of the Y-Sweden´s strategy and how we are claiming space, living our values and working together to achieve national and local goals for further empowerment of young people.

Innovation versus Replication: do we reinvent the wheel? Presented by Colin MacFarlane, Andrew Borrelli and Nicolas Greenfield | Wed 7 Aug, 1-2:30pm


Exploring the development of social programmes through international collaboration; highlighting the benefits and risks with the interplay between innovation and replication.

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This session will explore the concept that while being part of a global organisation with a shared set of core principles, ethics and values, we tend to work in isolation instead of using the power of our movement to share best practices and models of intervention. We will examine the replication agenda and highlight opportunities for collaboration while enabling participants to discuss programme development together. Using Case Studies of current projects that are replicated locally, nationally and internationally participants will have the opportunity to learn how to develop their own work and model best practice.

Unpacking queer culture Presented by Megan Lamb
Tue 6 Aug, 5-7:00pm


What it means to be queer and/or an ally on a local and global scale

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Through conversations and activities we will come to a stronger understanding of queer culture from local to global levels, discuss the history of queerness, and what it means to be an ally and agent of change in 2019 and beyond.

Empowering Youth and Adults to Thrive Presented by Brenda Serna and Kierra McClanahan
Wed 7 Aug, 3-4:30pm


Learn about Developmental Asset framework to create positive experiences, relationships, teach character, values and social and emotional learning youth need to grow into thriving adults.

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Empower youth and adults to create experiences and opportunities proven by research to help youth thrive! Learn how to use the Search Institute’s Developmental Asset framework to create positive experiences, relationships, teach character, values and social and emotional learning youth need to grow into thriving adults. Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible choices. Join us!

Art as a catalyst for change Presented by Misa Nguyen Tue 6 Aug, 6-7:00pm


Explore historical and imagined precedents of art, galvanizing a people and thus precipitating cultural change

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Presentation portion will examine art within movements as a potential to change ideologies. We will look at historical precedents. In our hands-on art activity, we will ask participants to create their own art. Participants will explore as issue that they are passionate about and make art that conveys that message in hopes that it will spark a revolution.

My WHY Is A Y Story
Presented by Kevin E. Ellis w/Kim Castro & Rachel Singer & (The Metro Atlanta Associations Teen Leaders)
Wed 7 Aug, 3-4:30pm


Learn to tell your Y story. You will find it beneficial for scholarships, job interviews, and fundraising for programs.

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The story behind the first YMCA, founded 175 years ago was to provide a structure that would improve the spiritual conditions of young people while they mastered their much-loved trade. The YMCA story is about established principles, core values, mental and physical strength, and other components to assist in the development of a healthy “body, mind and spirit”. Now, you understand how the YMCA came to life; let us find your WHY. Each one of us has a “Y” story, but WHY? In our session you’ll learn your “WHY”. It will empower you to speak about your life’s journey to/through the YMCA.


Wed 7 Aug – 4-5:30pm

#Youth4Peace: YMCA taking the lead on Youth, Peace and Security Presented by Milla Mäkinen
Tue 6 Aug, 1-3:00pm


Learn about Youth, Peace & Security – essential blueprint for youth and key enabler for SDGs – and get inspired for action.

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Although 50 per cent of the world’s population are under 30 years old, they don’t often have a seat at the decision-making tables. YMCA, the world’s largest youth organisation, can make a change! The United Nations Resolution on Youth, Peace & Security highlights the active role youth play in building peaceful societies. The YMCA movement is committed to adopt it and this seminar by YMCA Finland and Y Global Norway shows how to create positive change. You will learn about the UN Resolution, advocacy and get concrete tools that help you to work for youth, peace and security in your national context.

WhyNot? – Creating digital spaces to evaluate elevate the voices of young people
Presented by Jonathon Santamaria and Georgie Nichol Wed 7 Aug, 1-2:30pm


Learn more about WhyNot? YMCA Australia’s youth-led digital platform designed to elevate the voices of young people

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This session will explore how YMCA Australia is using digital spaces to elevate the voices of young people. WhyNot is a website that has been designed to enable young people from across Australia to share their opinions using various forms of media (blog articles, memes, video etc) on issues that matter to them. We then amplify these voices of these young people using the YMCA’s digital network in Australia. We will unpack some of the key learnings and challenges that we have encountered along the journey of developing WhyNot and also celebrate some of our greatest successes so far, including WhyNot’s unique youth-led leadership model and discussing some of our most powerful contributions.

Creativeness in promoting projects
Presented by Alexey Kiryanov
Tue 6 Aug, 4-5:30pm


Practical workshop on promoting social projects and making them successful

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] At this workshop you will learn how to think out of the box, how to be able to see your project\product by “purchaser eyes”, how to choose your target group, how to make your promotion campaign, how to be successful social entrepreneur.

Ten Sing in a new country
Presented by Nita Gjoshi Wed
7 Aug, 5-6:00pm


In this workshop YMCA Kosovo will show how taking a tried and tested concept and implementing it in a new way can cross communities, religions and help with social transformation.

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Join with our young leaders who are from multiple YMCAs in Kosovo who will share how Ten Sing as a new concept has impacted them, how they lead the groups, the challenges they face in a new country and how Ten Sing is proving a platform for connecting young people like never before. Participants can expect a mix of debate, activities, tips, resources and stories from Kosovo’s young leaders.

Reflecting the changing world: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Youth Voice
Presented by Chad Nico, Jessica Rojas
Monday 5 August, 6-7pm

 


An interactive best practice workshop to learn about the benefits of including diversity, equity and inclusion strategies in your programs and the positive outcomes this bring to young people.

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Diversity, Equity and inclusion are at the heart of who we are as a movement. How we connect to others defines our sense of identity and belonging and contributes to our health and wellbeing. YMCA NSW and YMCA of the USA share a commitment to embracing and celebrating diversity. We strive to ensure that people of all walks of life feel safe, welcome and a sense of belonging at the YMCA as they learn, grow and thrive – reaching their fullest potential with dignity and compassion for all. This workshop will explore how improving policies, practices and program to greater reflect the diversity of the community you service, brings with it positive outcomes for young people and financial opportunities.

Transformative Masculinity
Presented by Rukhudzo Kahlari,
supported by Sharon Akinyi

Mon 5 Aug, 1-2:30pm


To create deeper understanding of the multi-levels of masculinity through an African Male to effect new cultures of transformed masculinity

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] A mental visualization into how the worth of a male is shaped by the deeply entrenched social identities that, coupled with personal awareness, cultural, socio-economic and environmental states contributes to the socializing of the hegemonic masculinity, as a basis. Insight into how the Transformative Masculinity Programme is creating power spaces dubbed “Dare” (a local term for cultural courts but generally exclusive to males) which engages boy and young men from rural and semi-urban communities in innovative ways to influence male identity shift which promotes female rights, dignity and respect without diluting their maleness. Championing females as champions themselves.

Social Enterprise
Presented by Jess Boyden

Mon 5 Aug, 1:30-2:30pm


Learn about the power of social enterprise and how it builds the capacity of young people to impact the world.

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Hear about YMCA Victoria is training young people to create and run their own social enterprises. If you’re new to the world of social entrepreneurs or interested in developing social enterprise programs in your YMCA, this is the session for you.

Learn what social enterprise is, and discover how it’s empowering young people to make a real impact in their communities and in their own lives. Understand the difference between social enterprise and community projects, or traditional business, as well how to get started, and how to avoid some of the common mistakes in this area.

Advocacy through Youth Parliament Presented by Thomas Stephenson, Oliver Tripodi | Wed 7 Aug, 5-6:30pm


YMCA Youth Parliament gives young people the chance to be heard at the highest levels of Government.

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Since 1987, young people have participated in Youth Parliament programs around Australia.

Participants in the program receive training in public speaking and leadership, as they research issues that they’re passionate about. From this research they develop proposed legislation, which is then debated in the houses of Parliament.

The program provides an incredible personal and professional development opportunity, and the youth laws, which are handed to the relevant Ministers, provide the government with insight into what issues are important to young Victorians. Learn about how the program is put together, connections to government, and the influence and impact its participants have.

Y SERVICE CLUB Presented by Jennifer Jones, Jose Varghese, Ulrik Lauridsen
Wed 7 August, 1-2:30pm
 


Introducing Y Service clubs as a life long civic engagement opportunity to act locally connect internationally and serve the mission of the YMCA.

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This workshop is intended for those who looking for life long civic engagement with fun, International fellowship and social action.

Y Service Clubs are offering unique opportunities for young adults and families to have civic engagements with fun, international fellowship and service in partnership with YMCA all around the world.

Participants will learn about the concept of service club and the possibilities to engage with Y’s Men International (YMI) as a member of the Club, Chartering of Y Service Club, availing Y’s Men funds for YMCA projects, support staff trainings and Short Term Educational Exchange Programs with the Y’s families around the world.

Learning from the Past, Working Together for Our Future Presented by Shiori Niitani | Tue 6 Aug 6-7.30pm


The session will focus on what happened in Hiroshima before and after WWII and how to prevent a recurrence.

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Through this session, you will understand what the Hibakusha (the people affected by the WW2 atomic bombs) actually experienced in August 1945 and how citizens rebuilt the city and inherited the memories and messages from the Hibakusha.

We will then exchange opinions/ideas about how we can avoid such tragedies in the future and what we can do as youth in the context of the difficult international situation. Moreover, we will examine how each country has expressed regrets for the tremendous damages and suffering the country inflicted upon the peoples of the enemy countries during the war.

Green Vibes: Diversity Outdoors, Environmental Justice, and You
Presented by Kayle Barnes
Tue 6 August, 1-2:30pm


Join a conversation about inclusion in outdoor recreation and exploration, environmentalism, and more that is rooted in environmental justice.

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“Green Vibes: Diversity Outdoors, Environmental Justice, and You” is an invitation for participants to think about the ways they interact with their natural environment at home and to think about how people the world over experience the outdoors, climate change, and more.

Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how an inclusive approach to environmentalism and recreation can advance environmental justice and ultimately help repair the world.

Be part of a sustainable change! A workshop on youth and Agenda 2030
Presented by Caroline Daly
Tue 6 August, 3:30-5pm


An interactive workshop for your YMCA to be part of the implementation of the SDGs at all levels

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In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. A global agenda, a promise and a roadmap with the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.

Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us to work together to build a better future and make sure the goals are met! The YMCA has a unique position to make youth voices heard and assure youth are involved in the implementation! This workshop will create space for your YMCA to find ways to be part of strengthening the voice of youth in SDG work at local, national and global level!

Be the change
Presented by Malik Zacharias & Struan Jaime Robertson
Tue 6 August, 6-7pm
 


With only 11 years left to stem climate catastrophe, the world’s youth are now calling time on climate inaction.

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G-Corps – a Peace Corps for the planet – is set to reach millions of young people to unite, up-skill, and unleash their power to make an impact towards the UN SDGs.

G-Corps is creating impact using digital tools that harness the power of the masses, digital masterclass training to empower youth, and volunteer-led bootcamps for youth to innovate, develop, and scale their own solutions.  G-Corps aims to inspire young people, everywhere, to become future changemakers.

Green Neighbourhood in High-density High-rise Cities Presented by Tony Ip | Mon 5 August, 2:30pm-3:30pm


The higher the building, the more the liveable green spaces. Green neighbourhood contributes to health and wellbeing of urban children and old adults.

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The higher we live from the ground level, the more disconnected we feel from the natural world and even from each other within a community. Furthermore, the intense urban heat island effect in built-up areas leads to heat stress and other related health problems.

With better understanding of the dynamics between the built environment and the microclimate, and advocacy of human-nature interactions in urban living, could we design a more liveable and healthier urban environment?

Get ready for the New Work Order  Presented by Jan Owen
Wed 7 August, 3-4pm


Experienced and dynamic FYA CEO, Jan Owen shares how we can shake up our approach to education, work and life to ensure young people are ready to thrive, not just survive, in a changing world of work.

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Career trajectories used to be so simple. Pick a job, figure out what course you need to study or training you need to get under your belt, graduate, get a job and work your way up the industry food chain. People used to spend years, decades even in the same jobs – do the miles, get the gold watch and then retire.

Since 2015, the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has released its New Work Order report series, which shows that we’re facing the most significant disruption to the world of work since the industrial revolution. Globalisation and automation have radically altered where, what and how young people are working.

In this new, dynamic world of work, these traditional, linear pathways to work are less common. So as a young person how do you equip yourself with the right skills to be successful in such an uncertain future? It begins with changing the way we think about our working lives – from ‘jobs’ to ‘skills’.

The Consent Convo
Presented by Katelyn N. Brewer | Tue 6 August, 3-4pm


How a New Generation is Defining Their Right to Physical and Sexual Consent.

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Consent does not have a clear definition from community to community or country to country.

Come explore how leaders around the globe are facilitating conversations in their communities to explore why consent to sexual activity is key to gender equity and safe and harmonious societies.

Civic engagement of Youth. How, when and why? Presented by Beatriz Temprano & Daniel Galan
Mon 5 August, 3-4:30pm


The main aim is to provide tools to conquer obstacles of youth empowerment and encourage youth for civic engagement.

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Through a panel format, three Young people with years of experience of civic engagement will reflect on what motivated them to find and further develop their sense of social responsibility.

They will also tell how they started, the obstacles they faced and how they were able to get over them. A moderator will guide the debate through questions to be responded by the panelists. Later these prompts will be used to encourage a debate amongst the workshop´s participants to share experiences and attain responses to the initial questions of how, where and why civic engagement is important in today´s society.

The workshop will be run in Spanish (with translation to English if needed).

KAIROS Blanket Exercise  Presented by Tony Richard, Gerard Sagassige, Jonathan Sacchitiello, Samantha Stirpe | Wed 7 August, 3-4:30pm


Explore the true history of indigenous peoples in North America in an experiential workshop that spans 500 years of history

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ program is a unique, interactive and participatory history lesson about First Nations of Canada developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators.

Developed in response to the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1996 –which recommended education about Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation — the KAIROS Blanket Exercise covers more than 500 years in a 90-minute experiential workshop that aims to foster understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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