07/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2020 17:15
The United Nations first celebrated International Youth Day on August 12, 2000, to recognize young peoples' contributions to public and political life in their communities, countries and around the world. In support of this year's theme, 'Youth Engagement for Global Action,' the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will showcase young leaders who are leading efforts at the local, national and global levels to bolster young people's engagement and participation in democratic processes during a monthlong social media campaign on Twitter @IFESYouth and @IFES1987. Additionally, @IFES1987 will host a Facebook Live event on August 12 titled 'Young Leaders Building Sustainable Democracies,' in which global young leaders will speak about their experiences as positive changemakers and overcoming barriers, such as those posed by COVID-19, to promote young people's leadership and participation.
IFES programming seeks to foster lifelong patterns of participation in community and public affairs through formal and nonformal programs and by partnering with civil society, election management bodies, government officials and institutions to create more inclusive systems and processes that are more representative and tailored to young people's voices. IFES programs support school-aged children and those who have not reached the age of enfranchisement to learn about democratic values to prepare them to be active citizens. IFES provides knowledge and skills-building opportunities for newly enfranchised voters and young leaders to effect change and sustain democratic processes globally.
Published on July 31, 2020.