International Youth Day is held each year on the 12th of August and is an initiative that celebrates the qualities of young people and that recognises the challenges that today’s youth can face.
International Youth Day began in 2000 and was organised by the United Nations to celebrate the contribution that young people make in education, employment, conflict resolution and social justice to name a few.
Each year a different theme is decided, with last year’s theme being “Youth Building Peace”. IYD is celebrated all around the world with festivals, parades and sporting events that commemorate the achievements of our youths. It’s also a great one that schools, universities and local councils can get involved in to help get the voices of our young people heard.
For information on the theme of International Youth Day 2018 keep an eye on the United Nations website for updates.