Overview of the Year of Youth

The United Nations system’s approach for the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding (12 August 2010 – 11 August 2011) aims to provide a concrete framework for collective efforts during the Year. The UN system’s approach for the Year focuses on the three key areas outlined below. The progress achieved during this Year in each of these areas will lay the foundation for further work in youth development, including the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

  1. Create awareness (increase commitment and investment in youth)
  2. Mobilize and engage (increase youth participation and partnerships)
  3. Connect and build bridges (increase intercultural understanding among youth)

For CSVR the year of youth presents an opportunity to exchange knowledge locally; in the region and globally on:

  • Promoting  youth activism in preventing violence and building sustainable peace
  • Deepening our understanding of youth experiences of violence both locally and globally
  • To further this goal CSVR will be undertaking the following activities in 2010:
Dates
Activities
25-28 Aug
Leadership Development Programme for unemployed out of school girls 
31 Aug
Safeguarding the girls child’s right to education Seminar
23 Sept Youth Dialogues (Building tolerance) – Migrant and Local Youth
27-30 Oct
Mapping youth experiences of violence and moments of resilience
02 Oct  
Dialogue (Values in Education) Youth and Adults
11 Oct Stakeholders Seminar –  youth experiences of violence and moments of resilience
26 Nov
Launch : Youth Action for Safer Holidays

In addition:

  • in the week of 23-27 August we will be facilitating a workshop on Youth activism against school violence at the global interactive forum (a parallel activities to the World Youth Conference Mexico 2010)
  • In the week of 20-26 September we will be participating in the Soweto Youth Festival.

Should you wish to participate or partner with us on any if the activities please contact Emily Mabusela on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Activities for the year 2011 will be available on our website from the 1st of December

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