This blog post provides an overview of the YDoS objectives and its potential to empower young people as agents of positive change for their communities and the continent.
The Youth Day of Service (YDoS) is a Pan-African, youth-led social impact campaign celebrated annually in August, coinciding with the UN International Youth Day. This campaign aims to harness the energy, creativity, and innovation of African youths by encouraging them to volunteer their time, skills, and resources for sustainable development in their communities.
Since its inception in 2020, YDoS has witnessed remarkable growth, engaging thousands of volunteers across 24 African countries in approximately 400 regional SDG Action projects. This year’s YDoS targets to connect 7,000 volunteers to local SDG action projects, supported by LEAP Africa, an organization that believes in empowering young people as agents of positive change for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Importance of Engaging African Youth in Sustainable Development
Africa is home to the youngest population globally, with 70% of its inhabitants in Sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30. This demographic dividend presents an opportunity for the continent to leverage the potential of its youth to drive transformative change and accelerate progress toward the SDGs. By 2030, the youth population globally is projected to grow by 7%, with Sub-Saharan Africa projected to have more than double the youth population of China.
To secure a prosperous future, it is essential to invest in the youth and provide them with the necessary skills, opportunities, and resources to shape their communities positively.
The Power of Volunteerism
Volunteerism plays a pivotal role in achieving the SDGs, and African youth are increasingly taking an active part in volunteering for transformative change. From advocating for justice and equality to engaging in environmental conservation efforts like tree planting, young people have proven their commitment to building and sustaining healthy and inclusive communities. The Youth Day of Service serves as a platform to further promote and encourage a culture of volunteerism and community service among African youth.
Objectives of Youth Day of Service
The YDoS 2023 campaign aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Motivate: Inspire African youth to take active roles in the implementation of the SDGs on the continent. The YDoS will showcase existing youth-led initiatives that are already making a difference by addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges through the lens of the SDGs.
- Educate: Raise awareness among Africa’s youth about the importance of volunteerism and community service in the context of the SDGs. The campaign will provide capacity-building opportunities and launch social campaigns to foster a deeper understanding of how individual actions can contribute to sustainable development.
- Inspire: Empower African youth by providing seed funds to implement SDG action projects in their communities. This financial support will encourage the youth to initiate and execute impactful projects that align with the SDGs, thereby fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility for their communities’ development.
- Ecosystem: Establish a Pan-African youth ecosystem to promote resource sharing, co-creation, and multisectoral collaboration in addressing global challenges with locally relevant solutions. This collaborative approach will strengthen the impact of youth-led initiatives and facilitate the exchange of best practices.
How to Apply
To apply for the Youth Day of Service (YDoS) program, follow these simple steps.
- Visit the provided link at https://msmeafricaonline.com and access the application form. Fill in your personal details, including your name, contact information, and country of residence.
- Briefly describe your interest in volunteering for SDG action projects and how you plan to make a positive impact in your community.
- Submit the completed application form before the deadline on August 18, 2023.
- Don’t miss this opportunity to join other passionate changemakers across Africa in advancing the 17 Global Goals and creating a sustainable future for the continent.
The Youth Day of Service 2023 presents a unique opportunity for African youth to unite and contribute to the continent’s development through volunteerism and community service. By registering or volunteering for SDG action projects, young people can become changemakers in their communities and contribute to the realization of the 17 Global Goals. Empowered with the necessary tools and resources, African youth can drive sustainable change and build a brighter future for themselves and their continent.