Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is a 13 year old environmental activist from Boulder, Colorado in the USA. He was in New York this week for the UN General Assembly side events and Voices of Youth had the opportunity to speak to this remarkable young man. Part One VOY: How are you involved in civic and social activism? I’ve been involved in activism since I was 6 years old when I did my first public speaking engagement, and since then I’ve been working in my community with...


Uncovering digital habits among teens in 'Africa’s Silicon Valley'

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Mary* (16) and Portia* (17) live in Kawangware - a low-income neighbourhood in Nairobi, Kenya. Neither are currently attending school – Portia is helping her family by looking after her older sister’s baby while Mary is studying to become a hairdresser to supplement her family’s income. Nevertheless, both have their own mobile phones and consider them to be prized possessions. They both started using Facebook about seven months ago, and when asked, consider themselves to be...


Meet a young woman challenging the stereotype associated with the tech world

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Hi VOY family, I’ve just returned from the Global Youth Summit: BYND2015 in Costa Rica and wanted to share some of my reflections with you over the coming days. KateVOY Arriving at the Global Youth Summit (GYS) venue on the morning of day 2 we were greeted mostly by empty hallways and rooms. Most of the participants were out at the National Stadium of Costa Rica attending the first session of the day - Be Healthy. One room, however, was occupied - the venue for the GYS hackatho...


COMPETITION: Be the brain behind the next VOY Citizens video

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UPDATE: Deadline for submissions extended to 23 September. How many times have you watched a video clip about internet safety and thought to yourself: “Hmm that's boring or lame...I can do better” ? We're giving you that chance… As part of our involvement in the Global Youth Summit: BYND2015 and the Be Smart Be Safe session, we're launching a competition to give young people the chance to help us create a powerful awareness raising video about internet safety. W...


Is your internet use smart and safe?

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Do you know the person chatting to you on the latest viral video thread? Do they know your full name, your address, or maybe your phone number? Have you ever been a victim of hurtful messages and photos spread on social media? Did you get denied access to college, university or even employment because of something you posted online? On day two of the Global Youth Summit: BYND2015 next week, UNICEF and Voices of Youth will join the ITU and other partners in talking wit...


Leaders are listening - are you ready to talk?

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BYND 2015 is a platform for young people to ensure their inclusion in the most important decisions of the 21st Century. The Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 will assemble young people from all corners of the globe with a view to highlighting their priorities and capturing their combined voice in crucial national and international policy and decision making processes. World leaders are making decisions about your future now. They are ready to hear you, are you ready to talk?


#ENDviolence against children

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Violence against children is everywhere. But people turn a blind eye. It’s hidden behind closed doors. It’s invisible. All children have the right to live free from violence. Violence which harms their physical and mental growth. Violence which holds back every society. But violence against children is entirely preventable when people come together and say that it is not acceptable. When they make the invisible visible. Join UNICEF and partners in the movement to #ENDvi...


Happy International Day of Friendship

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To celebrate International Day of Friendship we asked the Voices of Youth Twitter community to tell us what they've learnt from their friends and what makes their friends so awesome. Here are some of their responses: Manuel, Caracas: “They always gonna stand for me no matter what, that's the deal. Int. Day of #Friendship” Chima, Nigeria: “The most important thing I’ve learnt 4m my friends is that the best way to make & keep friends is 2love without expectations....


What's #BYND2015?

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Are you under the age of 25? Do you have an idea how technology can change your world for the better? The ITU is giving you a chance to play a role in setting the next generation of international ICT policy, by helping send a message to world leaders on the future global development agenda. The Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 will mobilize youth to join forces and create solutions for social good, enabled through widespread access to information and communication technolog...


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    I'm one of the Voices of Youth Community Managers. I love reading, travel & social media.


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