And the winner is.....

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UNICEF, Voices of Youth and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are proud to announce that winner of the 2013 BYND2015 Global Youth Summit 'Be Smart Be Safe' video contest is Rebeca Mariño Oviedo from Costa Rica. Rebeca's video concept shows how young people can make the right choices when the use the internet and social media, by thinking through the possible outcomes that an action could lead too. It captures the important message that empowering children and youn...


UNICEF Voices of Youth & The Guardian Writing Contest

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Have your say and get published on-line by an international newspaper Q: What’s the contest about? UNICEF and The Guardian newspaper regularly produce special features about the role that business can or should play in realising the rights of children: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/child-rights-business. These features look at issues such as corporate social responsibility programmes and they showcase good examples from around the world. For the next fea...


Our Future Starts Today

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Youth Statement at Regional Consultation on Post-2015 Development Agenda in Europe & Central Asia We have our vision of the future, and in that future, in OUR future, there’s no poverty and there is social justice. Everyone feels protected by their human rights. Every adolescent and youth gets quality education. Every person gets the healthcare they need. Every person is free to express his or her cultural heritage without being discriminated. All people are treated...


Entries for the video competition are in!

Posted September 27, 2013 Avatar KateVOY

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We’re excited to announce that the entries for the video concept competition are in – and judging is underway. You can check out all the entries here – but we’ve put together this quick summary for you: 1. Soyeon Hwang – Online reputation 2. Zara Anucha – Self-exposure 3.Tatiana Torres Jimenez, Stephanie Garro Narvaez, Karla Chacon Dinarte, Brenda Ponce Ruiz, Carol Ruiz Cortes, Amanda Bolton – Self-exposure 4. Céline Mancel – Online reputation 5....


This is part 2 of an interview with environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. Read part 1 here. And what are some of the things that the branches of Earth Guardians do? One of the big things is education and inspiring other young people to create young leaders in their communities, so that you have a place to go to when you want to make a difference in your community. It really depends on where you are on the globe. Our group in Africa, they have about 50 kids t...


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...


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


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