Youth Day roundup

12 Aug 16
Around the world


That's a wrap! Today marked International Youth Day - thousands of young people in over 40 countries have taken action to call on their 1.8 billion peers to seize their moment in history and change the world.

Here's a glimpse of some of the inspiring action taken all over the world...

Globally, we shared the stories of Soniya, Alaro and Eva - three young people that are making change - in this animation.

 In Nepal, young people held a national Global Goals conference bringing together leaders and politicians. Even Nepal's President attended.


While in India, youth workshops in Delhi targeted ministries and volunteers came out to strike their Youth Power poses.


In Zimbabwe, campaigners were out bright and early to raise awareness of the #GlobalGoals.

The Youth Power festival kicked-off in the UK, with volunteers taking part workshops, learning how to use film, magazine and spoken word to campaign.

 Young people in South Africa hosted a half day workshop targeting government leaders, including dance and performance. 

Ugandan volunteers marched in Jinja to call for awareness and action on teenage pregnancy.

Douglas Imaralu, from Restless Development's USA office, wrote an article on the potential of Nigeria's youth population. USAID announced a partnership with Restless Development to produce videos championing youth-led development.

Restless Development Tanzania held a youth symposium with 100 young people and a youth festival targeting over 800 people, including the Minister of Home affairs in attendance.

Restless Development in Sierra Leone hosted a talent explosion with flash mobs, spoken word and creative performances across three regions.

Young people in Zambia held a march of peace around town, targeting political leaders ahead of the elections in their country.

Articles appeared in Global CitizenHuffington Post, and Good News Shared, showcasing some of the amazing young people changing the world.

This year’s ‪#‎YouthDay‬ sees the passing of a major milestone in human history - it is the last time that the planet will have more people under 30 years of age than over it. It was an amazing day to celebrate the world's young people - together we can change the world!

For more updates from around the world, follow the #YouthPower hashtag.