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Community-based rehabilitation for young people
18 September 2014
Margje Talen (right), from the Netherlands, is an experienced UN Volunteer assigned to UNICEF as a Social Work Specialist. Here she uses the Life Skills game to talk to juveniles. (UNICEF/Akobir Zohidov, 2013)
Dushanbe, Tajikistan: My focus has been on building the capacity of the psycho-social support mechanism within the Juvenile Justice System: an improved capacity means an improved referral system, that is, one that is friendlier to the child. Using punishment only, without any support or care, will actually increase the risk of re-offending. Young people at risk have better chances in life when they receive psycho-social support instead of punishment. Although the process of change is slow, work in this field is highly rewarding. Read
Countries:  Tajikistan
Youth against racism and for peace
27 August 2014
National UN Volunteer Julia Lima, who works with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Communications Unit, took photos of an International Youth Day event in Brasilia where graffiti artists reflected on the theme "Black Youth against Racism and for Peace". (UNV, 2014)
Brasilia, Brazil: On International Youth Day, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme supported an event organized by all United Nations agencies in Brazil, along with the Brazilian Government, to celebrate the date and discuss the theme Black Youth and Peace. Through this event, the United Nations promotes a debate about the challenges faced by black young people in Brazil regarding violence, and access to more choices and opportunities. Read
Countries:  Brazil
UN Secretary-General emphasizes power of youth volunteers at 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games
27 August 2014
Before taking part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games in China, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (second from right) participated in a panel discussion on youth volunteering for development, co-organized by the All-China Youth Federation and the UN System in China. Shown here from left to right: Mr. Chen Jun, President of Nanjing University, Mr. Qin Yizhi, First Secretary of the All-China Youth Federation, the UNSG, and Mr. Xu Ming, Vice-Governor of Jiangsu Province. (Paolo Figueiras/UNHQ, 2014)
Beijing, China: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the UNSG’s Envoy for Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, visited Nanjing, China to attend the opening ceremony of the Nanjing 2014 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games. During an interactive panel discussion at Nanjing University with 200 Chinese youth volunteers and representatives of youth organizations from other countries, the UNSG called on youth to recognize the power they had to reduce world poverty and make further advances in sustainable development.   Read
Countries:  China
UN Youth Volunteers give new breath to community initiative
12 August 2014
UN Youth Volunteer Margaret Hmangte provides speech therapy to Paumuanlian, a 10-year-old child with speech impairment. (UNV, 2014)
Churachandpur, India: In the district of Churachandpur, one of the remotest tribal areas of Manipur, India, there are little services for persons with disabilities and a lack of trained rehabilitation professionals. Four UN Youth Volunteers are bridging this gap by collaborating with the local community and helping them to run a school where physio-, speech- and language-therapy is provided to children with special needs. Read
Countries:  India
Can youth change the world?
12 August 2014
Photo © Manfred Gottschall, 1975
Bonn, Germany: We know, from working with thousands of young volunteers over the course of UNV's 40-year history, that young people are creative, passionate, and energetic. When applied to tackling the world’s leading peace and development challenges, there’s no limit to the innovative solutions that they can come up with. With our new UN Youth Volunteers Programme, we’re helping our UN partners to harness the power and potential of young people to achieve lasting development results. Starting on International Youth Day 2014, UNV is celebrating different youth heroes each week to show that you’re never too young to change the world. We’ll be posting a new inspiring profile at least once a week for 8 weeks. Make sure that you follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page! Happy International Youth Day! Read

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