World Youth Skills Day

Published: 15 Jul 2016

World Youth Skills Day

Today on World Youth Skills Day, the UN have launched a new World Youth Report which highlights the importance of youth civic engagement something which the Award has supported for over 60 years.

John May, Secretary General at The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation said, 

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation wholeheartedly supports the release of the UN Youth Civic Engagement report, highlighting the positive impact young people can make in their wider community through civic engagement. For the last 60 years, millions of young people have given back to their community through the Service section of their Award and equipped themselves with skills for life."

John continued,

“We know that young people need these experiences to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world. Today, the Award is celebrating World Youth Skills Day, a day that recognises the invaluable contribution young people can make globally through skills learnt outside the classroom."

Award Skills

Some of the key messages from the report which relate to the Award and its values include:

  • Community engagement serves as a gateway to further and broader engagement throughout life as well as opportunities for leadership building. 
  • Involving youth people in addressing day-to-day issues that affect them offers a broad range of benefits to both young people and the community.
  • Young people are moving away from engagement in instituitionalised structures towards greater involvement in cause-orientated activism.