International Youth Day 2017

We believe that young people are the change makers and the builders of a peaceful world for everyone. This is why we work to empower young people to live independently and make positive and informed life choices.

During 2017 so far, young people in India are building their confidence and are learning about new equipment that they can use which will allow them to participate in society and not let their disability be an obstacle. 20179624_10155083320611032_1914563369_nIn Mozambique, young people are learning employable skills to enable them to actively seek employment and live independently. In Zambia, young people are learning new life skills and are receiving an education to enhance their future prospects. In the Philippines, young people are being empowered through education, along with building their confidence through creativity in art, music, dance and drama. SERVE volunteers from Ireland join these journeys of empowerment in solidarity and friendship each year. They participate in the classroom together, in the centres for young people living with a disability, in the sports field and in the community. Their overseas experiences are also brought home and shared throughout Ireland, promoting intercultural learning and dialogue in their home communities.

The boys doing homework

The boys in Morning Star, India doing homework

The process of social inclusion for youth, including participation in decision-making as well as access to quality education, health care and basic services promotes their role as active contributors to society and affords young people with opportunities to reach their potential and achieve their goals.

Today we are celebrating the young people we work with in Ireland and overseas, and their contribution towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirmed that “sustainable development cannot be realised without peace and security”.