Young people make up a quarter of the world’s population — over 1.8 billion. They shape social and economic development, challenge social norms and values and build the foundation of the world’s future. In September last year, the United Nations Volunteers programme released its Youth Volunteering Strategy, which focuses on young people as engaged actors and agents of change. The strategy aims to give young people of all backgrounds and orientations access to volunteering opportunities while actively promoting South-South cooperation.
In this issue of the newsletter, we introduce you to youth activist and UN Online Youth Volunteer Jordan Sera from Côte d’Ivoire, whose values and commitment to volunteerism have strengthened his vision of young people as actors of positive social change.
We also share three reasons why it is important to provide feedback after you complete an online volunteering assignment.
And if you are interested in becoming a champion for women’s economic empowerment, the Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment is looking for applications from dynamic online volunteers. For more information, visit the Opportunity Search page and apply before 30 May 2014.
Best wishes, The Online Volunteering service team