[Webinar Series] Youth Volunteering and Social Change: Challenges and Opportunities
March 7 @ 8:00 am - October 3 @ 9:30 amFree
Background and Context
During 2022 IAVE gave renewed focus to raising awareness and understanding of how the corporate sector can influence and support volunteering as an agent of sustained systemic change to help young people enhance their employability and find employment. IAVE sought to encourage and enable more innovative involvement by business including working in partnership with leadership for volunteering organizations to create a community of practice. A briefing or ‘Challenge Paper’ was commissioned to frame and set out the issues and this was used to inform a series of global dialogues involving participants from some 100 organizations across 75 countries. The dialogue discussions were captured and informed a final ‘Insights Paper’ (published in early 2023) that provides evidence of views on what actions need to be taken to facilitate and support young people through their volunteering journey to develop skills, knowledge and attitude towards enhancing their livelihoods, employability and /or entrepreneurship.
IAVE continues to have a strategic interest in youth volunteering and the key issues that are challenging young people today. IAVE networks and members continue to place a high priority on their engagement with young people. In listening to these voices IAVE made the decision to consider a further two youth volunteering focused topics. The topics chosen of youth well-being and youth activism have been influenced by experiences recorded during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. There is evidence of an emerging crisis in young people’s well-being particular their mental health. There is also evidence of young people being more interested in unstructured volunteer involvement that is organized and led through informal youth networks focused on issues that young people are passionate about and want to add their voices and actions to bring about positive change.
In continuing to give thought leadership to these topics IAVE is delivering a series of 4 global webinars for 2023 focused on youth volunteering. Three of the webinars will consider the following key issues –
- Youth Volunteering, Employability and Sustainable Livelihoods: Exploring the Role of the Corporate Sector
- Youth Volunteering and Youth Wellbeing: Exploring How Volunteering Can Make a Difference
- Youth Volunteering and Youth Activism: Exploring How Volunteering Can Empower and Build Leadership to Affect Change
Each of these webinars will be supported by a briefing paper commissioned by IAVE and written by Dr Chris Millora setting out the key evidence and issues.
The fourth and final webinar will explore the broader theme of Youth Volunteering and Social Change as it relates to the issues emerging from the three previous webinars.
About the Sessions
Youth Volunteering, Employability and Sustainable Livelihoods: Exploring the Role of the Corporate Sector
March 7, 2023 at 8:00-9:30am EST (GMT-5)
In this webinar, we will explore findings from a series of global dialogues involving individuals from 100 organizations from across 75 countries. A global panel will reflect on these findings and discuss what actions need to be taken, in particular the role of the corporate sector, to facilitate and support young people through their volunteering journey to develop skills, knowledge and attitude towards enhancing their livelihoods, employability and/or entrepreneurship. The Insights Paper Youth Volunteering, Employability and Sustainable Livelihoods: Exploring the Role of the Corporate Sector. Access the Insights Paper here.Register to attend
Youth Volunteering and Youth Wellbeing: Exploring How Volunteering Can Make a Difference
June 27, 2023 at 8:00-9:30am EDT (GMT-4)
Youth Volunteering and Youth Activism: Exploring How Volunteering Empowers and Builds Leadership to Affect Change
September 12, 2023 at 8:00-9:30am EDT (GMT-4)
In many communities around the world, young people play a vital role in the journey towards social justice in various communities. In this webinar, a global panel will explore current evidence about youth activism, its scale, relevance and the relationship between activism/volunteerism and youth empowerment/leadership giving voice and taking action to make an impact and affect change.Register to attend
Youth Volunteering and Social Change
October 3, 2023 at 8:00-9:30am EDT (GMT-4)