Voices of Youth is a global community for young people to learn about development issues (such as Environment, Education, Human Rights, etc) and to express their opinions. Voices of Youth seeks to create a space that will help young people develop into active global citizens equipped to communicate and collaborate effectively to make a positive difference in their countries and communities. On VOY, young people will gain knowledge and awareness of the key thematic issues affecting young people around the world, enabling them to have an open and honest dialogue about the world in which they live.
The Voices of Youth is an initiative of the Youth Section in the Division of Communication at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. Though built by and maintained by UNICEF, the VOY is not intended to be a platform for UNICEF’s agenda. It is a place for youth to express their opinions on development issues that matter to them.
Who uses Voices of Youth?
Anyone can use Voices of Youth, from anywhere and at anytime, however our site is targeted to people over the age of 13. The majority of our users are young people and represent over 200 countries.
How I can use the site?
There are several ways to interact on the site. You can: Sign up and create a profile, or login via Google, Facebook or Twitter. Check out our Look At section, where you can discuss weekly changing hot topics. Join us on Facebook.com/voicesofyouth and follow us on Twitter @voices_of_youth. Share your favourite articles on Facebook and Twitter and discuss them with your friends. Write your story and share it with the world. Comment and discuss with other community members directly on Voices of Youth.
How can Educators make the most of the site?
We encourage educators to use VOY as a way to connect their students to youth from around the globe. Voices of Youth forges cross-cultural interactions between adolescent students from different countries, helping them develop their communications skills, define and articulate their position on global advocacy issues, and in the process become active and engaged global citizens.