Friday 12 November 2021
At a time when a great deal is being promised and not yet delivered, YMCA will today announce plans to invest a further $150,000 in their Youth-Led Solutions Initiative, which has so far impacted more than 38,000 people across the world.
The global youth movement’s initiative puts its faith and investment in young people into practice by delivering critical resources and funding firmly into the hands of young leaders and has already invested more than $250,000 of seed funding into youth-led solutions designed to address global issues right now.
Carlos Sanvee, Secretary General of World YMCA, said: “This investment is part of YMCA’s ambition to raise $1 million by the end of 2022 to enable and empower young people’s ideas and solutions in battling climate change. While there have been many speeches made at COP26 about investing and believing in young people, young people themselves remain in the dark about what that actually means.
“This funding is a chance to shed a little light and reaffirm our commitment to young people today and in the years to come, and we welcome delegates from the public and private sector and academia to join us on our journey to advance youth-led action.
“As a global movement with direct access to communities and young people making a real difference to the world every day, we fully support the sentiment of many young people at COP26 that young people are not the future, they are the present. Urgent action and investment is needed today.”
This next stage of funding will be officially announced as part of an exclusive film premiere hosted by YMCA Scotland, where a documentary commissioned especially for COP26’s Green Zone program will highlight six different projects made possible by Youth-Led Solutions. $25,000 of this new investment comes from proceeds of Earth thanks to Dave Burd, also known as YouTube sensation Lil Dicky, who released the song in 2019 with all revenue going on to fund projects to help fight climate change.
The six Youth-Led Solution projects featured in the film span vermicomposting in Hawaii; inorganic waste management in Peru; training a new generation of eco-leaders in the Philippines and USA; reforesting in Kosovo; creating micro-green spaces in Palestine, and even using up-cycled waste to make climate art in Zambia.
Kerry Reilly, CEO of YMCA Scotland, said: “This investment is just one example of how YMCA as a global movement is deepening its commitment to youth-led global change, and how it enables young people to achieve their goals every single day.
“YMCA Scotland is extremely passionate about empowering young people to take climate action into their own hands, and so to host an event not only showcasing the inspiration of youth-led solutions to address global issues, but also a commitment to continue the funding that made it all possible really is an honour.”
Two years ago, YMCA launched the Youth-Led Solutions initiative to mentor, train, and support the development of young people’s solutions to issues of climate justice, employment, and mental health. In October 2020, it held its first Summit on climate action, subsequently funding 35 new youth-led initiatives around the world.