Youth Impact! Forum
The Youth Impact Forum will be held at the United Nations in the Regus Board Room, 9th floor 750 3rd Avenue, NYC
September 26th – 28th, 2018
Registration for the workshop is $395 early bird; after June 1, $450.
How do we prepare adolescents for the times in which they live, the justice they seek and the world they will inherit?
It begins with the Youth Impact Forum Teacher’s Workshop and culminates with students presenting their projects to potential partners, investors, mentors and members of the United Nations community at the YIF Project Showcase. This is the next step after Model UN, moving from Simulation to Implementation as Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs demonstrating adolescents as agents of social and environmental change. Montessori wrote “what interests the adolescent now is the “mission of humankind.”
YIF Teacher’s Workshop is the first step that culminates with students presenting their projects to potential partners, investors, mentors and members of the United Nations community at the YIF Project Showcase international event in New York City where adolescents will showcase their projects for social and environmental change.
Goal of Youth Impact Forum
The goal of the Youth Impact Forum (YIF) is to activate the leadership potential of adolescents by educating and then engaging them in purposeful and cross-cultural projects that are designed to support the Sustainable Development Goals. As Montessori wrote,” This is the “sensitive period” when they should develop the most noble characteristics that would prepare a man to be social, that is to say, have a sense of justice and a sense of personal dignity.”
Aligning the YIF to the SDGs connects the program with the United Nations and provides a choice of universal pathways and resources to create a better world. The United Nations has included the world’s youth as a primary stakeholder to help governments and civil society achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by the end of 2030, and YIF supports that mandate.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
According to the United Nations Development Program, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
There are 17 interconnected goals – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. (http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html)
The Global Goals for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realize Human Rights for all, create sustainable infrastructure, achieve gender equality through the empowerment of women of all ages, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. Certainly, all of your students can find a project to support these goals as they touch on all aspects of our current crises.
Mission of Youth Impact Forum
To inspire youth leaders to develop sustainable environmental and social action plans that are dedicated to improving their community, locally, regionally or globally for the benefit of their and future generations. The YIF mission aligns with the new Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.
Purpose of Youth Impact Forum
The purpose of the YIF program is to provide adolescents with the tools to help their voices be heard, to help them effectively harness their energy and develop resources through the YIF conference program and ongoing mentorship. The goal is to foster the development of Social and Environmental Young Leaders who will be the agents of social change.
The YIF Program, initiated by teachers, is an immersive experience for students 13-18 years of age who will work together to develop action plans to construct a more sustainable world, which they will present at the YIF Project Showcase. MMUN has already successfully conducted two YIF events, one in NYC and one in Prague.
- YIF Teacher Workshop – September 26th-28th, 2018 in NYC
There are four stages in the development of civic engagement: Awareness, Understanding, Responsibility and Action.
At the YIF Teacher Workshop, we will first raise awareness about the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and then provide project development activities to enable you to unleash the potential of their students.
During the 2.5-day Teacher Workshop, you will learn how to engage students to identify a problem that deeply concerns them and will be provided with the tools to fully implement their projects:
- How to build teams and networks to tackle specific social issues
- How to write SMART Goals and apply them to their projects
- How to create a business plan
- How to create a budget and “business pitch” for their projects
- How to utilize social media for marketing and fundraising
- How to put it all together as an Implementation Plan to be presented at the Youth Impact! Forum
You will be briefed by UN experts on the SDGs
- YIF Project Showcase- February 13th-14th, 2018 New York City
The culminating event will take place at the MMUN Conference where students will link their projects to potential investors, NGOs and Foundations for seed funding or partnerships. During the two-day event, students will refine their projects and presentation skills with the help of successful young social entrepreneurs as they prepare to showcase their projects.
- YIF Mentor Program
Once the students have completed the Implementation Plan, they can ask to be matched with mentors, who will work with them on a scheduled basis and via email during the initial implementation period of their plan, estimated to be 4-6 months following the Summit.
Professionals in international relations, the UN system and project management have already agreed to act as mentors. The professional mentors come from UN Women, UNDP, Columbia University’s SIPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, Price Cooper Waterhouse among others.
Building an International Youth Movement
The impact of YIF will be viewed as a youth movement inspired by students all over the world.
The students will have access to a growing network of young social makers of change, connecting them with peer to peer resources that continue to inspire them long after the event is complete. The networking aspect of the YIF is through our SDG Bridge App which will provide access to project support tools, peers and potential mentors, partners and investors.
Montessori, “…in the minds of these boys and girls there lies all our hope of future progress and the judgement of ourselves and our times.”