MY COVID-19 STORY: launch of a youth storytelling campaign

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Sharing is caring… and there is no better time to share inspiration, ideas, and stories than now! The MY COVID-19 STORY #YouthOfUNESCO campaign is a UNESCO initiative that gives the floor to young people to inspire the world during this challenging COVID-19 context.  

Many young people are day-in-day-out proving to be key actors when it comes to finding solutions to global problems – from the fight against discrimination and climate change, to gender equality and many other issues. Today, during this unprecedented health crisis, youth are once again on the front line, particularly when it comes to inventing new forms of solidarity.

This storytelling initiative is part of UNESCO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is meant to put the spotlight on young people – how they feel, how they act, how they thrive during these challenging times. Over the past weeks, maybe months, young women and men have been taking action and developing many creative ideas to face these challenging times, whether by helping their community, finding innovative learning ways, keeping a positive spirit, taking care of their relatives and loved ones, and much more.

My COVID-19 Story is an open invitation to all young people to share their stories by means of written testimonials or the recording of their own video.

To amplify their voices further, UNESCO invites young people to share their stories through its social media channels, its website, its Field Offices and its networks all over the world.

The written and video testimonies collected will also contribute to the "Youth as Researchers - COVID-19" project, which will collect and consolidate knowledge and data on, by and with young people around a series of key issues related to the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. inequality and discrimination). The project will examine the impact of the crisis on young people (especially young women - out of school or unemployed because of the crisis), and how they affect or trigger resilience. The project - developed in collaboration with UNESCO Chairs (National University of Galway (Ireland) and Penn State University (United States of America)) - will provide a basis for skills development and virtual mobilization of young people for the collection and analysis of data.