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A Message from Dawn... On Climate Action and Youth During Earth Day 2021
The impact of climate change in youth development can be easily overlooked, when in fact climate change represents a major threat to the health and socio-economic stability of youth around the world. This is especially true in developing countries where 80% of the world’s young people reside and the World Federation of Youth Clubs has a significant presence. I am struck by this alarming statistic as Earth Day 2021 launched last week with a series of activities and commitments made around the globe.

Late last year, back-to-back Hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated regions of Central America. The WFYC Affiliate Club in Colombia experienced structural damage and is now faced with serving fewer young people while making repairs to its building. Our Affiliates in Panama, Honduras, and Guatemala also assisted displaced families and mobilized Club staff to distribute relief supplies to their communities. These are just a few examples from Affiliates, and an indicator of how climate change can be a destabilizing force that disproportionately affects youth.

 

Are we missing an opportunity for additional support? The key to grabbing the attention of funders is demonstrating proximity to a social issue(s) and your organization’s ability to create positive outcomes, both in the immediate and long-term. For example, the United Nations Development Programme announced the next phase of its Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme where $128 million has been allocated to focus on indigenous peoples, youth, women, and persons with disabilities, and effectively address current global environmental challenges. Click here to learn more. 

 

Climate Action Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 is considered the biggest global threat to development in the world, impacting Poverty (SDG 1), Hunger (SDG 2), Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3), and Education (SDG 4). Young people understand climate impacts and want to be agents of their own change. Many do not think sufficient steps are being taken by governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to address the issue and are willing to take action themselves.

 

Take a moment to consider how your work with youth is connected to climate action and if you might be overlooking available sources of support.   

WFYC Director of Strategic Advancement
Affiliate Showcase

Club de Niños y Niñas de El Cerrito is one of Guatemala’s newest Clubs located in the Mixco Community, in the City of Guatemala. This area is a Red Zone with high levels of gang- and drug-related violence.

 

With the community already struggling prior to the pandemic, opening the club at this time has been a great opportunity for families that have been hit hard by the

current situation. Clubs de Niños y Niñas de Centro America focuses its efforts on providing food for the club families and a safe space for young people. With a emphasis on English and Art programs, the Club and its four staff members and volunteers follow a very strict safety protocol and schedule a rotation of groups of 12 children at a time.

 

For the Club to open in a Red Zone during the pandemic, the organization had to work hard to establish trust and support within the local community. And they have already seen a positive impact as the number of club children continues to grow. Congratulations to Club de Niños y Niñas de El Cerrito for building community trust and quickly becoming a positive place for kids!

Tips and Tools

What's Your "End Game"?

Tips on Investing in Club Sustainability

From Glenn Permuy, CEO

 

As leaders in your organization, it is important to think about your investments into both youth and staff members. To ensure success with your programs and retain quality staff, it is important to invest in their futures within your organization. Here are a few of my recommendations for how to retain youth and staff members:

  1. Identify and invest in youth with the potential to run your clubs or organization one day. Showing kids that they can help others in their community and aim to be leaders of organizations is a powerful message.
  2. Consider ways to develop scholarship funds for youth that may want to work at your club one day. Developing their interest in the club and offering incentives to be involved is a great way to cultivate future leaders.
  3. Have annual staff performance reviews that include candid feedback and plans for professional development for you and your staff. This can help create a culture of open conversation and help employees gain the skills they need.
  4. Seek feedback from all areas of your organization (staff, volunteers, board members, community partners, and even parents of youth in your organization) and then act on that feedback. This way you can increase what’s positive and develop a plan to address areas that need some work.
  5. Invest in your staff by working with each staff member to create an individualized plan for their continued professional development. This helps attract and retain quality employees who know you are invested in them. There are lots of options for online training these days!
  6. Be sure you meet with all new employees even if they do not report directly to you. You can inspire them by sharing what the organization means to you and set the expectation for all employees to embrace and share the values of the organization each day.

If you would like to further explore one or more of these recommendations, please contact the WFYC staff. We would be glad to share our personal experiences in these areas as well as answer any questions you might have.

Programs and Events
 
UPCOMING - April Webcast
 
Thursday at 11:00 AM EDT!
 

Join WFYC for a presentation by Jeff Jones on the importance of impact measurement and creating the right metrics to monitor important outcomes. We will discuss the 5 impact data categories that apply to all social impact programs and provide tips on how to get started.

 

Click Here to Register to Attend

NOW OPEN - Promise Award Applications
 

We are excited to launch this new program honoring our Affiliate Members and the youth they serve! The Promise Awards will honor youth development professionals and organizations, highlight best practices in youth development around the globe, and share stories of the creativity, courage, and resiliency of youth. Applications are due by May 31. 

 

Click Here to Learn More & Apply

UPCOMING - Promise Award Information Sessions
 

Do you have questions about the Promise Awards process? Join WFYC staff at an upcoming information session. We will review the award process and answer your questions. See registration information below for the May 7 and May 13 sessions. 

Collaborator Resources
Are your youth interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities and ocean conservation? Welcome our new Collaborator for Good, the Sea Research Foundation! Focused on conservation, education, research, and
youth development, Sea Research Foundation (SRF) is a recognized leader in providing mentoring and academic enrichment to underserved youth. Over the past decade, SRF has partnered with more than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, schools, and other youth-serving organizations to implement STEM programs. These programs not only build STEM skills in youth but also foster conservation-minded citizens of the future. Visit STEM Links for Kids to access a great library of STEM videos, games, e-books, virtual field trips, hands-on activities, and more. And to take advantage of SRF’s Virtual Conservation Education Programs, visit Mystic Aquarium.
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