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Get Involved on International Youth Day

August 12th is Your Day and 2010 is Your Year! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show the world the impact can have on international issues like world hunger.

International Youth Day is Celebrated Every Year on August 12

In support of the 11th Annual International Youth Day, the UN World Food Programme encourages youth to take action and participate on August 12, 2010. As of now, you have two weeks to start thinking of ways to increase awareness on important issues and educate others on the power of youth. The official event will kickoff at the UN headquarters in New York and will include workshops and contests meant to encourage a unity among the young international community and address issues like world peace and human rights. This year's theme is ''Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,'' which was implemented to stimulate dialogue between youth of different cultures and among different generations.

2010 Marks the International Year of Youth

On December 18, 2009, the United Nations declared 2010 a year dedicated to promoting youth participation in the global arena. This year, the UN General Assembly is calling on international governments, organizations, and agencies around the world to partner with young minds and give them the opportunity to contribute to society. The key objectives for the year are increased commitment and investment in youth, increased youth participation and partnerships, and increased intercultural understanding among youth.

WFP believes that young people have the capacity to influence society for the better. In the recent past, young leaders from around the world have dedicated themselves in their own unique way to the eradication of world hunger.

A seventh grade class from Bangkok Thailand raised awareness by blogging about world hunger.

The efforts of AP Wagner High School from Canada to raise over USD $70,000 can be seen in the a video and an article on the WFP website.

Youth Ki Awaaz has actively blogged and campaigned to raise awareness about world hunger.

Twelve-year old Adora Svitak expressed her own ideas on hunger-related issues and her plans to help.

Young, aspiring film-makers employed creativity and innovation to create buzz among their peers in a short-film competition called Hunger Bytes

University students from Kingston raised over £3,000 for Haiti, and created this must-see video to inspire others to do the same.

Stay tuned for updates and more ways to get involved!