COVID STORIES

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and its development into a global pandemic, we are implementing measures to safeguard our community as well as maintain our community activities to the extent that innovation and technology allows. In line with this, the Youth Observatory is collating stories of what youths around the world are seeing in terms of Internet use and access during the Coronavirus pandemic, how you are navigating the times and recommendations. We invite you to share your story:
Here’s the link :


https://bit.ly/YouthObsCovidStories

Creating Networks: Localising Youth Initiatives

The Youth Observatory (also called “Youth SIG”) has been always creating new ways to engage young individuals across the globe, after our internalization process, while using different platforms to encourage youth to give their valuable inputs on how to engage their communities, as well as fostering the creation and thrive of young initiatives, eager to create a better Internet for everyone.

Our experience around the years has shown us there are many young leaders working around the world in amazing initiatives, starting from teaching girls how to code; provide STEM solutions to rural communities; till creating local initiatives to foster the inclusion of local languages in Internet; among many other topics. Their voices are a part of the Internet Governance picture, and their roles as changemakers in their countries are a big part of all the benefits Internet can bring to our daily lives.

The Creating Networks project is an initiative funded by the Internet Society Beyond The Net fund, where we created a map of youth initiatives and organizations that involve young people, informatics and telecommuniciations. In adittion to the Creating Networks Map, we designed a competition of youth-led projects that will be formed by the participants of the competition. In this competition, we will bring them capacity building tools (webinars, project management tools) in the thematic areas we are going to address, such as digital inclusion, gender inclusion and infrastructure matters.

This initiative was created thanks to participants Juliana Novaes, Carlos Rubí, Ángel David Santiago, Eduardo Tome, Giovanna Michelato, Guilherme Alves, Isabela Inês, Jhon Caballero, Paula Côrte Real, Juan Pablo González, Augusto Luciano Mathurin, Renata Ribeiro.

This initiative was also shared at the Internet Society’s website here


You can watch some of the videos shared by the Creating Networks participants, talking about their youth initiatives here: