Meet GENERATION FUTURE
A mentorship programme in celebration of World Children’s Day
WHAT IS GENERATION FUTURE?
UNICEF's Generation Future is the launchpad where young Cambodians with big ideas for change transform their potential into action and achievement. The young people of Generation Future receive one-on-one guidance from accomplished mentors and seed funding, as well as tailored training from UNICEF Cambodia and partners on topics that provide them with new skills to scale up their projects and make a real impact in their communities.
On November 18, 2022, Generation Future was at the heart of UNICEF Cambodia’s celebration of World Children’s Day, UNICEF’s day of action for children, by children. The youth of Generation Future led the way by showcasing their social change projects in front of an audience of Government Ministers, Ambassadors, development partners, private sector representatives, and enthusiastic children and young people. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many guests pledging to actively support Generation Future projects into 2023.
MAKING AN IMPACT ACROSS CAMBODIA
Just seven months after this year’s Generation Future candidates were selected and their projects began receiving UNICEF support, they are already making an enormous impact across Cambodia. More than 2,000 people have been directly engaged in projects, including children and young people who volunteered or participated in workshops. Tens of thousands more have become supporters on social media… and this is only the beginning.
More events, collaborations and partnerships are planned for the coming months in order to amplify the impact of the Generation Future projects and ensure they reach as many people as possible. UNICEF will continue to work with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to reach school children, such as through the Ministry’s Local Life Skills Programme. UNICEF is also working with the private sector to develop events that engage the wider public and create new opportunities for thousands of young people to develop their skills and improve their employment opportunities.
This year’s Generation Future projects were led by young Cambodians from across the country, aged between 16 and 24. The below video shows the impact of six projects which focused on important issues such as early education, environmental conservation and youth employability. Other challenges tackled by Generation Future projects include mental health, digital literacy, childhood nutrition, and climate change.
And now, let us introduce you to the mentees
And our mentors
With thanks to our donors, partners, and the ongoing support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).