14 May 2024

Leading Minds Fellowship

The Leading Minds Fellowship is designed to foster and harness the power and potential of young leaders aged 15-25, to share their expertise to dismantle barriers to action in policy, programming, advocacy, and financing, and to unlock future breakthroughs. Leading Minds harnesses the insight, foresight, and energy of youth, combining it with the…, Partnering with the next generation of leaders, The Leading Minds Fellowship provides a unique platform for young leaders to shape the agenda of the Leading Minds Conference.  Through this fellowship, young leaders play a pivotal role in shaping both the Leading Minds Conference and engaging with UNICEF’s ongoing work on innovation, youth engagement, and child rights. They co-design and lead…, Results to date, In just a short time, the Fellows have made a powerful impact on UNICEF and the world:  Global reach: Our Innocenti global youth network has grown to over 5,000 members from 150 countries and continues to expand with the addition of young leaders from diverse backgrounds, generating collaboration, insights and innovation.   Shaping research:…, Programme details, Duration: A rigorous six-month programme with lectures, workshops and opportunities for continued engagement. Compensation: Fellows receive a stipend and a platform to showcase their initiatives and projects.  Eligibility: Open to young leaders aged 15-25 passionate about children’s rights and driving action for children and young people on key…, Apply now, Applications for the Leading Minds Fellowship are currently closed. Stay tuned for updates on future fellowship opportunities.
14 May 2024

Leading Minds 2024: Climate action

Leading Minds harnesses the insight, foresight, and energy of youth, combining it with the wisdom and experience of world leaders to reimagine global leadership. The Leading Minds Fellowship on Climate provides a unique platform for young leaders to shape the agenda of the Leading Minds Conference 2024, focused on Climate Breakthroughs.  Leading…, How is climate change creating new barriers to inclusion?  What are the systemic barriers to accelerating climate action?   Loss and damage caused by climate change is no longer just theoretical. The loss of land, livelihoods, cultural heritage or even lives is already happening. And despite being the least responsible for causing the climate…, Eco-literacy, climate education and green skilling, What are the barriers to accelerating and scaling climate education strategies and approaches that will move the needle in accelerating climate action? Or is another paradigm shift needed to address the challenges that we face today?    If children and young people are going to be prepared for climate shocks, contribute to building a world that is…, Equity in energy transition, What are the barriers hindering investment of the private sector in a people-centered, fair, equitable and just transition and how can these be overcome?    In the past decade, remarkable progress has been made in transitioning to renewable energy. But that transition is more often driven by short-term gains and corporate interests than it is the…, Climate justice, What are some of the systemic barriers that do not allow children and young people to demand climate justice?  What paradigm shift is needed in order for transformative change to happen in the climate justice space?   Children are uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. That’s one of the reasons that climate change is one of the…, Climate finance, What are the key systemic barriers in investing in climate action for children and how can they be overcome?  unep.org | Adaptation Gap Report 2023 According to the United Nations Environment Programme , the adaptation finance needs of developing countries are 10-18 times as big as international public finance flows – that’s over 50 per cent…, Governance, In what ways can the integration of youth perspectives enhance the responsiveness and effectiveness of governance models in addressing climate change and what are barriers that hindering this integration?  Young minds bring fresh perspectives, unbridled enthusiasm and a deep stake in the future, making their input crucial in crafting solutions…, U N I C E F I N N O C E N T I G L O B A L O F F I C E O F R E S E A R C H A N D F O R E S I G H T M AY 2 0 2 4 Emerging Horizons: Youth Insights on Climate Change and Breakthrough Solutions 2024 LEADING MINDS ON CLIMATE ACTION 1 Background Background Children and young people care deeply about the planet and creating a sustainable future. However…
13 May 2024

Youth Foresight Fellowship

In a rapidly changing world, foresight – the ability to think systematically about the future to inform decisions today – is crucial. At UNICEF, youth foresight means empowering children and young people to contribute their unique perspectives and experiences to shape a better future for us all. Our Youth Foresight Fellowship is at the forefront…, Empowering children and youth to shape the future, The Fellowship brings children and young people together with UNICEF to develop foresight skills, participate in global trends analysis, and lead their own projects, shaping a future where youth voices are heard, respected and influential. Fellows spend their time learning about foresight research, facilitation, project management and child rights…, Results to date, In just a short time, the Fellows have made a powerful impact on UNICEF and the world: Global reach: Our Innocenti global youth network has grown to over 5,000 members from 150 countries and continues to expand. Flagship reports: Young people’s insights have been included in key UNICEF reports like the Prospects for Children: Global Outlook Global…, Programme details, Duration: Six to 10 months. Compensation: Fellows receive a stipend and support for project implementation. Eligibility: Open to individuals aged 15-25 at the time of application. Foresight skills are preferable but not required., Apply now, Applications for the 2023 Fellowship are now closed. Stay tuned for updates on the 2024 Fellowship.
29 April 2024

Youth fellowships

How can we build a better world for young people? We can start by building a better world with young people.  Today, too few opportunities exist for young people to contribute to analyzing global trends and pioneering solutions to the challenges we all face. And, although we face all those challenges together, no one will feel their impact more…, Youth Foresight Fellowship, Empowering tomorrow’s leaders to forge a better future for every child A ten-month fellowship program for young foresight practitioners to influence UNICEF’s research agenda and strategies – advocating for youth inclusion in policy and decision-making globally and within their countries. In addition to pursuing their own projects, they contribute…,   2023 Youth Foresight Fellows, Abril Perazzini Abril Perazzini Argentina Aicha Robei Aicha Robei Algeria Fathmath Zahanath Zuhury Fathmath Zahanath Zuhury The Republic of Maldives Joshua K. Opey Joshua K. Opey Ghana Kate Seary Kate Seary United Kingdom Mamadou Doucoure Mamadou Doucoure Mali May Phyu Phyu Aung May Phyu Phyu Aung Myanmar Nahjae Nunes Nahjae Nunes United States of…, Previous Youth Foresight Fellows, 2022, Asra Memon, Pakistan Deona Julary, United States of America Fisayo Oyewale, Nigeria Ijun Kim, Republic of Korea Iman Bashir, Kenya Jacob Ellis, United Kingdom Joshua Steib, Germany Nourhan Badr El Din, Egypt Ricardo Pineda Guzmán, Honduras, Leading Minds Fellowship, Elevating the perspectives of youth to shift the status quo Leading Minds is a future-focused conference series and premier platform for global thought leadership, co-created and co-driven by young people. It aims to convene cutting-edge thinkers and leaders, including next generation advocates, so they can dive into urgent, world-changing issues…, 2024 Leading Minds Fellows on Climate, A six-month, part-time fellowship program designed to foster and harness the talents of young climate leaders. This fellowship will steer the agenda of UNICEF’s 2024 Leading Minds conference focused on climate breakthroughs. Alejandro Daly Alejandro Daly (Senior Fellow) Colombia/Venezuela Catarina Lorenzo Catarina Lorenzo Brazil Ema Meçaj Ema…
15 March 2024

Youth, Protests and the Polycrisis

Youth, Protests and the Polycrisis  delves into this transformative potential of youth protests, while cautioning about the risks. Although many analyses exist on specific youth protests, fewer studies have global coverage. This paper combines quantitative research on protests with qualitative insights, including from young people themselves, and…, Youth activism often stems from a perception of marginalization, with diverse political, environmental, economic and social issues triggering protests. Protests on global issues, such as against climate change or racism, including through transnational youth-led movements, have increased.  , Young people help to diversify protest tactics and bridge online and offline activism, Digital technologies and platforms have been increasingly used by youth, bringing innovation to protests, fostering inclusivity and lowering the costs of organizing movements, though not without risks. Online mobilization may aggravate digital divides, and is also subject to surveillance, harassment and repression.   , Youth participation can contribute to more peaceful and inclusive activism, but even non-violent action faces preemptive repression, Most protests involving youth are peaceful, contradicting a misperception that young people are violent and unruly. Additionally, protests with youth participation are more inclusive and larger. At the same time, governments are more prone to repress mass protests preemptively and violently when they involve youth. , Youth participation contributes to protest impact and social change, but this does not necessarily produce direct gains for young people, Young people’s participation in protests means less violent, larger, more inclusive and more innovative campaigns, and these elements contribute to higher impact. Mass protests where young people are on the front lines are more likely to be effective and to achieve positive outcomes in their aftermath. On the other hand, even when mass protests…, U N I C E F I N N O C E N T I G L O B A L O F F I C E O F R E S E A R C H A N D F O R E S I G H T M A R C H 2 0 2 4 Youth, Protests and the Polycrisis This document is interactive and designed for digital viewing. Please consider the environment and refrain from printing. ContentsSynopsis 3 Introduction 5 1. Emerging trends in youth protests…
15 June 2023

My (young) COVID life: Noé

Noé worked as an intern with the Social and Economic Policy Analysis team at the UNICEF Innocenti – Global Office of Research and Foresight between September 14th, 2022, and March 14th, 2023. Here they talk about their experience of COVID-19 as a young person navigating university life in the context of lockdown measures. I turned 21 in March 2020…,   Covid-19 and university studies , I found it difficult to physically separate my workspace and free time space and that made it challenging to detach from work at the end of the day I began the semester on campus and was working on my bachelor’s thesis when the first lockdown measures were announced. As the number of COVID-19 cases increased, I moved out of the university campus…,   Relationships with friends , The lockdown added some distance between my friends and me. We could not meet as easily and kept in touch via WhatsApp and other social media platforms. But it is not always easy to stay in touch with friends on WhatsApp as it is a very “static” activity. Our ability to participate in sports and cultural activities was limited and communicating…,   (Re)learning to live at home with my family , I spent most of the first lockdown with my family (that is January 2020 to June 2020), and it was a difficult adjustment. I was not used to sharing my living space anymore and had to adapt my rhythm and routines to my family’s. While it was nice to be able to spend more time together, there were also tensions between us. I think that we all…