For Immediate Release
March 1, 2018 – Washington – Global Fund for Children announced today its Voice of Youth campaign, a yearlong initiative that highlights the challenges young people face and affirms their right to influence the programs and policies that impact their lives.
Through initiatives in the UK, US, India, and Hong Kong, the campaign aims to raise £1 million ($1.4 million) to support innovative grassroots organizations that strengthen children and youth who are facing poverty and injustice and who lack access to the resources to help them reach their full potential.
“We believe the only way to create a more just society is in partnership with young people—they have the right to be heard, to shape their own futures, and to lead lives of dignity and opportunity,” said Nicky Wynne, Managing Director of Global Fund for Children UK Trust. “This campaign calls on our global community to listen to young people, to become aware of the challenges they face in today’s society, and to take a stand to support life-changing programs that affirm their right to live to their full potential.”
“Global Fund for Children is committed to being led by the voices of the youth we serve. Through this campaign, we will highlight how listening to the voices of those we and our grassroots partners intend to help informs our work and guides our strategy,” said John Hecklinger, President and CEO of Global Fund for Children.
Campaign events include an exclusive celebration on April 24, 2018, at London’s Saatchi Gallery, where guests will enter a universe of enticing visuals, steampunk entertainment, international street dancing, and music from global star DJ Plaid. The event is designed to inspire a select audience of influencers to each commit to raising £10,000 or more for GFC.
On April 26, Global Fund for Children and GlobalGiving will convene a panel of youth in London, joined by experts working directly with young people, to discuss the challenges youth face on a global scale and to identify potential strategies to directly engage youth in shaping their futures. This is the first in a series of panels that will take place around the world.
Global Fund for Children has also committed to creating its first Youth Leadership Council to help shape GFC’s work to improve the lives of children and youth worldwide. GFC is partnering with GlobalGiving to raise £10,000 ($14,000) to establish the panel and fund its inaugural activities.
For more information about the campaign and sponsorship opportunities, contact Nicky Wynne at [email protected].
About Global Fund for Children
Global Fund for Children partners to build a world where all children and youth enjoy equal resources and opportunities in society and live free from violence, discrimination, and exploitation. To that end, GFC invests in innovative grassroots organizations, helping them deepen their impact and build their capacity for social change. Together, GFC and its grassroots partners advance the rights of children and youth facing poverty and injustice, and equip them with the tools and skills to reach their full potential. Since 1997, Global Fund for Children has invested nearly $40 million in more than 600 grassroots organizations, reaching more than 10 million children and youth worldwide. For more information, visit www.globalfundforchildren.org.
Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.
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