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‘Harnessing Young People’s Power’ Youth Summit

We were delighted to co-host a Youth Summit with the National Youth Council of Ireland during One World Week 2020. It was a super opportunity for us to showcase how giving space and opportunity to young people is an important strategy to youth empowerment.

Patricia Gutteridge and Teagan Stanley talk about how their participation in the Senior Branch centenary trip to Sangam World Centre led to the development of our SDG12 Responsible Consumerism badge and Beth Moody and Emily Yule talk about all the amazing opportunities they have had with Irish Girl Guides, including taking part in the international Juliette Low Seminar where they developed their leadership skills and learned more about female empowerment.

Our International Commissioner Jenna Goodwin talks about how girls and young women develop advocacy skills through Guiding and her experience representing the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women where she spoke up about the importance of informal education, like Guiding.

And finally … award-winning foreign affairs correspondent and former IGG member Mary Fitzgerald shares how the skills she learned as a Guide – teamwork, collaboration and leading with confidence – have helped in her career. She also talks about the inspirational work she has seen Guides undertaking in Libya and other countries and how the media has a responsibility to hold the powerful to account.

One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education, critical engagement with issues, and action. During One World Week, young people learn about local, national, and global justice issues and take action to bring about change.