The COVID-19 pandemic has the capacity to affect every person in the world—and how each individual responds can potentially affect everyone else. Young people are demonstrating their continued leadership in their communities and countries in terms of volunteering support through digital media or as front line workers
At Restless Development we are redirecting almost all of our resources, efforts & networks to this fight. We, as youth know that we can play our part to help build the greatest global movement of collective action in history. A movement with people staying home, caring for each other like never before, fighting fake news, fighting stigma, dispelling myths, using technology to spread key messages, helping their governments and their healthcare workers in delivering their best.
Youth-led organisations such as #ProjectStepOne and other such movements are acting on an unprecedented scale to respond to COVID-19 in their communities. We are supporting these organisations with access to funding, training, resources, the capabilities of such projects include the opportunity to diagnose through teleconsultation, to observe the progression of the illness in their geolocation, and to know about the steps that patients should take to safeguard themselves. Some apps also allow users to offer assistance with services, e-learning or telecommunication solutions, connecting them to other youth organisations. Working with young people to build resilience and support the recovery of their communities through real time insights into the most harmful implications of the virus. Supporting people to overcome challenges for their livelihood, education and the prospect of poverty, and to counter violence in communities. Supporting young people to keep solving the biggest issues of our day, from climate change, to youth employment, to gender equality, many of which will be made worse by COVID-19.
Let’s use #YouthPower to fight the virus, look after yourself and keep making positive changes.