The Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build brings together youth from across the Asia-Pacific region to support people and families in need of decent housing. The multi-month movement encourages young people to take the lead and motivate their peers to build homes and communities, on a Habitat build site and/or online through their social networks.
Youth support underpinned Habitat's work in 2018 when we celebrated 35 years of partnering with Asia-Pacific families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through housing.
The eighth annual Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign was launched on International Volunteer Day, December 5, 2018. Young leaders in the region were invited to PLAY, LEAD and SHARE with other youth in Asia-Pacific to help people create better lives for themselves and their families through safe, affordable housing.
The campaign continued to build on key youth initiatives such as the advocacy grants, the Habitat Young Leaders Build's Leadership Academy, and the Asia and Pacific Builds.
On World Habitat Day, October 1, 2018, youth organizations and individuals were invited to submit proposals for the 2019 HYLB advocacy grants. Winning proposals each received up to US$1,000 funding to help kickstart the implementation of youth-led advocacy projects that focused on decent housing, slum upgrading, gender and property rights, disaster resilience, or security of tenure. Download the application form.
Meanwhile, the Habitat Young Leaders Build's Leadership Academy and toolkit equip young people with self-leadership skills and enable them to better lead others. Developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, the 10-module training includes two modules on sustainable communities as an introduction to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Participants also learn about the need for decent housing, and identify specific community actions and projects that support their community.
Since the Leadership Academy's launch in December 2017, more than 2,200 young people have been certified as volunteer trainers in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines. Bangladesh will be offering the training program in the coming months.
Trained youth leaders have implemented about 20 community projects including proper waste disposal, health and hygiene promotion, library set-up, environmental sanitation, riverbank cleaning-up, fundraising, among others.
In March 2019, campus chapter members from Japan worked alongside future homeowners at the Asia Build in Myanmar and the Pacific Build in Fiji respectively. This was the second time that the special builds were organized as part of the campaign.
The eighth Habitat Young Leaders Build culminated in April 2019 with thousands of young people taking part in simultaneous activities across the Asia-Pacific region. These included house construction, school cleaning, fundraising events, and advocating for decent housing on social media.
The 2018 campaign saw a record 4.3 million supporters from 17 countries and one Special Administrative Region in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2012, over 12.4 million Habitat Young Leaders Build supporters have raised US$6.5 million in funds to help build houses and supported close to 29,000 families to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.
Join the Habitat Young Leaders Build community on Facebook bit.ly/HabitatYLB. Post on social media with the hashtag #HabitatYLB. Follow on Instagram @HabitatYLB.