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. Every young person volunteering, fundraising, raising awareness and adding their voices in support of affordable housing, can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. The movement encourages youth 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.
In 2018, two key youth initiatives were unveiled with the launch of the multi-month Young Leaders Build campaign. These include the new Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build Leadership Academy and toolkit will 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 Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will also learn about the need for decent housing and identify specific community actions and projects that support their community.
More than 150 young people took part in the pilot training conducted in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore this year. The HYLB Leadership Academy is being rolled out in five countries and will be extended later to others. Youths will be equipped with leadership skills and opportunities to contribute and meaningfully support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The goal is to train 1 million youth across the Asia-Pacific region annually from 2022.
In addition, young individuals and youth groups are once again invited to apply for the advocacy grants that were first introduced in the 2016 HYLB campaign. The advocacy projects should focus on decent housing, slum upgrading, gender and property rights, disaster resilience, ir security of tenure. Grants of US$500 to US$1,000 each will be awarded for creativity, innovation and inclusiveness to effect change. Download the application form.
The 2018 Habitat Young Leaders Build will culminate on April 21 with thousands of young people taking part in simultaneous activities across the Asia-Pacific region. These include house building, school cleaning, fundraising events, and advocating for decent housing on social media.
The 2017 campaign saw a record 4.1 million supporters from 17 countries and one Special Administrative Region in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2012, over 8 million Habitat Young Leaders Build supporters have been mobilized, US$ 5.2 million funds raised and 25,635 families were supported in their journey to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.