Hong Kong volunteers at launch of Habitat Young Leaders Build 2020

Habitat Young Leaders Build

Launched in 2012, Habitat for Humanity’s Young Leaders Build is the largest youth movement in the Asia-Pacific region. The annual campaign brings together youth from across the region to support families in need of safe, affordable housing.

The campaign motivates young people to take the lead in building homes, raising awareness online through their social networks, and advocating for sustainable cities and communities.

Habitat Young Leaders Build is launched every year on December 5, which also marks International Volunteer Day. Typically, the multi-month campaign peaks in April  with young people taking part in simultaneous volunteer activities — such as house builds, water, sanitation and hygiene projects, and awareness-raising sessions — across Asia-Pacific. Many also support the campaign online.

Youth supporters have been engaged through more than a dozen Habitat national organizations in  Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

In support of Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, young leaders:

  • raise their voice offline and online by sharing about the need for safe and affordable housing in Asia-Pacific.
  • join the HYLB community online: https://bit.ly/HabitatYLB
  • organize creative fundraising activities that help future Habitat homeowners build sustainable homes and communities.
  • volunteer with Habitat to engage other young leaders in bringing attention to the systematic causes of the housing crisis.
  • partner with their friends and other youth organizations to strengthen young people’s voices on housing issues.
Habitat Young Leaders Build 2021 and decade-long achievements graphic

Graphics showing what the campaign has achieved in 2021 (top) and over a decade (bottom).

Marking a decade of youth engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, the 2021 campaign reflected the realities of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite limited in-person volunteering activities for safety reasons, young people remained active online, raising funds and educating others on the link between housing and health, as well as inspiring their communities.

More than 21,000 people from nine countries and one Special Administrative Region supported the 2021 campaign in the Asia-Pacific region. In the decade since Habitat Young Leaders Build began, over 17 million supporters have raised US$9.2 million, enabling more than 33,300 families to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

In December 2021, young leaders launched the 2022 campaign with the #VolunteeringisViral Challenge, a social media-based activity that aimed to highlight the power of volunteering to inspire action for good. Working primarily with Habitat offices in the areas where they are based, supporters are expected to amplify the need for adequate housing given the extent of the housing crisis especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, they will be introduced to Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming global advocacy campaign for equitable access to housing in informal settlements and help raise funds in support of various Habitat programs.

Join the Habitat Young Leaders Build community on Facebook bit.ly/HabitatYLB. Post on social media with the hashtag #HabitatYLB. Follow on Instagram @HabitatYLB.

Marking a decade

April 24, 2021

Youth-led campaign peaks with virtual conference supporting Habitat’s COVID-19 response.

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Search is on!

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Leading role

The Habitat Young Leaders Build’s Leadership Academy and toolkit equip young people with self-leadership skills and enable them to better lead others.

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#HabitatYLB turns 8

April 13, 2019

In its eighth year, the Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign continues to transform lives and communities through thousands of youth supporters.

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Movers and shakers in Nepal 

April 24, 2019

Nepali youth make their mark in Habitat’s post-earthquake response and advocacy efforts. They are among thousands of young people who are changing lives and building communities through the Habitat Young Leaders Build.

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Portrait of a transformed community

April 30, 2019

In the Philippines, a local youth organization uses art to tell the story of a community’s transformation. Their effort is part of an advocacy grant under the Habitat Young Leaders Build, now in its eighth year.

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