Global Webinar on Youth Engagement and Leadership in COVID-19 response



Young people and youth-led organizations have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response supporting and empowering their peers, and advocating for including their voices in the strategies, policies, and plans to face the pandemic. As an acknowledgement, the Collective Service’s Youth Engagement subgroup – YES! called on Youth-led organizations to share their outstanding interventions, experiences, and learning in Youth Engagement and Youth Leadership on COVID-19 response.

The open call led by UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Collective Helpdesk, with the support of UN Women and the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, received 81 submissions with inspiring experiences from across the globe.

The Global Webinar on Youth Engagement and Leadership in COVID-19 response will showcase the seven best-rated practices by a diverse range of partners on the ground, selected according to the criteria pre-established in the Call for Submissions.

Date: 29 November 2022.
Time: 2:00-3.30 pm (GVA time)

Meeting ID: 966 6260 9792
Passcode: 100158

Winning Experiences

1.Youth-Led Risk Communication and Isolated Community Mobilization Against COVID-19
Micronesian Red Cross Society (MRCS) and UNICEF Pacific, Federated States of Micronesia
Marson Rosario,Social and Behavioural Change (SBC) Officer UNICEF Pacific

2.Youth-Led Risk Communication and Outreach for Rural Communities
Young Urban Women’s Movement (YUWM), Ghana
Dorcas Zoogah, Chairperson, ActionAid/ YUWM Ghana

3.Youth Leadership Skills and Economic Empowerment Amidst the COVID Crisis
Dar Abu Abdallah (DAA) and UNICEF Jordan
Zaid Qardan, Director of Programmes, Dar Abu Abdallah (DAA)  

4.Young Women Raise Awareness and Generate Income in Combating COVID-19
BINDU Women Development, Bangladesh & UN WOMEN Bangladesh
Dilruba Haider, Programme Specialist, UN WOMEN Bangladesh

5.Youth-Led Research on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Marginalized Youth
Asia South-Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Priyanka Pal, Youth Coordinator, ASPBAE

6.’Day in the Life’ Video Series of Young People During the Pandemic 
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN)
Rana Ebrahimi, National Director, MYAN 

 7. Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Leading to Outreach for COVID-19 Awareness
UNICEF, Guinea-Bissau & Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
Speaker TBD, position

Expected outcomes

The inclusion of young people within global, regional, and local community engagement through youth-led organizations has been key throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

This global webinar showcasing good practices will allow linkages between organizations working with young people, as well as strengthen the inclusion of a youth lens in other areas of work within the Collective Service’s Subgroups.

The documentation of the submissions from organizations working at the country and sub-national level will feed into the efforts of YES! aimed at analyzing, and promoting good practices in youth engagement and youth leadership across countries and regions. 

By promoting these good practices, YES! will also further its efforts on advocating for the inclusion of young people and youth leadership as a part of coordination and response to future public health emergencies and humanitarian crises.


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Humberto Jaime

Tereza Neuwirth

About YES!

The Youth Engagement Working Group was created to enable collaboration and support a wide range of organizations with the development and rolling out of risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) specific interventions and strategies relevant to young people’s contexts and realities. The group is part of the RCCE Collective Service.