August 12 | International Youth Day Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan
Share the importance of International Youth Day with your students. MY HERO's multimedia lesson plan inspires students to be partners in global change.
The theme for International Youth Day 2023 is “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World". Today, the world is embarking on a green transition. The shift towards an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly world is critical not only for responding to the global climate crisis but also for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A successful transition towards a greener world will depend on the development of green skills in the population. Green skills are “knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society”.
The following stories honor young heroes working to overcome the consequences of the climate change.
The following two films reflect on the effects of climate change.
1. Identify people and organizations who are working on transforming food systems to become more sustainable. Share their story with MY HERO using the Create Program.
2. What are some of the consequences of Climate Change?
3. What is being done to improve the status of climate change? What can you do?
Students watch the following films about young people making a positive difference in the world.
Inspire students to become partners in global change with the following discussion guide.
Mohamed Sidibay is a survivor of a horrific civil war in Sierra Leone, where he was forced to fight as a child soldier. Now he advocates for better access to education worldwide. (2:48 min)
He Named Me Malala is a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. (2:31 minutes)
Two girls go to Nepal to build a shelter that will collect fresh water and solar energy in hopes of solving community problems.
Learn about the Act4Food Act4Change campaign founded by Irish Youth Activist Sophie Healy-Thow amongst other young people aspiring for change in the food industry.
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy's Native Seed Farm plays an important role in protecting California's unique ecosystem.
Our world has a serious ocean plastics problem. There are now a higher number of plastics in the ocean than the number of fish.
The students at STEAM Academy discuss the benefits of electric cars. They send their teacher into time travel while giving information on their quest to change the future.
1. Both Mohamed Sidibay and Malala Yousafzai are advocates for children's equal rights to education. Who else is an advocate for children's rights to education? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
2. Mabon and his mum, Laura, take their time to methodically clean the beach and name and shame the brands that produce the single-use plastic in the first place. Why is single-use plastic bad for the environment? What can you do?
3. Youth activists are working to make positive changes in the food industry and protecting the environment. What did you learn from these films? What can you do to make a difference?
4. There are villages in Nepal that do not have access to clean water supplies. Where else in the world is access to clean water limited? What can be done?
5. What are the benefits to electric cars vs cars run on gasoline?
Students watch the films below about two young filmmakers who use their craft to shine a light on issues that are important to them: climate change, identity, and racism.
Students consider the discussion questions.
Emerging filmmaker Gabrielle Gorman's poetic filmmaking confronts issues like identity, racism and self-love. Her goal is to make art for social change.
1. What issues are important to you? What can you do? Create an action plan and share your story with MY HERO.
2. How can you express an issue that is important to you through film or song? Share your project with MY HERO.
1. How does Dorcas Lukwesa's Mobile Aquaponics promote food security under climate crisis and reduce poverty in Zambia?
2. What are some causes of hunger? What is being done to alleviate this problem?
Research Claudette Colvin and Samantha Smith: Why do you think Robert Shetterly chose to paint their portraits?
Additional Film Resource: MY HERO Suggested Video
MY HERO Suggested Video
"Isra Hirsi" (2019) by Brower Youth Awards
Isra Hirsi is a 16-year-old from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the US Youth Climate Strike, which focuses on fighting the climate crisis through climate strikes and climate policy.
Students will understand how they are not limited by age to make a positive difference.
Students will develop research and critical thinking skills as they evaluate children's access to education.
Students are encouraged to use multimedia to celebrate a personal hero.
The International Youth Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
MY HERO Calendars for use in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 7/8/2019 7:08:10 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 8/8/2023 10:25:40 AM by Laura Nietzer