International Youth Day | August 12

Take part in International Youth Day with MY HERO's multimedia showcase celebrating youth ages 15-24 as partners in change as well as raising awareness of their challenges.

The theme for International Youth Day 2021 is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, with the aim of highlighting that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people..


Teachers: Share the importance of International Youth Day with your students. Use the International Youth Day Multimedia Lesson Plan in the classroom. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.


Feed the Future

Natalie Wylie
This film illustrates the environmental effects of meat consumption.

Planting to Protect

Gavin Nguyen, Mason Li, Angela Kim, and Angelica Chi
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy's Native Seed Farm plays an important role in protecting California's unique ecosystem.

MY HERO Suggested Video

"Athletic, Concerned College Students Deliver 626,000+ lbs of Produce to Food Banks in Need" (2020) by The Farm Link Project

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Off the Grid: A Climate Solution

Produced by:Slater Jewell-Kemker
Two girls go to Nepal to build a shelter that will collect fresh water and solar energy in hopes of solving community problems.

Slater Unstoppable

Producer: MY HERO

Director Slater Jewell-Kemker shares her journey with MY HERO.

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.

Words Have Power

Produced by:Lynne Cherry
10-year-old Jaysa rallies the community with her speeches about how the power plant causes asthma and “so much suffering.” When they succeed in shutting down the plant, Jaysa concludes that “words have power.”

Mohamed Sidibay: Teaching Peace

Produced by:The MY HERO Project
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.

Interview with Youth Activist Sophie Healy-Thow

Kitty Richardson

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.


Greta Thunberg

By: MY HERO Staff
On the first day, Greta Thunberg, a climate activist with Asperger's, protested outside of Swedish Parliament alone. Now, she's leading 1.5 million students globally.

Malala Yousafzai

By: Anne Flythe
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for girls' education and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Global Youth Climate Movement

By: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Slater Jewell-Kemker interviews inspiring young activists from the Global Youth Climate Movement and US Youth for Sustainable Development.


Malala by Sophie Schaefer, Boys & Girls Club, LB

By: Sophia Schaefer
Malala, Advocate for Global Girls Education

Emma Gonzalez by Madeline Chu. Boys&Girls Club, LB

By: Madeline Chu
Emma Gonzalez- Spokesperson for March For Our Lives

Greta Thunberg Collage

By: Amaya Holland
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who is internationally known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation.


Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action against climate change.

Call to Action

Check out the following ways to get involved!

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Our Curators


Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Giselle Villatoro. 


Short films curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette


Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editor and Story Director Shannon Luders-Manuel. 

Organizer created on 8/9/2018 1:06:40 PM by Staff

Last edited 8/12/2021 4:06:59 PM by Kitty Richardson