April 2010
Partners, Supporters & Friends Newsletter

Did you know? 2010 is designated as the International Year of Youth by the United Nations, and also marks a milestone 10th anniversary for the TIG community. Enjoy these updates on our latest progress!

- Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk, Co-founders, TakingITGlobal

   Youth for Change Launch

Twenty-seven winners from 12 countries, including four from last year were selected for the second phase of the Youth for Change mini grants program. Winners attended the 5th Arab Youth Forum held late February in Alexandria, Egypt and forged lasting relationships during an intense program that encouraged dreaming, dialogue and celebration of individual talents and abilities.

TakingITGlobal partnered with Bibliotheca Alexandrina in March 2008 to start Youth for Change, a youth led program that would give Arab youth a voice. Program members are eligible to win mini grants and scholarships for local projects and are given opportunities to represent their projects and communities at two international conferences, the World Youth Congress and the Arab Youth Forum.

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Shaping our world in 2010

In January and February, TakingITGlobal Co-founder and Executive Director Jennifer Corriero attended three conferences engaging youth as direct participants in shaping our world with world decision makers. At the World Youth Meeting in Bari, Italy she presented on participation and citizenship and guided youth leaders looking for direction. Read more about her experience at this conference and the two other conferences she attended, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and One Young World in London.

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Member Story: Lana Meiqari

Lana Meiqari is a member of TakingITGlobal and a recent graduate of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS Political Advocacy e-course. She is 26 years old and lives in Damascus, Syria and is currently earning her Masters in Public Health from Damascus University. Lana has been working in campaigns on HIV/AIDS since 2003. In this interview Lana shares how taking the Political Advocacy e-course prepared and inspired her for her new volunteer position.

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Tread Lightly Program helps students reduce their footprint

The Staples Foundation for Learning partnered with TakingITGlobal to develop a Climate Change education and engagement initiative centered around the concept of ecological footprints - a measure of the pressure that human beings place on the planet. The initial delivery, in the fall of 2009, ran in parallel with the lead-up to the fifteenth UN Climate Change Conference (COP15), held in Copenhagen in December. The Tread Lightly project included the development of an interdisciplinary secondary school curriculum, a 40-day ecological footprint challenge, and the Imprints art contest.

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TIG Launches Online Volunteering Guide & Portal

Online volunteering has never been easier - thanks to the release of the new TakingITGlobal action guide on online volunteering. The release of Connect, Contribute, Collaborate, Change: Online Volunteering in Action coincides with the launch of our online volunteering portal. The guide is available for download on the TIG website.

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Until next time...

We hope you enjoyed this edition of the TIGlink newsletter. Each edition contains updates on our exciting projects, stories from TIG youth around the world on how they're improving their communities, and features on our partnerships with you.

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The TakingITGlobal Team