The International Youth Forum (IYF) will be held in Bali for six days, from 9-14 October 2016, parallel and in conjunction with the World Culture Forum (WCF). IYF invites the participation of youths from around the world, with a particular emphasis on independent thinking and social transformation, to represent the youth voice in an effort to mainstream culture into the agenda of development. The main theme of IYF, “Youth Culture for Social Transformation and Equality” is directly correlated to the WCF theme, “Culture for an Inclusive Sustainable Planet”.
Through a series of activities, youths are expected to build an awareness of the importance of a cultural perspective in perceiving social, economic and political issues globally and locally. Establishing this awareness in youth will create opportunities for social change in today’s digital age, create an understanding of the global social-economic disparity, and encourage them to get involved actively in building a better society and creating a network of youths to accommodate the global youth movement to act and inspire positive changes in society through a cultural perspective.
They are calling for 200 youth representatives from 50 countries to join as participants of IYF. All participants will receive full funding. In addition, they are also opening an opportunity to join IYF as facilitators who will assist coaches in facilitating group activities throughout the event.
- Youth and New Engagement with the Publi c - This issue will discuss the role of youth in engaging with the public. In the discussions, issues like youth apathy in the social and political spheres will be discussed, as well as contemporary concerns facing the world today and how to identify the role of youths and what they can positively contribute.
- Youth and New Modes of Belonging - This issue will discuss youths in the context of contemporary digital culture that has inevitably introduced and constructed a new concept of space and identity issues of being and becoming for youths today. With the rapid wave of information and communication technology, youths are presented with a myriad of often conflicting ideas on how to identify themselves in an increasingly borderless youth community, transcending culture and traditional boundaries of space. Consequently, this raises a need for a space to express and articulate the identity of youths.
- Activism: Deconstructing Youth as Threat - This issue will discuss the stereotype of youths and their capacity for social transformation. As an illustration, the discussion will begin by comparing and contrasting society’s general perception of youth as a threat to social order and governance with the history of youth movements where youths have taken an active role in creating a better society and standing against various forms of injustice.
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