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UNICEF, INJAZ launch national initiative to motivate youth to volunteer

By JT - Apr 15,2018 - Last updated at Apr 16,2018

AMMAN — UNICEF and INJAZ on Sunday launched “The National Initiative for Youth Volunteers”, which aims to enhance the country’s volunteering culture and to motivate young people to become active participants in society, a joint statement said. 

Launched under the slogan “Volunteer and Build the Culture of a Generation”, the community-based initiative will run with the help of the public and private sectors and civil society organisations in order to highlight ethics in volunteer work and its positive impact on development, as well as the important role that volunteering plays in building a generation that is loyal, dedicated and empowered to transform the challenges it faces into opportunities

Funded by the government of Japan, the initiative will target youth from diverse areas throughout the country and engage young people from multiple backgrounds through activities and media campaigns, the statement read.

The initiative was established as part of a national campaign that seeks to highlight the role of youth as an integral component of the volunteering process and give them the chance to demonstrate their abilities and capabilities, as the largest demographic in Jordanian society. “The initiative will bring together existing efforts by various organisations and sectors and direct them more efficiently to increase youth participation in volunteering activities,” the statement said, adding “Volunteering will strengthen young people’s capabilities, enrich their experience and enable them to create positive change in their communities.”

Building on work already achieved in this field, the initiative will institutionalise volunteer work at a national level while aiming to establish a series of national, widespread partnerships to provide more volunteering opportunities and strengthen the institutional framework of volunteering work. It will also facilitate investment in the available opportunities and enrich the experiences of youth, according to the statement. 

Besides, the project will serve to advance youth’s capabilities by providing them with volunteering opportunities that are appropriate for them, thus enriching their expertise and increasing their chances to enter the work market in a better manner. 

The next phase for the initiative will include an electronic platform that will allow youth to obtain online training in the fields of volunteering, life skills and employment.

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