About the IF International Youth Group SBH
It is a pleasure to introduce you the IF International Youth Group SBH including the following members: Mirela Bukovac, Patrícia Albertová, Rereloluwa Adeola, Rebecca Austin, Opeyemi Folorunsho Samuel, Ajok Proscovia, Malik Armughan Ali, Jurn Anthonis, Serhii Tkachuk, Kateryna Shchelyna, Nebiyat Testafaye, Chen Miaohua and chaired by Laura Rosillo Beneyto. The primary aim of the group is to bring a group of young people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus (SBH) together from all around the world who want to work together with IF in addressing important issues relevant for youth with SBH around the world.
The mission of the group is to mobilise the SBH youth community and bring together resources available in order to contribute to actively raise awareness on important topics related to well-being and quality of life; develop tools to support youth around the world; disseminate information and materials to support the work undertaken by young people in different countries around the world. In previous years, special attention was given to the topics of mental health and independent living.
How to join the IF International Youth Group SBH
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Read more about the work of the IF International Youth Group below.
- Joined the Freedom Drive March by ENIL in Brussels
The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) and IF Youth Group joined the Freedom Drive organised by the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL where over 200 disability activists march between Cinquantanaire and the European Parliament to demand an end to institutionalisation and the right to independent living.
- Contributed to the IF Statement on Independent Living
The IF Youth Group contributed to the IF Statement on Independent Living in order to ensure the voices of the youth with SBH were reflected. In this statement IF outlined how independent living is enshrined in international human rights law, its interpretation and implementation and how that relates to the main concerns of the global SBH community, as identified by the IF International Youth Group. Concluding with recommendations to policy makers and all those involved in supporting people with SBH on how to advance the right to independent living for the SBH community worldwide.
Download the IF Statement on Independent Living here.
- Joined the Global Campaign on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The IF Youth Group participated in the global campaign on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd to wrap off the year by expressing their views and personal messages on the IF social media.
To view the social media messages of the group, see here
- The 29th International Conference for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Pre-Conference Workshop for Youth
On the occasion of the 29th International Conference for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus – Diverse Needs, Same Rights, IF in collaboration with the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), organised a pre-conference workshop on Independent Living taking place on September 5. During this workshop youth will be empowered to advocate for their rights to live independently. Register for the event here.
- International Youth Day & Awareness Month
The International Youth Day is an annual awareness day taking place on August 12 designated by the United Nations. This day is an opportunity for governments, organisations and individuals to focus their attention on various issues faced by young people around the world.
The IF International Youth Group SBH welcomes the full month of August as an awareness month during which a social media toolkit was designed by the IF Youth Group SBH. This year’s theme is independent living. In this social media toolkit, you can find key information about the International Youth Day, infographics to download and share on your social media for an active campaign on this memorable day, and an exciting challenge for all youth with SBH to participate in. Download the toolkit here.
The IF International Youth Group’s chairman, Cillian Dunne sent a letter to invite the youth community for the campaign, which you can see here.
Also, around this day, IF Youth Group SBH invites all youth with SBH to attend the youth community meeting “Independent living in your eyes” on August 11 2022 at 2pm (Brussels Time, CEST). For this meeting the IF Youth Group SBH facilitates a platform where all youth with SBH can freely share their thoughts and their experiences related to the topic of independent living. This is an experience exchange and twinning opportunity for youth with the SBH community, with the participation of 5 inspiring youth representatives from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin-America and Europe. More information of the meeting here
- Meet & Greet with Vangelis Koutalianos
On February 25 2022, the IF International Youth Group held a Meet & Greet with Vangelis Koutalianos, a true motivational speaker born with Spina Bifida.
During this event, young participants had a chance to listen and chat with Vangelis Koutalianos. He shared with all the participants lots of interesting and inspiring life stories.
The event was very successful with lots of positive feedback from the participants. They expressed their interest and gratitude for having an occasion to learn from an experienced person with SBH and get inspired to live their best lives. They would like to proceed with these activities in the future.
If you want to learn more about the event, please click here
- Mental Health
Maintaining a good Mental Health especially in times of a global pandemic is of utmost importance. The IF International Youth Group develops a survey to build up a solid basis of evidence on what is important for young people with SBH about their mental health. This survey addresses the following aspects General Well-Being; Exercise/sports; Friendship/Relationship; Daily activities (e.g, employment, studies); Physical Health; Body Confidence.
- Raising Awareness during the International Youth Day
On August 12, IF together with the United Nations, members and partners celebrated the International Youth Day through a wonderful campaign on social media.
The International Youth Day is a special day for the young community to express themselves. On this occasion, the IF International Youth Group created a toolkit and challenged members to take part in their “Pandemic through the eyes of a young person with SBH” challenge which encountered great success!
The IF International Youth Group’s chairman, Marcus Ward, sent a call on IF Social Media Channels, which you can see here.
The IF International Youth Group in collaboration with the Argentina Youth Group shared personal messages on IF Social Media, see here.
Check IF Social Media out for more!
- The International Conference on Multidisciplinary Care for SBH
IF International Youth Group Chairman, Marcus Ward, shared the results of the Mental Health survey the group conducted earlier this year.
He emphasised on the fact that overall mental health and well-being are important and a special attention needs to be given to youth with SBH. It is necessary to improve the tools used to assess the needs of young adults with SBH.
If you want to learn more about the conference and the speech of IF International Youth Group, Marcus Ward, click here
- Raising awareness during the World Mental Health Day
On October 10th, the world celebrates the important topic of Mental Health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals with SBH, their families, IF member associations, and healthcare professionals working on mental health issues to talk about this important topic.
Together we can assess needs to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The IF International Youth Group, shared a toolkit, their personal testimonies, thoughts and view on Mental Health and through social media, participated on this day to raise awareness on Mental Health among young adults with SBH. Check out IF Social Media accounts (@IFSBH) to see more about their personal messages.
- “Digital Escape Room – Unlock Your Rights” WSBHD21 side-event
On October 29th, to celebrate the World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, the IF International Youth Group held the “Digital Escape Room – Unlock Your Right to Health” side-event. Participants had to work together to solve a series of clues. Once a group had found all of the clues it was let into the main zoom room. The first group to find all of the clues were the winners. The event was timed. Participants had 40 min to escape the digital escape room.
See more information about the Digital Escape Game here
- E-Collaboration between the IF International Youth Group and EDF Youth Committee to celebrate the European Day of Persons with Disabilities
On the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 (#EDPD2021), the IF International Youth Group and EDF Youth Committee sent key messages highlighting the situation of thousands of young people in Europe who are at greater risk than other groups. The two groups called on the European Commission to dedicate the European Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2022 to young people to celebrate the European year of youth.
See more information about the collaboration here
Check IF Social Media out for more!
- IF Report “Mental Health Implications of COVID-19 on Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus- an explorative survey conducted by the IF International Youth Group with SBH”
This year the members of the IF International Youth Group with SBH wanted to focus on a topic really important for the youth with SBH, “Mental Health”, especially in times of a global pandemic where different challenges impacted sorely mental health. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health has been and is widespread and complex.
In 2021 youth with SBH developed an online survey to address needs in the SBH community. The IF International Youth Group SBH shares with you their report on mental health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic among youth with SBH.
Download the “Mental Health Implications of COVID-19 on Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus” report, an explorative survey conducted by the International Youth Group with SBH.
- IF Statement on Mental, Physical and Sexual Health for Youth with SBH
Mental, physical and sexual health and disability rights are irretrievably interconnected topics of which the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) has been advocating on.
In this statement IF presents the main conclusions of this work by the SBH youth community and the IF International Youth Group, the challenges that persons with SBH encounter in regards to mental, physical and sexual health and IF’s recommendations for advancing the rights and wellbeing of persons with SBH in regards to mental, physical and sexual health.
Download the IF Statement on Mental, Physical and Sexual Health for Youth with SBH.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the chair of the IF Youth Group SBH at firstname.lastname@example.org