It is a pleasure to introduce you the first IF International Youth Group including the following members: Mirela Bukovac, Elisa Garcia de Ceca, Cillian Dunne, Patrícia Albertová, Parth Hendre, Rereloluwa Adeola, Saad Mouhdi, Rebecca Austin, Opeyemi Folorunsho Samuel, Danielle Tate and Wilson Padilla and chaired by Marcus Ward. 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.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, IF had to think of a new way of working. Given the global pandemic of COVID-19, IF received requests from members associations worldwide to form an international youth group. In this way, IF facilitates a platform for youth to meet and serves as an advisory panel for IF’s work going forward.
The mission of the group is to mobilize 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.
This year, special attention will be given to the topics of mental health and well-being. Read more about the work of the International Youth Group below. This page will be updated with activities throughout the year.
- 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; Exercice/sports; Friendship/Relationship; Daily activities (e.g, employment, studies); Physical Health; Body Confidence.
- Raising Awareness during the International Youth Day
The International Youth Day is an annual event for Youth with SBH around the world. During this Day the IF International Youth Group will be actively involved in raising further awareness on SBH as well as on important topics relevant to Youth. For this event, the youth welcomes collaborations with regional youth groups. In this way, we can join forces and raise our voices in a united way. Will you join us?
More information will follow soon. Stay tuned!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact, IF Project Manager, Selma Cela at email@example.com