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Introductions and reflection on how COVID-19 is impacting our work and young people.

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United Nations

Australia has moved up one ranking in the annual Sustainable Development Report which shows every country’s progress against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – http://ow.ly/MZSV50AnvgR – from 38 to 37.

And while this shows we still have a lot of room for improvement, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia Chair John Thwaites says Australia’s strong response to COVID-19 could be the basis of a much better future impact. Read more here: http://ow.ly/DN6T50AnvgS #SDGs

Information for Young People

UN Envoy on Youth Affairs

Disproportionately Affected Youth Must Be Central to COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Plans, Experts Tell Security Council, Stressing Their Key Role as Game-Changers

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Stories

The Conversation – Pivot to coronavirus: how meme factories are crafting public health messaging

Memes might seem like they emerge “naturally”, circulated by like-minded social media users and independently generating momentum. But successful memes often don’t happen by accident. 

PRO-BONO Australia – Calls for Australia to tackle the SDGs with the same urgency as COVID-19

A new report shows Australia is struggling with sustainable development

PRO-BONO AUSTRALIA – LET THE YOUNG LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITY BE YOUR GUIDE

This is a time to listen to our community’s young leaders and to support and enable them to lead, writes Dean Cohen.

THE CONVERSATION – YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS. POLITICAL LEADERS NEED TO TALK WITH THEM, NOT AT THEM

“We have seen global action led by young people in relation to climate change and evidence that they have a major role to play in disasters when they are given a voice.”

REACH OUT – STORIES FROM YOUNG PEOPLE DURING CORONAVIRUS

“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. I’ve found that Instagram and TikTok are a lighthearted source of entertainment – I especially love the memes. It’s great to see some humour even in times of crisis. I’ve even tried my hand at making a few TikTok videos myself!”

AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – ISOLATION AND ANXIETY: STRATEGIES TO COPE DURING COVID-19

Professor Ian Hickie from University of Sydney says “strong social relationships are our most important defence against major life stresses.”

CHILDREN’S VOICES IN TIMES OF COVID-19: CONTINUED CHILD ACTIVISM IN THE FACE OF PERSONAL CHALLENGES

This research was conducted in March and April 2020 to explore children and young people’s reflections and perceptions on the COVID-19 outbreak.

WHY NICOLE, 25, ENSURED HER COMMUNITY STAYED STRONG DURING COVID-19

“One word: community. I have worked with large groups of people in every job I’ve pursued in my adult life, so community is a concept that is pretty familiar to me. But never have I been more conscious of the monumental impact of community than over the past two months.”

HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING KIDS AROUND THE WORLD? WORLD VISION CORONAVIRUS REPORT

Behind the News discusses World Vision’s report which looks at how kids around the world are coping with changes to their everyday lives because of COVID-19.

Resources

Impacts of COVID-19 on International Students

This free webinar will explore the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on international students, including how we can ensure all students have the support they need to get through what continue to be extremely difficult times.

FYA REPORT – THE NEW WORK STANDARD

FYA looks at what part time, casual, self-employed and gig work – or flexible work – means for young people, their livelihoods and careers.

MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION – SUPPORT GROUPS

Mental Health Foundation Australia is providing free online support groups that work towards improving an individual’s well-being. “The support groups allow members to exchange new methods, skills and strategies to cope with current challenges”.

COVID-19 Young Leaders Fund

One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, is establishing a fund for young leaders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

impact2020 webinar: Will Australian charities be COVID-19 casualties or partners in recovery?

The report, Will Australian charities be COVID-19 casualties or partners in recovery? A Financial Health Check, models the potential impact on the financial health of Australia’s 16,000 registered charities with employees (excluding those run purely by volunteers) to better understand the effects and identify systemic solutions.

UNICEF AUSTRALIA – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, UNICEF teams around the world and here in Australia are urgently working to keep communities safe, strengthen fragile health systems, and share critical public health messages.”

FAIR WORK AUSTRALIA – CORONAVIRUS AND AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACE LAWS

 “Find out about your workplace entitlements and obligations if you’re affected by the outbreak of COVID-19”

THE LOOKOUT – COVID-19 AND FAMILY VIOLENCE

“It is important for anyone experiencing family violence to know that family violence is never ok, no matter the circumstances or situation.”

NOT FOR PROFIT PEOPLE – HOW TO APPROACH AN EMPLOYEE WHO MAY HAVE POOR MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

So what are the signs that a staff member might be going through a mental health challenge? What can do you to support them through it?

SHINE – CARE FOR YOUR CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY

Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

VOICES OF VICTORIA – TAKE ACTION AND HELP FIGHT COVID-19

“Inspired by the actions of young people across the world we’ve compiled a set of actions that anyone can take to join the fight against misinformation and stigma”

COVID-19 AND THE YOUTH SECTOR

Research conducted by the YAC Vic on youth sector organisations showing how COVID-19 has impacted these organisations and how it has changed the lives of young people.

VICTORIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE – MY CORONA

“Many of Victoria’s best storytellers are doing it tough at the moment—just as our stories need telling the most. Do you have a personal story of life in isolation – share it now”

How to help your employees with back-to-work anxiety

Four strategies for NFP leaders and managers to help their employees best adjust to the workplace again.

impact2020 Webinar Thirty Five: The future of education

David Gonski, Professor Peter Shergold and CEO Professor Kristy Muir discuss the future of education and look at educational inequity, future educational patterns and how to reshape education for social impact in the future.

How the Youth-Serving Sector is Coping with the Crisis

“This report provides a summary of the survey results and marks one of the first of many actions these organizations have taken to understand the needs of the youth-serving sector in order to provide a coordinated and timely response to the ongoing and evolving crisis of COVID-19.”

Mental Health Contact List

  • MyCompass – an online self-help program for people experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression.
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
  • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or beyondblue.org.au
  • SANE Help Centre on 1800 18 7263 or helpline@sane.org
  • BiteBack – an online positive psychology program for young Australians between 13-16 years old.
  • iBobbly – a self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and above.
  • Online Clinic – an anonymous assessment tool for common mental health conditions that provides you with a personalised report to discuss with your GP.  You can also contact your GP about accessing bulk-billed sessions with a Clinical Psychologist via video or phone.

UN Youth Blog

National

Media Release: UN Youth Australia’s Response to COVID-19

02 May, 2020

UN Youth Australia are committed to acting with urgency and purpose to support the community of young people across the nation during COVID-19. At UN Youth Australia, we educate over 15,000 young Australians each year about international issues and the role of the UN. We equip a generation of young leaders with the skills and […]

National

Procrastination – a story of weeds

17 April, 2020

By Cassie Sneikus During a procrastination-fuelled clean, I found my old Nintendo DS Lite sitting in a forgotten drawer. I tried to kickstart it about 25 times, fondly remembering that I had to carefully insert the Animal Crossing game chip into the device on a certain angle so it would work. Must admit, I wasn’t […]

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