Every year, the 1st of November is African Youth Day. Our African Youth Day initiatives are aimed at returning a sense of African pride to our people while ensuring continental attention on youth issues. African Youth Day has been set aside by the African Union, but has not been adopted well by African countries. In celebrating Africa Youth Day, we are also placing the YMCA at the forefront of youth development on the continent.
In 2015, our African Youth Day activities included a Youth Convention hosted in partnership with the All African Council of Churches. The Convention brought together 50 youth from both organisations from around Africa. We were very excited that through this, the AAYMCA was able to create a relationship with the Africa Union (who attended and led a session on Agenda 2063) – something we have been trying to do for years! A strategic success on these two relationship aspects, the Convention also resulted in a Memorandum to the AU and Regional Economic Communities (thus starting what we plan to be a meaningful REC engagement in 2016). The youth in our two organisations are working on action plans together for the next year.