We're committed to empowering young people to contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and continue their journey as active citizens after their ICS placement.
We had a goal - to support our alumni to develop their own meaningful activities and build an active network of national ICS returned volunteers in the countries we work in across the world who are enthusiastic about the work of ICS.
So far, we've piloted our National Youth Engagement Networks (NYEN) in six countries - Tanzania, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Zambia and Ghana. We're scaling our work in Tanzania, Nepal and Bangladesh and now we're coming to the UK.
Here's what they've been up to.
From promoting Bangladeshi government helplines for victims of harassment on public transport to taking the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to 90 NYEN members across India, here's a snapshot of what NYEN has achieved.
Stickered 500 buses to tackle harassment on public transport
In Dhaka, Bangladesh, public transport is a unpleasant – and often dangerous – experience, especially if you’re a woman or girl. Bangladeshi volunteer Atika Shafa, 21, is part of a team of 10 ICS volunteers trying to do something about it. Over four days, they put stickers on more than 500 public vehicles telling women about a government helpline to help them access justice for the harassment they face.
Brought together Nepali volunteers to champion the power of volunteering
Nepal's NYEN collective organised a celebration event to champion the work of 2,000 ICS volunteers in over 10 districts across the country. "We learnt that young people need three things to lead change. First, they need to be empowered. Second, they need to be supported. And third, they need a voice and a place at the decision making table," Kaajal Pradhan, Nepal Country Director at Restless Development told the Himalayan Times.
Championing diversity in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
A diverse group of volunteers from India’s NYEN team took part in a four day Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) action planning workshop. They then took this knowledge – and went on to lead sessions with 90 NYEN members across the country on how to achieve three of the SDGs – better health, gender equality and decent work.