Ubuntu- Mobilizing Central Alberta will host an International Youth Day event on Aug. 14 at Festival Hall from 3-9 p.m. All ages are welcome. (Photo from Facebook)

Ubuntu Youth Council hosting Aug. 14 event

Festival Hall event hopes to bring central Albertans of all ages together

Ubuntu Youth Council is celebrating its Third Annual International Youth Day on Aug. 14.

The event is open to people of all ages and runs from 3-9 p.m. at Festival Hall.

Ubuntu Youth Council is hosting this event to create a safe space for attendees, in response to this year’s United Nations theme of Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.

According to the United Nations, “the objective of this year’s theme is to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations and leave no one behind.”

In social sectors such as employment, health, and public and civil participation, both youth and older adults were under-represented due to ageism.

“Therefore, on this year’s International Youth Day, both youth and older adults are invited to have the chance to raise their voices and to create awareness of the circumstances that they face daily caused by their ages. In return, people of all ages can learn from others by not only engaging in conversation, but also by listening and watching as they work together to understand what different people go through,” says the youth council in a news release.

Since Ubuntu-Mobilizing Central Alberta was founded in 2020, the Ubuntu Youth Council has celebrated International Youth Day. This day has been arranged by the youth members of the organization to showcase the leadership they have and the advocacy they give for youth voices.

This year’s event will include entertainment such as dance performances, live music by a local DJ, mini-games with prizes, BBQ, and Hoops Unite Final Tournament. The Ubuntu Youth Council is hoping that International Youth Day will help to build connections and relationships throughout central Alberta.

“We want all individuals, who hear about International Youth Day to come out and just enjoy themselves, not be afraid to put themselves out there,” says Morris Bornyi, Ubuntu Support Youth program co-ordinator.

“In reality, people might be different but most of the time they may be going through similar issues, so why not work together to find a common ground to resolve and understand those issues a little bit better.”

For more information go to Ubuntu Youth Council’s Instagram page, @ubuntu.yc.

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