SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US!

This initiative is an idea brought to the attention of UN Youth New Zealand by Joe Wilson, a Youth Engagement Advisor in the Waikato District Council team.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT?

This project is based around a nation-wide search for positive stories of community resilience and community projects that came about due to the Covid-19 crisis. Following our search, and subsequent gathering of stories, they will be collated into a newsletter style publication. UN Youth New Zealand will then use our promotional channels – namely social media and our mailing lists – to promote these stories of empathy and positivity during the challenging time we all faced recently. 

To Joe the project is about: 

  • Building a local and international understanding of how youth are experiencing Covid-19 to enhance our empathy towards other communities and cultures, nations and ultimately humanity in what could be a very conflicting time. Youth are to show empathetic leadership through vulnerability and stories of collective resilience in communities, families and friendships based on their unique experience of Covid-19 so far and their hopes/fears about their unpredictable future.

The content is to be key in this project. Each story should have a clear message that gives the viewer a good understanding of what it feels like to experience the past crisis from the perspective of the writer, and their community. The stories will be based both on facts and emotions to provide a balanced picture of the positive aspects of life that occurred during the Covid-19 Crisis 

This sharing of stories will hopefully inspire and motivate other young people to take action during this crisis. 

HOW DOES THE PROJECT OPERATE?

Format is a key part of this project. Participants are welcome, within reason, to utilise any form of media to share their stories. We are looking at formats such as written stories, videos, interviews, music, poetry and any other formats the participants may think up! The key no matter the format and the story however, is that the focus will always be on positivity and community resilience. Another key point to note is the length of stories. We want these stories to be bite sized, easily and quickly readable or viewable stories. 

Once stories have been collected, the volunteer team looking after the project will collate them into an easy to read, engaging and interesting newsletter publication. 

IS THIS THIS PROJECT LIMITED TO UN YOUTH ALUMNI?

No, this opportunity is open to any young kiwi (under the age of 25)! UN Youth simply wants to be a conduit to share stories of all young Kiwis. 

WHAT ARE THE OVERALL THEMES OF THE PROJECT?

The two primary themes of the project are active citizenship and universal values which transcend cultures and communities. 

WHEN DO SUBMISSION OPEN AND CLOSE?

Story submissions open on Tuesday the 30th of June 2020 and close on the 5th of August 2020 at 11:59PM. 

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY STORY?

Stories are to be submitted through this link: https://forms.gle/nZitQmsEiHS9Y5Cv9 

If you have any alternative media, such as photos from Lockdown that you think we should include in our newsletter, submit them through this link: https://form.jotform.com/201639123121846 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORIES AND YOUR SUPPORT, WE CAN’T WAIT TO READ YOUR STORIES!