NEW YORK - UN Youth Champion and actress Monique Coleman will embark on a world tour to promote the International Year of Youth. She aims to raise awareness on youth issues, encourage young people to use their ability to foster progress in their communities and urge the international community to take responsibility on youth issues.
“The purpose of the tour is to see first-hand what youth all over the world are experiencing. Through social media and streaming technologies, I intend to connect youth who may have previously felt worlds apart,” said Ms. Coleman.
The world tour will kick off in Sydney, Australia where Ms. Coleman will visit local schools, attend meetings with leaders of the Ministry of Youth and visit indigenous colonies. She will encourage collaboration between governments and their agencies, communities and corporate and philanthropic sectors to provide quality and culturally responsive education.
Throughout the year, Ms. Coleman will travel the globe to shine a light on the most pressing issues facing today's youth. Using her online talk show Gimme Mo' as a platform, she will connect youth worldwide and urge bridge building across cultures, religions and generations.
The International Year of Youth was launched on 12 August 2010 and runs through 11 August 2011. Youth, defined by the United Nations as people between the ages of 15 to 24, represent 18 per cent of the world's population, or 1.2 billion people.
The tour will culminate the International Year of Youth in New York on August 12.
Dates below are subject to change.
WORLD TOUR DATES
Feb 1-12 Australia
Feb 13-16 Thailand
Feb 17-21 Philippines
Feb 22-28 Singapore
Feb 27-Mar 7 China
Mar 7-9 Beijing
Mar 10-17 Japan
Mar 19-24 Bangladesh
Mar 25-April 1 Asia
Apr 2-11 India
July -South America
August 10-12 New York
About International Year of Youth (IYY)
In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development, the United Nations proclaimed an International Year of Youth starting on 12 August 2010.
About Gimme Mo'
Gimme Mo' is an online talk show created and executive produced by actress Monique Coleman dedicated to empowering today's youth. Our goal is to create an environment where teens feel safe and open to talking about real issues, bringing awareness to organizations that are serving teens, and conducting celebrity interviews to spotlight Hollywood's commitment to giving back. Gimme Mo' knows that young people are constantly on the web, so we want to meet them where they are and provide them with inspiration, resources and positive information.