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Introductions and reflection on how COVID-19 is impacting our work and young people.

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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is hosting a global 24-hour webinar to engage with experts and community leaders on how various sustainable development initiatives across the globe are creating a more just and thriving society, explore how the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being met across 13 regions and networks and to discuss how happiness is still alive amidst a global pandemic.

The Webinar runs on Earth Day 2020 – April 22nd and you can register for a session and find out more information here.

UN Youth Blog


COVID-19 is affecting us all, but we’re all in this together, By Dylan Storer

“This pandemic is a genuinely global event the likes of which we have seen only a handful of times in the past and certainly not in my lifetime. The main difference now is that we, every single human on planet earth, are all in this together.”

UN Youth Australia’s response on COVID-19, media release

“UN Youth Australia has been regularly monitoring and acting upon developments surrounding COVID-19.”

Stories


pro-Bono Australia – Let the young leaders of our community be your guide

This is a time to listen to our community’s young leaders and to support and enable them to lead, writes Dean Cohen.

The Conversation – Young people are anxious about coronavirus. Political leaders need to talk with them, not at them

“We have seen global action led by young people in relation to climate change and evidence that they have a major role to play in disasters when they are given a voice.”

REACH OUT – Stories from young people during coronavirus

“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. I’ve found that Instagram and TikTok are a lighthearted source of entertainment – I especially love the memes. It’s great to see some humour even in times of crisis. I’ve even tried my hand at making a few TikTok videos myself!”

Australian Academy of science – Isolation and anxiety: strategies to cope during COVID-19

Professor Ian Hickie from University of Sydney says “strong social relationships are our most important defence against major life stresses.”

Children’s voices in times of COVID-19: Continued child activism in the face of personal challenges

This research was conducted in March and April 2020 to explore children and young people’s reflections and perceptions on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Why Nicole, 25, ensured her community stayed strong during COVID-19

“One word: community. I have worked with large groups of people in every job I’ve pursued in my adult life, so community is a concept that is pretty familiar to me. But never have I been more conscious of the monumental impact of community than over the past two months.”

How is COVID-19 Affecting Kids Around the World? World Vision Coronavirus Report

Behind the News discusses World Vision’s report which looks at how kids around the world are coping with changes to their everyday lives because of COVID-19.

External Resources


UNICEF Australia – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, UNICEF teams around the world and here in Australia are urgently working to keep communities safe, strengthen fragile health systems, and share critical public health messages.”

fair work Australia – Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

 “Find out about your workplace entitlements and obligations if you’re affected by the outbreak of COVID-19”

The Lookout – COVID-19 and Family Violence

“It is important for anyone experiencing family violence to know that family violence is never ok, no matter the circumstances or situation.”

Not for Profit People – How to approach an employee who may have poor mental health during the coronavirus lockdown

So what are the signs that a staff member might be going through a mental health challenge? What can do you to support them through it?

Shine – Care for your coronavirus anxiety

Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

voices of victoria – Take action and help fight COVID-19

“Inspired by the actions of young people across the world we’ve compiled a set of actions that anyone can take to join the fight against misinformation and stigma”

COVID-19 and the Youth Sector

Research conducted by the YAC Vic on youth sector organisations showing how COVID-19 has impacted these organisations and how it has changed the lives of young people.

Finder covid-19 media release

Finder’s analysis of the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian economy.

COVID-19 YOUTH RESPONSE FUND

FYA has developed a COVID-19 Youth Response Fund, designed to back new and existing initiatives that are responding to the urgent needs of young people at this time; and to those that are using this period of uncertainty to influence the systems that cause injustice and inequality.

Victorian council of social service – My Corona

“Many of Victoria’s best storytellers are doing it tough at the moment—just as our stories need telling the most. Do you have a personal story of life in isolation – share it now”

Mental Health Contact List


  • MyCompass – an online self-help program for people experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression.
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
  • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or beyondblue.org.au
  • SANE Help Centre on 1800 18 7263 or helpline@sane.org
  • BiteBack – an online positive psychology program for young Australians between 13-16 years old.
  • iBobbly – a self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and above.
  • Online Clinic – an anonymous assessment tool for common mental health conditions that provides you with a personalised report to discuss with your GP.  You can also contact your GP about accessing bulk-billed sessions with a Clinical Psychologist via video or phone.
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