15 July 2022


As the International Youth Day is approaching fast, we as the IF International Youth Group SBH would like to invite all young people with SBH around the world to celebrate this day with us.

The International Youth Day is an annual awareness day designated by the United Nations on August 12. The day is seen as an opportunity for governments, organisations and individuals to focus their attention on various issues faced by young people around the world.

On this occasion, IF International Youth Group SBH will join the world to raise awareness on one of current youth issues around the world: Independent Living.

Independent living is the rights of persons with disabilities, which was set out in Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Independent living is especially important for the youth as they are facing transition from adolescence to adulthood. However, we realise the many people, including youth with SBH are unaware of this topic. Moreover, many have wrong assumptions about the concept of independent living.

Considering this, the topic of independence living has also been chosen as one of the main themes of the IF International Youth Group SBH to focus this year.

To kick off the campaign, we want to challenge the whole youth community with SBH to tell us what independent living means to you, share with us your own story of independence and help us increase awareness of independent living within the SBH community.

This is also a great opportunity to share with the world what it has been like for youth with SBH. You can read the invitation letter from the chairperson Cillian Dunne HERE.

The IF International Youth Group SBH designed the IF International Youth Day toolkit where you can find more information about this day and how you can participate in this year’s challenge together with us.

You can download the toolkit in three languages below:

  • Download the English version HERE;
  • Download the Spanish version HERE;
  • Download the Portuguese version HERE.

How to participate?

IF International Youth Group SBH challenges you to

  • Record a video of maximum 3 minutes or
  • Write a story of maximum 300 words limit or
  • Take a picture where you can express yourself about independent living and what it means to you, with the IF frames specially designed for this occasion. IF designed frames with quotes and key messages or you can use an “empty” frame to share YOUR key messages
  • Use the hashtags:





Send your materials before 9th of August to [email protected]

We are looking forward to seeing your materials and share it during the #IFInternationalYouthDay2022

Thank you for your participation!

IF International Youth Group SBH