UNICEF - Power for Youth

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The partnership between ING and UNICEF is unique and extraordinary. It is built on a vision of making a positive contribution to the lives of children in the many communities around the world where both ING and UNICEF are active. The two partners strongly believe that a strong and healthy community has far-reaching benefits for future generations and businesses.

The partnership has developed throughout the years into a collaboration that is fully linked to ING’s purpose of empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. It is also part of one of the two pillars of ING’s sustainability approach ‘to accelerate the financial empowerment of individuals’.

The first decade - 2005-2015: providing children with access to quality education

Since the launch of the partnership in 2005 we have touched the lives of a million children, giving them access to quality education and safer and healthier living conditions. When we started, 115 million children worldwide were not enrolled in primary education. ING has played an important role in providing access to better quality education, especially for children in remote areas. These efforts have contributed to the wider global efforts of UNICEF and its partners, resulting in a fall in the number of children that dropped out of school by 40% between 2000 and 2012.

The second decade – 2015 and onwards: empowering adolescents to improve their future

ING and UNICEF are proud of what they have accomplished globally for children and are eager to further build on that success. The world currently has 1.2 billion adolescents (aged 10–19), nearly 90 per cent of whom live in developing countries. Many of them need support in becoming socially and financially independent.

ING and UNICEF strongly believe that the best time to invest in this generation is not when they find themselves unemployed and without prospects, but at an earlier stage when their critical thinking and problem-solving skills can be easily honed and exercised. We aim to empower teenagers around the world by providing them with the skills and tools they need to become the future entrepreneurs, the future workforce and the future leaders of their countries. Together, we are investing in the future of young people, helping them transition successfully from childhood to adulthood.

As a teenager, the second decade of life is all about making choices for the future. Our ‘Power for Youth’ partnership with UNICEF helps adolescents around the world maximise their potential. Teaching them the skills and providing them with the tools they need enables them to improve their future and the futures of the people around them. Together we are empowering a new generation!

It is our goal to empower 335.000 adolescents in six countries by 2018 via our partnership with UNICEF

Help tomorrow belong to them

Join us in reaching out to adolescents across six countries to provide them with opportunities to learn and build skills, so they can become the next generation of actors on the social and economic stage, improving both their own future and the futures of those around them. Help tomorrow belong to them!

The cornerstone of our success: our employees

Since the partnership was launched ING staff has been the cornerstone of the continued success of the programme, donating their time and money generously and enthusiastically. All financial contributions made by our employees are doubled by our matching plan.

ING also involves clients and consumers in supporting UNICEF in a variety of ways. These include campaigns carried out in the festive season, campaigns aimed at providing relief during disasters or dedicated financial products.

More details on UNICEF projects supported by ING

Adolescence is that crucial time when a person goes from being largely dependent on family and society to personal empowerment, when a person is able to take on new roles and make an important contribution to his or her own health and well-being and that of those around them. Evidence shows that when adolescent girls and boys are supported and encouraged by caring adults, backed up by policies and services that are attentive to their needs and capabilities, they have the potential to break through long-standing cycles of poverty, discrimination, and violence.

ING and UNICEF empower adolescents by focusing on skill-building and providing them with opportunities to create social change.

Beyond the classical skills of literacy and maths, adolescents require the social, emotional, and cognitive skills that are often not taught in traditional classrooms. These include critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership skills, skills which encourage the identification of pressing issues in the community and wider society, and goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making skills. A focus on innovation will also help adolescents to develop these skills, in both local and global contexts, thus making valid contributions to their country’s strength and progress.

To further encourage adolescents to break out of long-standing cycles of poverty, discrimination and violence we are also intent on giving them a voice for social change. We empower adolescents to speak out on matters impacting their futures. This should lead to a greater demand for vital social services such as education and healthcare, and thus to the expansion, and improved quality of these services for a larger number of the population.

The Power for Youth partnership supports projects in Nepal, Zambia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Nepal - A Chance for Adolescents to Speak Up!

Young people in Nepal want to break out of poverty. Too often, however, they lack the knowledge and skills to do it. That is why ING and UNICEF have joined forces to help equip teenagers with the skills they need -knowledge, social abilities, and a financial education. We reach young people in the community and make sure they get a fair chance of a promising future.

Zambia - Empower the Young and Create a New Society

UNICEF with the support of ING will empower the most marginalized adolescent girls and boys in Zambia so they can make informed decisions about their own lives and future; are civically engaged; and are supported by parents and communities as well as enabling policies and social services to reach their full potential.

Philippines - Make Young People Matter

With support from ING, UNICEF will actively engage and empower the Philippine youth, with the establishment of adolescent safe spaces and the introduction of a comprehensive life-skills package that will strengthen help-seeking behaviour, decision-making, and leadership skills.

Indonesia - Let’s Innovate!

In a disaster-prone country like Indonesia, UNICEF with the support of ING, will empower adolescents with problem-solving skills and opportunities to participate in the development of adolescent-driven solutions to address issues before, during, and after emergencies.

Kosovo - Equal Rights for Kosovo Youth

In Kosovo, a country with high rates of inequity, ING will support UNICEF’s work with adolescents coming from minority groups and rural areas to build their social and entrepreneurial skills, so that young people are empowered to lead a social change for equal rights for all.

Montenegro - Calling upon Montenegro’s agents of change

In a country with high disparities, exclusion and poor education attainment for the most vulnerable youth, UNICEF with the support of ING will equip adolescents with life-changing social, entrepreneurial and emotional skills to lead a change in their future and that of their communities.

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