The Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) is a program that responds to the regional need of integrating the youth sector in action-oriented SDG initiatives as partners of sustainable development. By simulating policy formulation and SDG project planning, youth delegates are able to be exposed to holistic empowerment which is necessary for the role of the youth on the SDGs. To achieve this, the APYE has three main components:
- Leadership Development Training
- Local Immersion
- Asia Pacific Youth Symposium
With the success of last APYEs held 2016 and January, 2017, the Urban Youth Academy, Asian Development Bank, UN Habitat and several other partners come together once again to make the program even better! The fourth APYExMNL will be held this July, 2017 with 250 participants from Asia and the Pacific. The major progress of the fourth APYE to its predecessors is that it offers a more action-oriented program which is more inclusive to the involvement of the partners in innovating SDG projects and policies meaningful for the society and sustaining it beyond APYE. For more information, please do not hesitate to check out www.apye.org and to follow our Facebook page at Asia Pacific Youth Exchange.
“At first I was hesitating to join the program
for the main reason that I do not know anyone, but my parents pushed me to take the chance. Now, I am proud to say that it positively changed my life. Through the program, I gained a lot of knowledge about how I could contribute to achieving the SDGs. It made me realize not just about my personal potential to contribute to the SDGs but also our society’s capability to achieve these said goals. The program also became a means for me to meet chage-makers that I never thought will be a huge part of my life. Thanks to APYE, I gained a lot of knowledge and long lasting memories.
“Asia Pacific Youth Exchange started right after my
immersion . The leadership training was cohesive to the local immersion and gave information about how to research and solve problems we may face. When we got the immersion sight, we visited different places and discussed about the topic we have chosen for solutions. Everyone was passionate for their own solutions, which inspired all of the participants. In my opinion, the biggest advantage of APYE is that the participants actually develop the idea on the topic of each sustainable development goal. This makes people feel SDGs more practical which might be redeemed more or less artificial.”
“Having two weeks experience joining APYE really gave me insight that young people are having important role in development especially those who live in developing countries. APYE was one of the most valuable chances I got so far to comprehend what are SDGs exactly, and why is it salient to young generation for taking a part in supporting any goals we could involve in. As one of the last APYE participants in Manila, I was being very grateful as experiencing many thoughtful talks, seminars, and discussions, as well as a rare opportunity to interact with local people and doing research on SDGs goals.
“APYE 2016 was a transforming experience for me. From conducting research to making presentation to pitching our idea at the ADB Headquarters at Manila, it was a roller-coaster journey, one that I will always be proud of. APYE 2016
gave me a platform to apply leadership, teamwork and research skills in the framework that we conducted in different Barangays in Santa Rosa City. The field-work was an eye-opening experience for me as it exposed me to the huge range of problems that the local people faced with respect to affordable energy, clean water and sanitation, livelihood opportunities and etc. Interaction with locals made me realizes the huge potential of the youth.
Who we are?
The Urban Youth Academy (UYA), an NGO established with the aim of solving the world’s biggest challenges through supporting and empowering youth to become future leaders, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank and UN-HABITAT, will jointly undertake the Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange rogram (APYE), which is set to launch on January 3-17, 2016 across the Philippines.
- Improve young people’s understanding of SDGs and their roles in achieving them
- Increase understanding and cooperation between young people across Asia and the Pacific
- Build the capacity of youth in implementing projects and activities aligned to the SDGs