Mayor's Office of Youth Engagement

PHL Youth Week 2022

The Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement is partnering with over 20 youth-led & youth-serving organizations to bring PHL Youth Week to the City of Philadelphia. The series will run from August 8th – August 14th. Each day we will host community-focused, youth-led events around the issues that young Philadelphians are facing: education, civic participation, public safety/gun violence, financial futures/entrepreneurship, and health & wellness The overall goal of this initiative is to elevate these very critical issues in our city, while simultaneously celebrating the unique ability that young people have to inspire movements, both locally & globally.

The United Nations has designated August 12th as International Youth Day. This observance brings youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrates the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

The idea for International Youth Day was proposed in 1991 by the young people who were gathered in Vienna, Austria, for the first session of the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System. The Forum recommended that an International Youth Day be declared, especially for fund-raising and promotional purposes, to support the United Nations Youth Fund in partnership with youth organizations.

We sought to use International Youth Day as an anchor for PHL Youth Week so that our young people know that they are not alone in the triumphs and challenges that they are facing as a generation. There is a global community of support – but most importantly, there is a community of support here at home.

Join us for what is sure to be an incredible week!

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