Webinar Announcements: “The Youth VS COVID-19” & “Sports as Voice and Tool for Social Progress”

“The Youth VS COVID-19”

The young generations have been greatly affected by the Covid–19 global pandemic. Classes were moved online, some foreign students had to return to their countries and most students replaced the in-person social interactions and learning with stay-at-home education. Internet connectivity and the capabilities of their respective schools are generating discrepancies and inequalities that need to be addressed.

Covid-19 is affecting some of their most precious formative years, making them potentially lose important steps in their lives. Graduations were not the same, summer jobs or camps were cancelled, and isolation became a factor, personal interactions with colleagues and friends being moved entirely, for long periods of time, online. The Covid-19 pandemic can have serious psychological and relational implications, that can outlast the pandemic itself.

As it seems to be the case with the virus itself, youth seems however more prepared to deal with the impact, one reason being their previous familiarity with living online. Is that helping? Were they more prepared than the adults for this unexpected crisis? Are young people suffering more lasting consequences, being deprived of such an important part of their life? How will they come out of this experience, what are their expectations, when normality will return? We will discuss about all these aspects with young people from Germany, Nepal, Romania, Singapore and Ukraine.

You can register here: https://bit.ly/2OCqJCq

Diana Filimon │Forum Apulum | Digital Communication Network

• Anupa | 18 years | Kathmandu/Nepal
• Vida | 21 years | Munich/Germany
• Irina | 20 years | Bucharest/Romania
• Vlada | 17 years |Chernihiv/Ukraine
• Aashna | 21 years | Singapore

This event is co-organized by the Digital Communication Network SouthEast Europe Hub (DCN SEE) and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The series aims to engage digital communities globally, to promote accurate information, combat distortions, encourage responsible behavior, and discourage panic, support mitigation of a global pandemic, and avoid major societal disruptions. DCNSEE is supported by the U.S. Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges.

DCN SOUTHEAST EUROPE HUB is a consortium of Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network, non-profits, public and private organizations and companies involved in the fields of digital communication, social impact campaigns, technology, and innovation. It is a unique, interdisciplinary coalition tapping into the best talent and resources across Europe.

The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network, a diverse professional coalition in the digital space.

Sports as Voice and Tool for Social Progress

Sports stars are increasingly using their huge personal platforms to speak out and promote social justice. It is worth recalling the proud tradition of athlete activism in the US. Jackie Robinson’s example of integrating professional baseball, Billie Jean King pushing for gender equality in tennis, Arthur Ashe and Magic Johnson’s role played in de-stigmatizing HIV/AIDS are only a few examples. Leagues, teams, athletes, and grassroot organizations have long championed social causes. In recent years sports have crossed paths in significant ways with issues of
domestic violence, community engagement, conflict resolution, to name a few. Sport professionals and activists are increasingly expected and encouraged to take up a wider social role. They are thought to foster social capital, social inclusion, and democratic participation among members, and to strengthen social cohesion in local communities.

The webinar will explore questions such as:
• Should athletes be vocal on social justice issues and what are the best ways to generate impact?

• Can sport be transformational in disadvantaged communities?

• What is the best approach to shape youth and instill good values through sports participation?

• Is sports engagement a path towards equality and inclusion?

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The Webinar will take place between 10:30-11:30 EST via Zoom.

Tamara Awartani │Co-founder and Director, Palestine: Sport for Life (PS4L)│Palestinian Territories
Risa Isard│ Sports for Development Expert│USA
Chasity Melvin │Technical Director, NBA Africa│ South Africa
Hicham Bennouna │Former WNBA player, Assistant Coach, Phoenix Mercury, Podcast Host │ USA
Mohamed Amine Zariat │Founder & President, TIBU Basketball Academy │ Morocco

This webinar is part of World Learning’s International Sports Programming Initiative for Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa Program (ISPI) —Virtual Together program, a series of virtual events, launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. ISPI is a program of U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy division. The series aims to engage the sports community globally, to creatively problem solve, share digital tools and work together, follow health guidance, and continue to promote active, healthy lifestyles both physically and mentally
throughout this crisis. Additional modules related to these objectives are being developed and will be announced. The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network, a diverse professional coalition in the digital space.

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