The Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety launched Local Actions last January 22 and invited its members to develop original, impactful, and innovative projects to addressed the most urgent needs and commitments outlined in the Global Youth Statement for Road Safety. After a rigorous process, twelve projects were selected to be funded. Learn more about the winning projects here:
Akash is a youth worker leading Community Connect at the Blue Ribbon Movement. His project, Community Connect, is a leadership program that will build active citizenship in youth by solving local civic issues. The program intends to engage with different stakeholders to build better infrastructure for the city.
Alex currently works with the Kenya Red Cross Society - National Youth as a Programmes Coordinator. He is also a lawyer by profession. His project, Safe School Zones, aims to provide evidence-based data to inform decision-makers on areas of improvement around learning institutions. It further provides a platform for school communities to promote safe road usage.
Aldo is an urban planner and pedestrian activist. He has worked as an urban and architectural designer. His project, Retorno Seguro a Clases (Safe back to School Challenge), will address the challenges for youth activists and the issue of dangerous school zones in Mexico. The project will hep guarantee a safe return to schools in a post-pandemic world.
Bernardo is a Master’s student in Economics and a volunteer for Fundação Thiago Gonzaga - Vida Urgente. His project, COLETI.VU, is designed to put together a group of young people advocating for increased social participation in the city administration on road safety. It will allow youth to monitor public mobility policies and propose projects and actions aimed at young people.
Daniela is currently enrolled in post-graduate studies in Public Management. Her project, Youth influencing bike policy change in Bogotá, will strengthen the capacities of members of the Local Bicycle Board Members and provide them with tools to advocate for better bicycle policies to decision-makers.
Kenneth is a multimedia producer. He works with Action Aid International Uganda and Youth Arts Movement Uganda. His project, Safe Ride, is a participatory project that uses “Artivism” to mobilize and organize vulnerable road users and motorists in Uganda through campaigns and workshops.
Linda is a masters student at Hasselt University in Belgium studying transportation sciences specializing in road safety in the Global South. Her project, #MovingSafe2HasseltUniversity, is an online road safety education and awareness campaign for international students outside the European Union.
Amie is a medical Doctor at Kabutare District Hospital. He is the founder and president of Vision Zero Youth Council Rwanda chapter. His project, Traffic Care Youth Initiative, focuses on community awareness through teaching sessions on road safety. A radio talk show campaign will also be done to spread road safety messages in Rwanda and other parts of Africa.
Olivia is a young female on a mission to recourse the traffic experiences of children and youth in Uganda and Africa at large. Her project, Together for Safer School Journeys (TOSS-365), aims to foster youth leadership in advocating for safer school journeys. The project will be implemented in Eastern Uganda in close collaboration with stakeholders and cultural and religious leaders.
Providence is an accountant for the international NGO, Amend Road Safety. His project, Kids' Road Safety Panel (KRSP), is about educating children from two schools with high-risk road traffic. A panel of dedicated and committed young people will be created to educate the community on road safety.
Sana’a is an architect. She recently graduated from USJ with a master's degree in Road Safety Management. Her project, UP TO ZER0, aims to make Jordanian youth more aware about road safety and Vision Zero. It will encourage young people to be more involved in road safety efforts.The project establishes Jordan's chapter of the Vision Zero Youth Council.
Titis is currently a transportation planner for urban mobility arrangement. His project, Safer Street Participatory Design with Youth, involves youth learning and practicing road safety risk assessment at surrounding areas. The approach aims to raise collective awareness on road safety issues.
“We received 39 youth-led projects from all over the world. It was a tough process to come up with a shortlist; I was amazed by the young leader's creativity and the quality of projects. It is exciting to start working with the 12 winning leaders; I am convinced and excited that they will deliver impactful and sustainable actions for their communities to reduce road traffic injuries and promote a sustainable mobility system. Although we have chosen 12 winners, I want to let the others know that the Coalition is still here to support your efforts through our numerous tools, activities and events!” - Selection committee
Congratulations to all the winners!