One Million Voices

Date: 31 October 2013

Wow! This YMCA movement is awesome! The World YMCA One Million Voices (OMV) pilot project is building and results are coming in every day from Armenia to New Zealand, Gaza to Ghana, Denmark to Uruguay, South Africa to Ukraine.

Young people aged 15 to 24 are being engaged and are testing our survey tool for the One Million Voices project.

Results so far:

• 66 countries are involved in the One Million Voices research project.

• 40 National Coordinators for One Million Voices have been appointed; 7 are
   Change Agents.

• 220 Change Agents are briefed on OMV.

• Data collection on members and participants aged 15 to 24 is in process and
   new information being received daily.

• The One Million Voices questionnaire has been translated to 15 languages:
   Arabic, Armenian, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean,
   Malayam, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil.    

• The Pilot Project with young men and women – ages 15 to 18 and 19 to 24 is
   testing the questionnaire for wording, understanding, flow and sequence, and
   clarity of instructions.  

We are all getting ready. The full One Million Voices research project will be launched in January 2014. Professor Fred Coalter will lead an interview training session for enumerators for data collection on January 13 – 14, 2014.  The training will be videotaped and shared with all national movements. We will hold a series of live Q & A webinars – OMV talks in January. Come Join Us!

Stay tuned – This is transformational! This is youth empowerment in action!

For more information contact:
selma@ymca.int or ian@ymca.int  

Countries involved:

Africa
Angola
Cameroon
Ethiopia
Ghana
Gambia
Kenya
Liberia
Madagascar
Nigeria
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Senegal
Tanzania
Togo
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Asia and the Pacific
Australia           
Bangladesh
India
New Zealand
Hong Kong       
Korea
Macau   
Pakistan     
Philippines
Japan    
Sri Lanka

Europe
Armenia    
Belarus    
Denmark    
England    
Finland    
Iceland    
Ireland
Kosovo
Macedonia
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Scotland
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
Wales

Latin America and Caribbean
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Ecuador
Haiti
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Peru
Uruguay

Middle East
Egypt    
Lebanon
East Jerusalem
Gaza

Canada        

USA