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Fondation Botnar is a Swiss philanthropic foundation working to improve the health and wellbeing of young people living in cities around the world. Advocating for the inclusion of youth voices and the equitable use of AI and digital technology, the foundation invests in and supports innovative programs and research, and brings together actors from across sectors to create dialogue and partnerships.

Being - October 25- Launch (Twitter)

Launch of Being, a new mental health initiative for young people

Fondation Botnar is working in collaboration with Grand Challenges Canada, United for Global Mental Health and Global Affairs Canada to support Being, an international mental health initiative working with young people in LMICs.

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Fondation Botnar expands OurCity initiative to advance young people’s wellbeing in cities

We are extremely proud to add Latin American cities Manta and Barranquilla to our global OurCity initiative that leverages local strengths, community engagement and digital technologies to transform cities and ensure young people’s wellbeing.

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Impact Generation with Vivo Mi Calle, Colombia

Watch the latest video in our Impact Generation series to hear from Adriana Quiñones, a young person involved in the Vivo Mi Calle project, a part of the Healthy Cities for Adolescents program.

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Meet young people driving social change in Tanga, Tanzania

To mark International Youth Day, we are delighted to highlight the exciting innovations of 4 young people involved in one of our flagship projects in Tanga, Tanzania: the OurCity initiative.

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Creating cities fit for young people

Fondation Botnar attended the eleventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) in Katowice, Poland, with a focus on catalysing debate on creating inclusive, safe, and healthy cities for and with young people.

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Cities fit for young people

Bringing together key people from across city systems and investing in solutions created with, by, and for young people, we’re working to create cities that are healthy, sustainable, and liveable for young people.

AI and digital for an equitable future

We fund and support ideas that bring the potential of AI and digital technology to life to create better, more inclusive spaces and platforms that support young people’s wellbeing — always with equity and responsibility at its core.

Meaningful youth participation

We support programs, projects and research that include young people, treat them with the trust and respect they deserve, give them the necessary space to contribute to work that affects them as equal partners.

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October 2022 – The Catalyst – Urban October

In this Urban October edition, we celebrate key developments in our work towards creating sustainable change for young people’s wellbeing in cities.

Launch of Being, a new mental health initiative for young people

Together with Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) and United for Global Mental Health, we are launching a new mental health initiative working towards a world where young people feel well and thrive.
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Excellent piece in @Alliancemag by @yet4uhc, @IYAFP, @wetrustyouth, @CopperRoseZM, @GirlsPlatform, @CHOICEforYouth!

The article explores the valuable insights on how we can strengthen our work collaborating with young people to improve outcomes. Read 👇

📢Calling all youth activists! Have you registered for @ActivistsSummit #YAS22 yet?

Join other young change-makers online to learn how you can create impact in your community. 👊

🗓️ 2 December
📲 Find out more register for the event

#NourishOurFuture: young people’s potential to shape sustainable food environments

🗓 Dec 6 - in person 🇯🇵 & online 💻
⏰ 10:00am JST / 12 midday AEDT
🔗 - join us!

An official side-event of the 22nd International Congress of Nutrition @icn2021

Less than 2 weeks to go until our #HumanRightsDay Twitter Chat in partnership with @devex.

📅 9 December, 3PM CET.
💬 Join the conversation on how we can tackle fake news and moderate content to make digital channels safer for young people.

#DevexSeries #GenerationWhy

Great to see youth voices playing an integral part of climate policy discussions at #COP27 last week. 👏

Young people understand their own wellbeing needs. When we work with them to co-create solutions, we achieve better outcomes.


Interested in our Call for Youth and People With Lived Experience Advisors? Here's what you need to know before you apply! 👇🏽

🗓️Deadline to apply is Thursday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

@gchallenges @UnitedGMH @FondationBotnar @CanadaDev @NIHRglobal

📢 Calling all change-makers!

🎉 Want to be a part of this year's @ActivistsSummit?

🖖 Join #YAS22 live to hear 6 young activists working tirelessly for an inclusive and equal world.

🗓️ 2 December

📲 Join the movement, register for the event online

Join our #HumanRightsDay Twitter chat in partnership with @devex as we explore what it will take to make digital spaces safer, more inclusive, and more open for young people today.

📅 9 December
🕛 3pm - 4pm CET
📩 Save the date


🔊 #NuestraBarranquilla has launched in Colombia! 🇨🇴

The program will expand on the success of the #OurCity initiative and will create healthier and safer cities for young people. 🙌

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@DisenoPublico @fundcorona City Hall of Barranquilla.

Our partner @despacio_org has won the @official_rpc City Challenge award for the Vivo Mi Calle program. Congratulations! 🎉

The program, which is part of our #HealthyCitiesForAdolescents is enhancing wellbeing for youth in the community.

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.@COP27P what stood out 4 me: the incredible engagement of #youngpeople 4 #ClimateAction, especially young women!
Thanks 2 the amazing @omniaelomrani1 &
special thanks to our own @pmnch champions @GiuliaGasparri_ @MeretteKhalil @PoorvaprabhaP & @EvaMoldovanyi @FondationBotnar

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