Youth Unity supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – 17 global targets aimed at eradicating poverty through greater healthcare, reduced inequality, better education, economic growth, and action on climate change.
While committed to attaining all 17 goals, the work that Youth Unity accomplishes – alongside its partners and funders – has the most direct impact on the following seven ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.
(For more on each of the 17 goals, visit the UN Sustainable Development website, or check out the video below.)
2.Zero Hunger – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
Through the Fit and Fed campaign, StreetGames is committed to tackling childhood hunger, both within the school holidays and beyond. During summer 2018, the programme reached almost 14,000 participants across 204 delivery sites, serving up an incredible 145,760 meals to young people in need.
3.Good Health & Wellbeing – Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all, at all ages
StreetGames’ primary motivation, the organisation pursues improvements in health and wellbeing across a variety of programmes, including Doorstep Sport; Let’s Get Physical; Safe, Fit and Well, Young Health Champions, and StreetGames Young Volunteers. For more on each of these programmes, simply follow the accompanying links.
4.Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
StreetGames understands that proper nourishment and physical activity can have a major positive impact of educational attainment. In addition, StreetGames’ Training Academy offers a range of industry-recognised qualifications that empower young people to advance through the community sport and leisure industries, before passing this knowledge on to the next generation of coaches, volunteers and tutors.
5.Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Through the award-winning Us Girls programme, StreetGames empowers young women & girls to engage in sport and physical activity in a style and location that best works for them. The programme also plays an important part in StreetGames’ European work, helping to establish a large and dynamic network for female grassroots sport, all across the continent.
8.Decent Work & Economic Growth – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
StreetGames is committed to tackling the lack of employment, and experience-building opportunities that prevent today’s young people from finding work. Through the StreetGames Young Volunteers programme, young people aged 16-25 are introduced to a range of core skills that improve competence, confidence and employability – skills such as ‘organisation’, ‘leadership’, ‘team working’ and ‘coaching’.
11.Sustainable Cities & Communities – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Through its Community Safety work, StreetGames helps to make deprived areas safer, and more inclusive. Working with Coca-Cola, the organisation’s ParkLives programme has also found great success in encouraging local communities to take advantage of their parks and public spaces, as areas for sport, interaction and learning. Across Europe, StreetGames’ work has also benefitted numerous refugee communities, by offering formal and informal learning opportunities, alongside the chance to play sport with local people.
16.Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
StreetGames’ programmes serve to provide positive alternatives to crime and anti-social behaviour among at-risk young people, bringing diverse communities together to coalesce around sport. Working with a range of Police & Crime Commissioners, StreetGames has also hosted two Sport and Crime conventions, and been heavily involved in the delivery of related programmes throughout the country.