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Walk Around the World for Water
Description/achievement of initiative

The objective will be accomplished in four way: 1. Using a google docs platform, individuals and organizations will join forces to count steps to reach a goal of 65,740,092 steps, which is the approximate number of steps it takes to walk around the world. (bit.ly/WalkAroundTheWorldForWater)\\r\\n 2. Weekend of water education, advocacy and mobilization\\r\\n 3. Highlight social justice through a march to the Flint river \\r\\n 4. Create a Youth for Global Health and Social Justice Legacy Project for the City of Flint, Michigan

Implementation methodologies

Action:\\r\\nSteering Committee for the purpose of providing advice, ensure delivery of the project outputs and the achievement of project outcomes.\\r\\nResponsible: Youth for Global Health & Social Justice (Y4GH) Target Date: 08/2019\\r\\n\\r\\nAction:\\r\\nDevelop a toolkit for the purpose of providing accessible, comprehensive resources supporting the changing stages and needs of the project.\\r\\nResponsible: Steering Committee Target Date: 09/2019\\r\\n\\r\\nAction: \\r\\nWalk Around the World for Water represents the 65,740,092 steps it takes to walk around the world, steps we are taking to raise awareness to Sustainable Development Goal #6. In Partnership with Michigan League of Conversation Voters a platform was built for groups and individuals to register their steps. Our goal is to register 65,740,092 steps.\\r\\nResponsible: Michigan League of Conservation voters Target Date: 10/2019\\r\\n\\r\\nAction:\\r\\nYouth Water Summit. The Youth Water Summit is hosted to promote a culture of innovation among young people, structured around water education and advocacy. The summit will help participants better understand water crisis from a local, national and global perspective.\\r\\nResponsible: Youth Leadership Team Target Date: 03/2020\\r\\n\\r\\nAction:\\r\\nMarch to the Flint River\\r\\nResponsible: Global and Local Community Target Date: 03/2020\\r\\n\\r\\nAction:\\r\\nYouth for Global Health & Social Justice Flint Legacy Project\\r\\nResponsible: Youth for Global Health & Social Justice and Community Stakeholders Target Date: 12/2020 and Beyond

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

In partnership with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters a google platform was developed to count the 65,740,092 steps to Walk Around the World for Water. Data was transferred to a second platform to build email distribution used to inform participants of initiative status.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Recruit steering committee for the purpose of providing advice, ensure delivery of the project outputs and the achievement of project outcomes. To effectively guide the initiative the steering committee is a collection of stakeholders in the following areas:\\r\\n\\r\\n1. Grassroots organizations: The united voice of many is a powerful tool for influencing decision-makers and the public about important issues.\\r\\n\\r\\n2. Hospitals: At the federal level, healthcare professionals can advocate for strengthening protections like the Clean Water Rule that keep families, children and communities safe.\\r\\n\\r\\n3. Water Infrastructure companies: As manufacturers and suppliers of purification and separation technologies, the innovation it develops is a core component to help make water cleaner, safer, and more accessible.\\r\\n\\r\\n4. Academia: Education equips learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes needed to be responsible global citizens, such as respect for human rights, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.\\r\\n\\r\\n5. Faith Community: The church as a repository of theological insights and ethical reflection is a needed voice in defending the preferential option for the poor and marginalized.

Partner(s)

Youth for Global Health and Social Justice\\r\\nWT Stevens Construction\\r\\nMichigan League of Conservation Voters\\r\\nMichigan Science Center\\r\\nWater Environment Federation\\r\\nGlobal Water Partnership\\r\\nAmerican Water Works Association\\r\\nACCEL Schools\\r\\nGreat Lakes Bioneers Detroit\\r\\nLTIA (Let's Turn It Around)\\r\\nYMCA Santiago\\r\\nThe Corps Network\\r\\nManEco\\r\\nBeaumont Health System
Progress reports
Goal 3
Goal 6
Goal 9
Goal 11
Goal 12
Goal 13
03/2020
Youth Water Summit: Hosted to promote a culture of innovation among yound people, structured around water education and advocacy. The summit will help participants better understand water crisis from a local, national and global perspective.
03/2020
March to Flint River: In 2011 the State of Michigan took over Flint's finances. In order to reduce the water fund shortfall, the city turned to the Flint River as a water source. Soon after the switch, residents reported changes to the water's color, smell and taste.
09/2020
Documentary: A documentary will be filmed to raise awareness of a global water crisis with the hope that it will help galvanize young people to demand change.
12/2020
Youth for Global Health & social Justice Flint Legacy Project: Youth for Global Health & Social Justice (Y4GH) will work with Flint residents to create a legacy project that will make a meaningful impact that lasts beyond the initiative. The project will leave evidence that Y4GH was there.
Other, please specify
personal donations, grant funding, in-kind contribution

Basic information
Time-frame: 08/2019 - 09/2020
Partners
Youth for Global Health and Social Justice\\r\\nWT Stevens Construction\\r\\nMichigan League of Conservation Voters\\r\\nMichigan Science Center\\r\\nWater Environment Federation\\r\\nGlobal Water Partnership\\r\\nAmerican Water Works Association\\r\\nACCEL Schools\\r\\nGreat Lakes Bioneers Detroit\\r\\nLTIA (Let's Turn It Around)\\r\\nYMCA Santiago\\r\\nThe Corps Network\\r\\nManEco\\r\\nBeaumont Health System
Countries
Contact information
Sheryl Simmons, PhD, CEO/Founder, youthforglobalhealth@gmail.com
United Nations