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Capacity Development Programme becomes multi-award winning

14 December 2017

YOURS - Youth for Road Safety has been awarded a prestigious for its work in creating a generation of youth road safety champions.

Its Capacity Development Programme has inspired and empowered young people on nearly every continent of the world to take meaningful action for road safety in their communities and beyond.

Held annually, the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards and the winners are invited to a Gala Presentation held in London. This year the YOURS’ Capacity Development Programme has been recognized for its exceptional impact on young people all across the world.

Having been delivered in a.o. Belize, Kenya, Niger, Oman, Saint Lucia, United States of America and South Africa, the programme has developed the capacities of young people in all aspects of youth and road safety issues.

YOURS Director Floor Lieshout said, “We are delighted to have our work recognized by this prestigious award. Road traffic crashes remain and have been the single biggest public health concern facing youth for over a decade. However, the young people we inspire and work worth are doing something about it’, he added.

“Our programme in Belize for example has contributed to a real change in the country with young people setting the example for the rest of society as road safety champions. It's the young people themselves who are taking real action. We need to continue to invest in youth as catalysts of change for road safety and take them seriously in youth participation. We thank our Founding Members Michelin and the World Health Organization for their unwavering support from the start and all other partners that make our work possible”.

The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award is the second award for the programme. The first award was presented to YOURS by Queen Sofia of Spain at the Fundacion MAPFRE Social Awards in 2015, where the programme won best Road Safety Initiative.

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