Young volunteers marking the end of the European Year of Development and action/2015, and the beginning of the new global goals in 2016.

As we approach the end of the year, we look back at the highlights of the past 12 months and how you helped transform the lives of young people around the world in 2016.

A young volunteer provides information on how to avoid contamination and stop the spread of Ebola to residents in Monrovia. Photo/Ahmed JallanzoJanuary 2016: West Africa declared free of Ebola virus

YMCAs in Sierra Leone and Liberia trained young community volunteers who reached more than 80,000 people in their communities with life-saving information on Ebola. Meet the young people who took direct action to help end a humanitarian crisis. Read more…

February 2016: Young volunteers deliver nation’s message to 10 Downing Street

Richard Niroumand and Margaret Kamara who volunteered for Y Care International with the International Citizen Service (ICS) delivered the nation’s message on tackling global issues to No.10 Downing Street, marking the end of the European Year of Development and action/2015, and the beginning of the new global goals. Read more…

"The devastation in the country really hit me hard." Danny Dyer on witnessing the impacts of the civil war and the Ebola outbreak. Photo: Alex WalkerApril 2016: Danny Dyer witnesses impact of Y Care International in Sierra Leone

British TV and Film star Danny Dyer witnessed how vulnerable young people in Sierra Leone’s slums are rebuilding their lives after the civil war and the devastating Ebola outbreak. Read more…

April 2016: Y Care International volunteers set off for Junior 7 Summit in Japan

Three young volunteers were selected to represent the UK at the Junior 7 Summit in Japan to ensure young people’s voices are heard in discussions about the environment. Read more…

May 2016: Meet our new Youth Engagement Panel

We put together a group of young leaders who can share their knowledge and experience to make sure what we do, and how we do it works for young people. Read more…

Click here to read part two of 2016’s highlights…