Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with the knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive. Today, there are about 1.2 billion young people aged between 15 and 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population. By 2030; the target date for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the number of youth is projected to grow by 7 percent.

These young people are envisaged to develop increased levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behaviour. According to the World Health Organization, the mental health challenge due to the negative effects of COVID-19 is expected to rise, and yet there is no clear solution in sight. Interestingly, a recent study conducted in China revealed very interesting findings on the grave impact of COVID 19 on the mental health of young people. The results of this cross-sectional study suggest that nearly 40.4% of 584 young people sampled were found to be prone to psychological problems whiles 14.4% of the same 584 young people sampled youth were found to be with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. (Psychiatric Quarterly. 10.1007/s11126-020-09744-3)

The International Youth Fellowship under the Leadership of Rev Ock Soo Park has developed content to help condition troubled minds and hearts during these times. The International Youth Fellowship; strives to guide young people to break free from fear, hopelessness and sin that darkens the hearts and lead them to live a happy and bright life with the “MINDSET EDUCATION CONCEPT”. Mindset Education Concept teaches the world of the heart, captures psychosocial counselling, character reforming techniques and emotional intelligence.

Compared to economic growth and materialistic wealth, the value of the human mind is overlooked by modern society. Our society, which is rapidly developing, has its focus on increasing and expanding materialistic economic values. Consequently, more emphasis is put on quantitative expansion rather than inner values, with more and more cases of justifying the means by the ends. Through mindset education, the International Youth Fellowship precisely teaches the world of the heart and the kind of mentality that will lead people to a successful and happy life.

Most of our social problems today are often explained only in terms of superficial causes such as poverty, illiteracy, and bad development policies. However, if people do not come to know the fundamental reason for the problems which bedevil us as a society, such occurrences are likely to remain unresolved and would rather get worse than better.

This organization which is a non-profit making NGO has partnered the National Youth Authority (NYA), Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Union of Ghana Students to connect the world through this online summit. This event which starts from the 30th July, and ends on the 2nd August 2020 is themed “THE WORLD CONNECTED” and is meticulously put together by the International Youth Fellowship and its partners to train and enrich the hearts, minds and bodies of the youth from different countries all over the world. Rev. Dr. Ock Soo Park happens to be the main guest speaker throughout the programme; which shall be graced by performances from the Gracias Choir, and ground-breaking artists such as Black Pearl Accapella Group, Joe Mettle, Joyful Way Incorporated and Alabastor Box amongst many others.


Connect to other young people around the world through the IYF WORLD YOUTH ONLINE CAMP organized by the International Youth Fellowship under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Authority and proudly partnered by the National Union of GHANA Students (NUGS) from 30th July to 2nd August, 2020.
Kindly click the link below to register now.


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