Youth FAQ

Explore answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the ways young people can get involved and mark HMD.

Questions

Answers

What can young people do to mark HMD 2021?

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our Light up the darkness photography competition to mark HMD 2021. The competition is open to 14-25 year olds and more information will be announced in November, when the competition opens.

There is information to support young people to organise their own HMD activities here. You may wish to work with a group such as a faith group, community group or a youth group. Explore our free online resources, including activity ideas, local activity case studies and personal life stories of individuals affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides to help you plan your event. Our collection of HMD Together resources are designed to enable you to mark HMD together online. To keep up to date with news and announcements, please sign up to our newsletter here or email [email protected].

I run a youth group – how do we get involved in Holocaust Memorial Day?

There are lots of ways your youth group can mark HMD. We provide guidance and information on doing this in the youth group organisers section of our website. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] and we can suggest resources and ideas to enable your youth group to mark HMD.

I don’t belong to a youth group, can I get involved?

Absolutely, Holocaust Memorial Day is for everyone. Have a look at our information for individual youth organisers and explore ways that you can mark HMD. You might want to think about who you could work with to put on an event – your university, a community group, a faith group. There are also activities you can organise in your own home or online, with family or friends, such as learning a song or a recipe. Please do not hesitate to contact us on [email protected] if you would like more advice.

I'm an event organiser - how can I make sure that the messages of Holocaust Memorial Day are promoted throughout the year, and not just on the day?

Taking part in Light up the darkness, our youth photography competition, is a great place to start, as you will be researching and thinking about our message from as early as November. Use the themes from the competition to start planning your event for January. You could even use images taken for the competition as part of your event. You might also like to set up a regular group, such as a book or film club, or a monthly talk at your college or university.

The impact of your HMD activity will last for longer than HMD itself – your activity may lead to other activities, it may inspire different behaviours or attitudes, and it can have a lasting impact on participants. Encourage people to think of actions and ongoing changes they will make as a result of attending your activity.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, to hear about other related days, anniversaries and events throughout the year.

What should I do if I'd like to invite a speaker to my youth event?

We currently work with a Youth Representative Panel, a group of experienced youth volunteers, who are available to speak at events, covering a range of topics and geographical areas. We also provide information here on a number of organisations that can help you to book a survivor or speaker at your event. Please contact us on [email protected] if you would like more details.

Are you running any workshops for young people?

There are no plans for workshops at the moment but there are lots of resources and ideas available on our website that will help you plan an activity for Holocaust Memorial Day. Please explore our online resources, which includes activity ideas, local activity case studies and personal life stories of individuals affected by the Holocaust and genocide. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about getting involved.

I would like to do my bronze/silver/gold award. How do I do that?

Unfortunately, we are no longer running the HMDT Youth Programmes (HMD Youth Champions and HMD Youth Advocates). However, we are developing new ways for young people to get involved – sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date. Please email [email protected] for advice on other ways you can get involved and how you can mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

I’m 13 years old, can I get involved?

Absolutely, Holocaust Memorial Day is for everyone. Have a look at our online resources and explore ways that you can mark HMD. You might want to think about who you could work with to put on an event – your youth club, a community group, a faith group. There are also activities you can do organise in your own home, with family or friends, such as learning a song or a recipe. Please do not hesitate to contact us on [email protected] if you would like more advice.

I don’t have a social media account, how do I get involved?

There are lots of ways to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, ranging from displaying our posters, screening a film, learning a dance or organising or attending a ceremony. Please have a look at our online resources for more ideas and email [email protected] if you want any more advice.