National Youth Day February 21, 2019 Social Media Toolkit

Feb. 21, 2019 isn't just any other day...

Thursday, February 21st is #NationalYouthDay: a day to celebrate young people and their incredible contributions to the critical problems our country faces. We are Generation No Kid Hungry, and we’ve teamed up with the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation to challenge you to share your organization's #NationalYouthDay story.

  • Is there a young volunteer (up to 25-years-old) who inspires you or your organization?
  • Do you know of any awesome youth-led projects that give back to the community?
  • Did a young leader start their own nonprofit or social enterprise?
  • Does someone come to mind who's creating impact on issues like food security, the environment, energy, etc.?

We want to hear about it!

On February 21st, post your National Youth Day story by sharing photos and videos showing a young leader's impact in action, tagging @GenerationNKH and using the hashtag #NationalYouthDay on Instagram, Twitter AND Facebook.

Here’s the great news: Feb. 21 is not the only day you can thank these inspiring young people - there’s so much you can do to be involved in the day and the days leading up to it! We're kicking the festivities off on Feb. 1 with #21DaysofGratitude - scroll down for more info!

Let’s show the world the new generation of leaders.


Save the Date

Mark your calendar to share your story on February 21st, and spread the word to your colleagues, followers, friends and family by sharing our Save the Date!

Reflect on the amazing ways young leaders have been involved in your community and organization! Commit to sharing at least one story of a leader who has impacted your mission by posting about #NationalYouthDay from both your personal and organization's social media pages. Posts can feature #NationalYouthDay photos and videos, and you can also go live on Facebook or Instagram to highlight their work for causes involving:

  • Childhood hunger
  • Food insecurity
  • Homelessness
  • Environment
  • Civic engagement/Advocacy
  • Animals
  • Health
  • And so many others!

Be sure to tag @GenerationNKH and #NationalYouthDay so we can celebrate their inspiring efforts!

Sample Post:

SAVE THE DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 is #NationalYouthDay! Can't wait to show you all the ways this generation will change the world, with the help of @GenerationNKH and @SodexoStopHunger! [<--add your organization here and attach an image]

Instagram Challenge

Starting February 1st, join in on the #21DaysofGratitude Instagram Challenge!

The rules are simple:

  1. Post at least one photo a day on Instagram, thanking a young person for their work in the community.
  2. Use the hashtags #21DaysofGratitude and #NationalYouthDay in your caption.
  3. Tag @GenerationNKH so we can see your post and be able to like and comment on it.

Twitter Chat

Join the #NationalYouthDay Twitter Chat on Feb. 21 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the role young leaders play in addressing the critical issues our country faces.

This is the perfect opportunity to share your #NationalYouthDay story and any resources or opportunities for youth to get involved in your mission and community!

Mark your calendars and start thinking about your responses now, and follow @GenerationNKH on Twitter in advance!

Follow along and join in on Feb. 21

Whether you're joining in on the Twitter Chat or posting throughout the day yourself, stay tuned on all @GenerationNKH social media platforms for a day full of gratitude and celebration! Follow and use #NationalYouthDay to your heart's content.

Social Media Cheatsheet:

Sample posts

*While these examples are mostly related to Generation No Kid Hungry's mission to end childhood hunger, we encourage you to share your story as it relates to YOUR mission - whatever it may be!

  • SAVE THE DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 is #NationalYouthDay! We can't wait to show you all the ways this generation will change the world, with the help of @GenerationNKH and @SodexoStopHunger! [<--add your organization here, and any specific young person you'd like to give a shout out to] CLICK TO TWEET
  • It's #NationalYouthDay! Do you know a young person doing incredible things to help others? Let's lift those stories up and tell the world about them! CLICK TO TWEET
  • If I've learned anything, it's that you're NEVER too young to make a difference. Here’s how this leader made a difference in our community – follow along with the #NationalYouthDay conversation for more inspiration! [ATTACH YOUR OWN IMAGE OR VIDEO] CLICK TO TWEET
  • 1 in 6 kids in America lives with hunger, and young leaders are doing something about it. Are YOU? Join us and share your story this #NationalYouthDay! [ATTACH YOUR OWN IMAGE OR VIDEO] CLICK TO TWEET
  • TODAY is #NationalYouthDay! 13 million kids in America live with hunger, so young people are making waves and ending childhood hunger in their communities with @GenerationNKH and @SodexoStopHunger [Add your organization here]. Here’s how: [LINK TO YOUR OWN IMAGE OR VIDEO] CLICK TO TWEET

Shareable images

  • Click on individual images to enlarge the view
  • Right click
  • Save image as [file name of choice]
  • Upload to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts with captions including the hashtags, social media handles, links and optional sample messaging in this toolkit
  • Share away!
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Important links

Social Media handles

  • @GenerationNKH (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook)
  • @StopHungerUSA (Twitter); @SodexoStopHunger (Facebook)


  • #NationalYouthDay
  • #21DaysofGratitude

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