The Vision Zero Youth Council (VZYC) was created in 2014 in New York City. After being active in the United States for over five years, the VZYC gained its first international chapter in Rwanda In February of 2020. In August of 2020, our chapter was created as the second African chapter.
Our organization is dedicated to educating youth on traffic safety statistics and conditions in their respective communities, and across the world. We work to empower youth to speak up and have their voices heard. Our main goal is to create partnerships with schools, non-profits, and government officials so no more people die because of unsafe roads.
Our mandate at VZYC will be as the following:
Carry out research into where there are clear issues of road safety, pertaining to mainly pedestrians and cyclists but also road users.
Work with road safety organizations in order to secure implementation of road safety equipment/measures.
Work closely with councils and government departments.
Provide road safety education in primary schools and obtain the children's thoughts on road safety and how it can be improved.
Feedback information from the children's questionnaires to local councils, allowing them to participate in policies which will affect them.
Advocate for and researching ways to achieve cleaner air, a central issue of road safety.