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International Youth Day

Reproductive Rights And Services Are Key For Youth Empowerment

John Seager | Posted 08.15.2016 | Women
John Seager

One of the most important obstacles is lack of access to family planning and sex education. About nine out of 10 people between the ages of 10 to 24 live in the developing world, where there is an enormous gap in access to reproductive health services.

Celebrating The Potential Of Youth For Lasting Peace And Sustainable Development

Forest Whitaker | Posted 08.12.2016 | World
Forest Whitaker

When we give young women and men the tools to become leaders and change makers, they are capable of remarkable things.

Empowering Youth through the Dignity of Work

To The Market | Posted 08.15.2016 | Impact
To The Market

By Charlotte Florance Day August 12th marks the 16th celebration of International Youth Day, a milestone designed to shine a light on the needs of ...

Young People, the Change Makers!

Marsida Bandilli | Posted 08.17.2016 | Impact
Marsida Bandilli

Just a few days ago, The UN International Youth Day was celebrated, everywhere. This year's theme of International Youth Day was: "Youth Civic Engagement." This is a crucial moment, for reflecting upon a few issues that concern young people all over the world.

Bold Changemaker Journeys for Building a Better World

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 08.14.2016 | Impact
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

As the world observes International Youth Day this week, I wanted to feature the direct voices of young changemakers who are unafraid of challenging the status-quo and refuse to accept the way things are

Why Youth Day Is Vital for All Generations

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

So today on International Youth Day, which the UN has commemorated as an awareness day to draw attention to the legal and culture issues surrounding youth, my hope is that we go beyond awareness and take action to support the efforts of young people having a positive impact on the world.

The World Is More Dangerous Now for Young People Than Ever. But They Are Fighting Back.

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.12.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

Young people these days are fired up, with good reason. They are passionate, and they can and will bring change in a world that, we can only hope, they may understand even better than we do.

Young Women, The Makers Of Change By 2030

Julia Wiklander | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Julia Wiklander

This year my daughter will celebrate her first birthday. I became a mother last year for the first time, and it is the most beautiful gift and the most amazing adventure! Yet, having a daughter does make me a bit concerned; the world has not come as far as I would have liked.

Power to the Youth, Power to the World

Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D.

The young women we spoke with have the power to change the world--they are identifying the issues that hold back women, girls, and families, and they are uniquely able to pinpoint the kinds of policy and shifts in social relations that need to happen to make a real difference.

Education, Energy, and Engagement - Celebrating Youth

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.11.2016 | Education
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have long known the potential power of youth.This year, International Youth Day focuses on civic engagement and ways that youth can take part in civil society, to shape their future.

Envisioning a World Where Youth Voices Matter

Diane Fender | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Diane Fender

In order for true change to occur, youth should be included in global conversations, and policy and decision-making processes.

#ShowYourSelfie For Youth

Hugh Evans | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Hugh Evans

#ShowYourSelfie is a visual petition with a difference. It's a platform to bring young people together, amplify and empower them to be seen and have their voices heard.

On International Youth Day, Celebrate the Power of Youth

Kathy Calvin | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

This youth generation is informed, connected, and global. Given their knowledge of social media, which transcends borders, young people today are more apt to look for global solutions and approaches.

Championing the Empowerment of Young Women - on International Youth Day and Beyond

Bill Reese | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Bill Reese

I was thrilled to receive a book signing invitation recently from a long-time friend, colleague, and champion of women's empowerment issues, Ritu Shar...

Young People Will Invent Their Futures

Ravi Kumar | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Kelvin Doe found that batteries were too expensive for a project he was working on in 2009. He used acid, soda, and metal parts that he found in trash...

Migrant Girls Can Accelerate Global Development

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

When a girl pursues a higher level of education, it can increase her wages and her ability to delay an early marriage. Migration can also expose girls to new ideas and norms and provide autonomy that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Celebrate Solutions: Empower Young People, Improve Our World

Janna Oberdorf | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Janna Oberdorf

This International Youth Day, we must continue to invest in young people, and we must do everything we can to empower them with the tools they need to push for change locally, nationally and globally.

International Youth Day: Migration Can Help Tackle Youth Unemployment But Longer-Term Thinking Required

Jeff Joerres | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Jeff Joerres

Finding decent work is understandably the driving motivation for many of the estimated 27 million young people who make the brave decision to leave family and friends behind and move to another country.

International Youth Day Calls On Young People To Make A Difference

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Clearly, our nation can benefit by engaging people of all ages in service to America. We need to make it as easy as ABC to make all generations feel valued and to strengthen our communities.

Raising Awareness of International Youth Day: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding

Jenny Perlman Robinson | Posted 05.26.2011 | Impact
Jenny Perlman Robinson

International Youth Day is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to dialog and mutual understanding with displaced youth, and more importantly to take concrete steps that improve lives.