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The Youth Bandwagon

by Tessie San Martin

Last week, we celebrated International Youth Day. But, even without an official United Nations-sanctioned day to provoke commentary, it seems as if everyone has something to say about this demographic. It is interesting that the UN’s definition seems to be more about what this demographic can be than what it is: Youth, it states, “is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as members of a community.” Youth, it seems, is about potential. Let’s come back to that in a bit.

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YUGA Leadership Summit: My Seat Next to Hope

by Tracy Allen

Last Friday, we ended the week-long 2014 Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Leadership Summit. Kids who had been there before knew that I would be very emotional sharing what I got from the week and my feelings about each and every one of the participants as they head out to make a difference in the world.

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Youth Input is Important for Plan International

by Sara Moore

I am proud to be part of a Plan International initiative to include young people in its decision making.

Because Plan is an organization dedicated to empowering children and youth to realize their full potential, it only makes sense that young people have a say in decisions that affect them.

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Global Youth Well-being Index Provides New Tool for Youth Development

by Katie Appel

Policy makers, donors, program implementers, communities, and youth themselves now have a tool to analyze the well-being of youth from diverse geographic regions and socio-economic backgrounds in 30 countries.

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The U.S. Global Development Lab: Leveraging Energy, Passion, and Ideas

by Tessie San Martin

I don't have all the statistics to back this up, but it seems to me that young Americans’ interest in becoming engaged with some aspect of international development has never been higher. A record number of US universities today have some form of global development studies program.

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Congrats to the Alliance for International Youth Development on the Launch of the Guiding Principles

by Katie Appel

Last week, I attended the launch event for the Alliance for International Youth Development’s Guiding Principles. I would like to first commend the Alliance for its leadership role in crafting this significant document. The Guiding Principles, compiled through the efforts of dozens of youth-serving organizations, outlines a framework of promising practices for positive youth development.

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Happy International Youth Day!

by Dounia Bredes

When I first started as the Youth Outreach and Marketing Coordinator at Plan, I thought that I was going to have to work hard to get teenagers interested in global issues. It didn't take me long to realize that I was wrong — that is, I was wrong to think that teenagers weren't interested. They were. They told me, though, that they just didn't see what they could do in order to really (honestly, seriously) make a difference. How could they make a dent in something as big and complex as global poverty, gender equality, or clean water? It was, and still is, pretty daunting.

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A Week of Leadership

by Dounia Bredes
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Because They Are Girls

by Tessie San Martin
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Letter from El Salvador: Voice of Youth Gets Us All Thinking

by Nigel Chapman
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Plan Youth at the InterAction Forum

by Dounia Bredes
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Reflections From a Former Plan-Sponsored Child

by Plan International USA
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