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In the Footsteps of Wangari Maathai

by Adam Vink

I’m in Nairobi this week witnessing the astonishing work of 16 young female advocates, as they bring their voices and those of girls across the country to some of the most powerful and influential people in Kenya.

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Encouraging Youth Engagement

by Elizabeth .

Youth Advisory Board Member Elizabeth discusses the importance of encouraging youth.

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Empowering Youth Through YUGA

by Nadyah .

Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) member Nadyah discusses YUGA’s influence on her life and the life of youth.

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For Youth, Now is the Time

by Marisa Haire

Plan International USA Youth Board Member Marisa has a problem with the phrase “Youth are the future.”

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Sustainable Development Goals: Addressing the Role of Young People

by Sara .

The first of a two-part blog from Sara, who is currently at the United Nations headquarters in New York, consulting on youth participation and governance sections within the Sustainable Development Goals.

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A Dangerous Clause to Legally Decrease Child Marriage in Bangladesh

by Nandini Shahla Chowdhury

In Bangladesh, a draft of the Child Marriage Restraint Act has been sent to the Cabinet stating the minimum age of marriage will remain at 18 — but it will come with a clause.


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For More Sustainable Development, Commit to Locally Led Solutions

by Tessie San Martin

Plan International USA CEO Tessie San Martin wrote a recent op-ed for Devex emphasizing the importance of locally led solutions for sustainable development.

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Knowing You Have a Voice Capable of Influencing Action

by Kyle .

As a young person who has been significantly impacted by Plan’s youth-centered programming, I found it imperative to participate in events like International Day of the Girl this past October. It’s empowering to know that your opinion is valued and that you have a voice capable of influencing action.

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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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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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