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