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Youth Engagement

The Youth Engagement and Action Team at Plan International USA works in the United States to involve students and youth, as well as teachers and adult allies, in taking action on global issues.

No matter whether you are a student or a teacher, a teenager or an adult, you can join us in tackling the world's toughest issues. Find out how you can get involved in our latest youth campaigns!



We work primarily with teens (ages 13-18), as well as teachers, adult allies, and youth workers.




We focus on raising awareness of global issues and raising funds to support Plan's development projects.







The Youth Engagement and Action team believes that young people have the power to change the world. Our mission is to build a youth-led grassroots movement that creates a world where all people live in just and sustainable societies.



Plan’s youth engagement began after the Global Connections Youth Conference in 2004. At the conference, students from the northeast United States came together with young people from 30 different developing countries. The experience was so powerful that the teens wanted to stay involved in Plan’s work after the conference, and so they founded the first chapter of Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA), now a flagship youth program at Plan.