what we know
Young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being ignored and overlooked.
WHAT WE DO
We work with young people so that they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, we work with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities.
We are run out of hubs in ten countries across Africa, Asia and in the UK and USA, with a wider network of partners across the world. We have been working with young people since 1985 and our work is led by thousands of young volunteers and advocates every year.
WHAT WE WANT
Young people have powerful voices. We are here to make sure their voices are heard.
WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE SAID
We asked 5000 young people in 64 countries what changes are needed to tackle the big challenges in the world. Whether in a refugee camp on the edge of a conflict or trying to find employment in an urban setting, this is what they told us:
Young people want their voices heard in decisions that matter to them most, from their communities to government.
Young people want to get the skills needed to make a living and succeed in life.
Young people want ownership over the decisions that affect their bodies, health and wellbeing.
Young people want to build strong communities that work together to solve issues they care about.
With all of this power, they can lead in solving any challenges they face.
Hear the stories of three young people changing their communities:
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT THE FUTURE
There are 1.8 billion young people in the world. Half the world is under 30 and nine in ten of these young people live in developing countries. This is the largest youth population there has ever been. We are in an era of what we call Peak Youth.
Young people are often seen as the future. We know they are more than the future, they are the today. This Peak Youth generation are already solving the world’s greatest challenges. Climate, conflict, poverty and rights for all are affected by their decisions.
A MODEL FOR CHANGE
We have developed and tested a model which unleashes power at the heart of communities.
It recognises that change only happens when individuals not only deliver work in their communities, but also influence and inform society. Whether responding to an earthquake or building long-term HIV prevention in schools, real change happens when communities own knowledge, influence and control. It is the youth generation in massive numbers who are ready to achieve this:
Where young people directly improve lives through working in and with communities.
Where young people create and share evidence and understanding of communities where they live and work.
Where young people change the cultural norms, policies and systems that affect people’s lives. Holding decision makers to account for the promises they make.
FIND OUT MORE: