International Youth Day: Partnering With Youth to Build a Better World

In this photograph released by Boys & Girls Clubs of America on June 11, 2012, members from area Boys & Girls Clubs gathered in Spring Canyon Community Park in Fort Collins, Colo. to revitalize the park grounds on June 2, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Zeenat Rahman serves as Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues.

This Sunday we will celebrate International Youth Day, and it’s particularly timely that this year’s theme is “Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth.” Secretary Clinton has made partnership a key part of her agenda. Young people comprise more than half the world’s population and we know that we must recognize them as genuine partners. We’ve seen that in countries where young people have opportunities to advance in business, civic participation, and education, societies are more stable. 

Global youth, increasingly powered by new technologies, are among the foremost potential drivers of economic and social progress. The entrepreneurial spirit, energy, and creativity of young women and men is truly inspirational, as is their commitment to improving their local communities. As I connect with young people from around the world, I’m always impressed by… more »

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