Elevating Youth Voices Through Youth Councils

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with members of the Embassy Dublin Youth Council at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, December 6, 2012. [State Department photo by Maxwell's/ Public Domain]

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

Over the past four years, Secretary Clinton has prioritized engaging diverse groups of young people around the world, underpinned by the belief that because young people are more connected and engaged to the wider world than previous generations, the United States needs to forge new, meaningful relationships with this cohort. With youth populations burgeoning around the world, young people are a vital component of civil society and the Department of State cannot accomplish its diplomatic goals if young people are marginalized from decision-making processes.

My office, the Office of Global Youth Issues, seeks to support the dialogue and interactions that the State Department’s diplomats have with youth in order to amplify young people’s perspectives and concerns. Underlying all of our activities… more »

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