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 »

The Youth Livelihoods Alliance: Joining Forces for Economic Opportunity

A student looks over possible jobs during a career fair for college students in Manchester, New Hampshire, April 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Zeenat Rahman serves as Secretary Clinton’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues.

As I speak with young people from around the globe, I find striking similarities. They are full of innovation, creativity, and talent. People under 30 are the first generation of youth that can consider themselves a global entity. They see themselves as global citizens and want to connect and help one another. With young people now making up over half the world’s population, we have a real opportunity to help them realize their aspirations and help to turn the youth bulge into a youth dividend. Economic opportunity, especially employment, is the most pressing issue facing young people around the world. Getting a job is an important step towards independence, and can be a source of great pride. But too many young people who are seeking jobs are unsuccessful. Reports by the World Bank and the International Labor Organization (ILO) paint a grim picture of youth unemployment. The ILO… more »

The USA Pavilion at Yeosu Expo Student Ambassadors welcome the pavilion’s one millionth visitor on August 9, 2012. [USA Pavilion at Yeosu Expo photo/ Public Domain]

The USA Pavilion at Yeosu Expo Student Ambassadors welcome the pavilion’s one millionth visitor on August 9, 2012. [USA Pavilion at Yeosu Expo photo/ Public Domain]

RT @USEmbassyRiga SecState Clinton will have a townhall meeting with Latvian youth on June 28. You can also ask your question via twitter using ‪#ClintonRiga‬.

Join us for a live chat on Facebook with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Ronan Farrow on Thursday, May 17, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EDT. With youth populations swelling and young people driving global events to an unprecedented extent, Special Adviser Farrow is responsible for implementing and amplifying youth policy and programming throughout the Department. Please submit your questions on Facebook starting now about how the Office of Global Youth Issues empowers young people around the world.