Youth Impact

Today’s youth understand and care more about development than ever before, inspired by the chance to drive meaningful change, peace and prosperity and eager to use their skills to better their communities and help those in greatest need.

With three-quarters of Yemeni's population under the age of 25, the future of the youth is the future of Yemen. It is critical t
With three-quarters of Yemen's population under the age of 25, the future of the youth is the future of Yemen.
Malak Shaher, USAID/YMEP

Thanks to the transformative power of new technologies, young people are putting their talents to use in the field of development to drive real change--both at home and abroad. At 1.5 billion, today's global youth generation is the largest in history and USAID understands the important role youth play as partners and leaders in development.

International Youth Day 2013

International Youth Day 2013 is focused on Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward. USAID is celebrating by reflecting on the linkages between youth migration and development, exploring the positive aspects of youth migration, and accounting for the risks and challenges young people frequently face when they migrate.

  • Video of the Week: Youth Initiatives in West Bank/Gaza

    This week's "Video of the Week" was produced by youth as part of the Ruwwad Youth Empowerment Project about USAID's youth programming in the West Bank and Gaza.

  • A Day to Celebrate Youth's Contribution to Development

    Posted by Maryanne Yerkes, Acting Agency Youth Coordinator, Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning
    Today is International Youth Day, a day to celebrate youth and their numerous contributions to their communities, nations and the world.

  • Let's Talk About HIV: The Importance of Dialogue and Information in Adolescent HIV Care

    Posted by Bisola Ojikutu, MD MPH, John Snow, Inc., Senior Treatment Officer on AIDSTAR-One
    In recognition of International Youth Day, AIDSTAR-One Senior Treatment Officer discusses the importance of dialogue and information in adolescent HIV care.

  • International Youth Day: My Experience as a "Youthful" USAID Intern

    Posted by Michelle Cho, Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning, Intern
    In celebration of International Youth Day, an intern recounts her experience at USAID.

  • Youth, Urbanization and Health

    Posted by Cate Lane, Bureau for Global Health, Youth Advisor
    In celebration of International Youth Day, Global Health Youth Advisor discusses U.S. Government and USAID’s health programs impacting urban youth.

  • USAID, the State Department, and representatives from the United Nations and Women LEAD participate in a Google+ Hangout about the challenges and troubles young refugees face and the successes youth have achieved. Watch it here.

Learn more about our youth programming

See these highlights of the Agency's efforts to mainstream youth in development, carry out more effective programs, and elevate youth participation.

Last updated: July 28, 2014

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