Newsday Tuesday: Finding Hope in the World’s Youth


August 12, 2014

On a day where it is easy to have a heavy heart about the world’s many conflicts and problems, we are finding some optimism and energy by looking at the future through young people’s eyes.

Here are some great reads from around the web filling us with hope on International Youth Day.

genUNIn the Huffington Post, United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin says, “Over half the world’s population is under the age of 30. The members of this youth generation — the largest in history — aren’t waiting for the future to arrive to start leading; they are leading now.”

UNICEF Ambassador, singer and Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra spent her International Youth Day with a girls’ program in Chandrapur DNA, reports. Chopra was inspired by the excitement and optimism of the 30 girls she met. “Girls have the ability to transform their own lives, develop their own enterprises.”

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In the Oman Daily Observer, young people are calling for greater awareness and attention to youth mental health issues — the official theme of this year’s International Youth Day.

Finally, this week in Austin, Texas, 80 students from 25 countries are holding their own world peace event. The Austin Global Youth Peace Summit aims to do what many world leaders are struggling with in the halls of power right now — establish a path to healing and peace. Perhaps these young people can get us on our way.


Take Action Challenge

Check out the brand new GenUN site. As an online youth hub for the United Nations Association of the USA, a program of the UN Foundation, GenUN provides resources and opportunities for young people to get involved, lend their unique perspective, and help the UN build a better world for all. Share it with the young people in your life and invite them to sign up and get involved!

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