What would happen if social change was led by young people?
People, organizations, and communities all over the world are taking action to fight some of the biggest problems facing humanity. But collectively, their attempts are missing a vital piece of the puzzle.
Last year, the world reached a historic milestone with seven billion people, 1.8 billion of which are youth aged 10 to 24. And of this young population, 90 percent live in developing countries. This generation, the most interconnected generation ever, continues to grow rapidly, and the challenges they face are ever more daunting. Despite facing higher unemployment, more instability, and lower wages than previous generations, studies have found that young people are more optimistic about the future than older generations. UNITE 2030 exists to capture that optimism and passion and convert it to real, tangible impact.
The common misconceptions of the Youth Empowerment Movement
Social change led by young people is all about young people.
Social change led by young people lacks innovation and sophistication.
Young people lack the ability to work together toward a common goal.
A broad youth movement to create social impact exists today, even though youth may not be aware of it. Youth are working for their communities, their families, their cities, and their world. Action that is focused on youth issues often addresses young people as a whole, not isolating other youth because of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Youth-led social change is not new, and with the increase of technology and access to knowledge, the intentionality, innovation, and sophistication of youth led change is evolving rapidly. UNITE 2030 focuses on creating a unified youth movement, helping young leaders to take part in development issues in their country, community, and the world at large.