Adolescent participation

Youth become agents for positive change in their communities

Youth become agents for positive change in their communities
UNICEF/I. Kapetanovic

Challenge

After early childhood, the second decade of life represents a second chance for adolescents to build the resilience, skills, social and emotional competencies and connections required for a healthy and productive adult life. Investing in adolescents is estimated to bring a ‘triple dividend of benefits’ for adolescents now, for their future adult life and for the next generation, as they eventually may have their own children and families.

Solution

UNICEF BiH focuses on:

  • Building effective, inclusive and sustainable systems and services that adequately respond to adolescents’ needs.
  • Creating and sustaining the opportunities to enhance adolescents’ participation and meaningful contributions, and changing the social norms and behaviours that are preventing this.
  • Strengthening the competencies and skills of adolescents to enable them to contribute to promoting inclusive societies.