UNICEF and young people

A generation full of potential and the power to change the world

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There are 1.8 billion young people in the world.

Imagine what our world could look like if every single one of these young people were supported and empowered to fulfil their potential?

But right now far too many don’t get to realize their goals, or are unable to contribute to their communities.

Globally, over 200 million adolescents are not in school; and many of those who are, feel like they are not learning the skills that they need. Millions are affected by poverty and violence, living their lives in fear. Too many feel like they don’t have a voice.

We want to see a world where all young people feel empowered, are learning without fear, and gaining the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

We need investment. We need action. We need change.

Introducing Generation Unlimited

By 2030 there will be 2 billion young women and men seeking opportunities for a bright future throughout the world. Generation Unlimited is a global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person is in education, learning, training or employment by 2030. Visit Generation Unlimited

#ENDViolence: Youth speak up

Lilly Singh hears from young people in South Africa

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lilly Singh met with students in South Africa for the first-ever #ENDviolence Youth Talk. During her visit the students discussed how violence impacts their everyday lives - and what needs to be done to change this.

Make your voice heard

No one should be afraid to go to school. Yet for many students around the world, school is a dangerous place. Have you ever felt worried in or around school? We’re asking all young people aged 13-24 to stand up, speak up and help #ENDViolence

Empowering youth through innovation and technology

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Eglantinë was concerned about the exclusion of people with Down Syndrome from her community in Kosovo*. She decided to tackle the challenge through 3D printing. *All references to Kosovo are made in the context of UNSC Resolution 1244

Get involved

Never stop having a vision for the future. Visions lead to conversations. Conversations inspire ideas. Ideas cause action. Action creates change. Change makes for a better world.

Destiny, 19, South Africa