International Youth Day
International Youth Day is August 12.
It was decided on in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, that August 12 would be named International Youth Day. This day is made to raise awareness of the importance and value of youth to our society.
They are our future leaders and representatives. For this reason, on this day we address how important it is to ensure that all children have a safe place to live and grow. These safe places allow them to expand their knowledge, creativity, humanity, and to embrace their self-expression.
Fact: 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones and 24 million of them are out of school.
Many youth live in conflict zones where they are put into spaces with racism, religious discrimination, child labor, and many more issues. On top of that many of them are not in school, which leads them to have a lack of knowledge and understanding needed for our society today. When our youth don’t receive the protection and care that they deserve, it is affecting not only them, but each one of us. They are our future and they are going to be what makes our world function, why not take care of them now? We all must come together to raise awareness of things happening to our youth and be the difference in their lives by raising awareness and making changes where needed.
“The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth.”- John F. Kennedy
“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle
“Youth is the trustee of prosperity” – Benjamin Disraeli
So don’t be afraid to speak up for the youth!! It could make a world of difference!