Why young people

We want to see the development sector recognise and value the role that young people take.

A young world

There are almost 7.5 billion people in the world and more than half are under 30.

That’s the biggest youth generation ever.

Often undervalued, underestimated and expected to underachieve, we believe young people are in fact one of the most important resources the world has.

It is young people from all over the world who deliver our work. They volunteer their time and energy in their own country and globally. They are ready to take ownership of what is happening in the world, to plan for the future and make a positive impact locally and globally. They are full of creativity, innovation and determination.

Catalysts for change

Young people are more likely to adopt new ways of thinking and doing. They can influence their peers and empower communities to change behaviours. Their affinity with new communications technologies helps get their messages shared and heard.

When young people work in partnership with all sectors of society, from rural communities to business and government, they can be powerful catalysts for change. By working side by side with marginalised communities, young people can improve the quality of services and increase inclusion and collaboration. They empower communities to take social action, bring the spark of innovation, and make sure that no one is left behind.

Diagram illustrating why we work with young people
Delivering the Global Goals

All our work is aligned with, and contributes to achieving, the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Young people are vital to delivering these global goals.

Our volunteers are part of a worldwide movement to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure everyone has peace and prosperity by 2030. The United Nations shares our belief that young people as volunteers are essential to achieving the SDGs.

Find out more about our work

How we do it