• Victoria Olanrewaju Benedict


In 1999, the general assembly declared the recommendation made by the world conference of ministers responsible for youth that 12 August be declared international youth day. Since then, it had been commemorated every year.

The international youth’s day (IYD) gives an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ voices, action, initiatives, and also recognize the importance of youth participation in political, economic and social life processes.

The theme of 2020 international youth is “Youth Engagement for Global Action” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels improves national processes.

Youth engagement means allowing youth to be part of decision making processes, involving them to take responsible and challenging actions in order to create positive social change. it is the opportunity to contribute to not only the development the community but of the nation at large.

This year’s IYD seeks to put the spotlight on youth engagement at the local/community level, at the national level (formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation); and at the global level.

Considering the fact that the youth account for the vast majority of the world’s population, therefore if we take their cases into levity, we basically lose them, instead, our communities can do a better jobby creating the services opportunities and support that young people need to develop in healthy ways. From a political point of view, youth engagement is important because young people deserve the right to represent their own interests. Youth civic engagement is also critically important to prepare young people to be active citizens in a democracy.

What are the benefits of youth engagement?

Young people benefit by gaining skills, knowledge, and self-esteem.

Adults benefit by enhancing their own competencies, learning to better understand and value youth, and increasing their commitment and energy to their organizations.

Organizations benefit by improving their programs, gaining community recognition, and attracting funders.

Communities benefit by improving quality of life, coordinating youth services, and authentically embracing diversity by representing young people.



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