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Youth - young people aged 15 to 24 -- make up nearly one-third of the world's population. Youth are directly affected by social, economic and political developments around the world. But in many countries, youth are not allowed to be involved in the decisions that shape their societies.

The United Nations declared 1985 as International Youth Year to highlight the important role that youth play in our world and their great potential to help make the world a better place.

Ten years later, the United Nations adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, an international strategy designed to address many of the problems youth around the world face, and to help increase their opportunities to participate in the life of their societies. This blueprint for action covers ten important areas: education, employment, hunger, poverty, the environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure-time activities, girls and young women, and the full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making.

The United Nations declared August 12 International Youth Day, as an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the important contribution youth make and to highlight the goals of the World Programme of Action.

"Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies."

-- Kofi Annan



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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Find out more about issues affecting global youth.

2. Join a youth service group.

3. Volunteer in your community.

4. Organize or participate in an event on International Youth Day and other Do One Thing dates.

5. Support youth organizations.


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Youth Day - August 12

Hafsat Abiola

Clay Aiken

Martin Almada

Kofi Annan

Drew Barrymore

James Bell

Carol Bellamy

Bishop Carlos Belo

Mary McLeod Bethune


Pearl S. Buck

Lauren Bush

Sheryl Crow

Angela Davis

Doris Day

John Denver

Leonardo DiCaprio

Ani DiFranco

Bob Dylan

Marian Wright Edelman

Jane Goodall

Anne Hathaway

Arthur Henderson


Thomas Jefferson


Scarlett Johansson

Barbara Jordan

June Jordan

Ashley Judd

Robert F. Kennedy

Craig Kielburger

Marc Kielburger

Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Naomi Klein

Aung San Suu Kyi

Linda Lantieri

Avril Lavigne

Chief Oren Lyons

Graca Machel-Mandela

James Madison

George McGovern

Ewan McGregor

Margaret Mead

Nina Meyerhof

Ralph Nader

Holly Near

Liam Neeson

Barack Obama

Eboo Patel

Brad Pitt

Natalie Portman

Benjamin Quinto

Ocean Robbins

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Marla Ruzicka

Malika Sanders

George Bernard Shaw

Alicia Silverstone

Lateefah Simon

Maurice Strong

Henry David Thoreau

Mark Twain

Kanye West

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