Loud & Clear: Listening to and learning from what youth say about the world is an interesting collection of youth voices and youth perspectives from young people around the world.
The International Youth Foundation (IYF) published this ebook in December 2017 to bring out twelve thought-provoking stories from young people around the world. These young people are from diverse regions, cultures, and backgrounds, all of whom have insights about the world as it is, and the world as they wish it to be.
One of the authors, Lara Henneman mentions about the 2017 Global Youth Wellbeing Index which assessed the young people’s access – or often lack of access- to opportunities in seven domains. The report was presented at the UN Youth Assembly to highlight the role of young people in contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kim R. McCormick explains in her article, What does Sustainability Mean to the World’s Young People? about her experiences to interview young people in poverty-stricken areas around the world and ask them questions about the meaning of sustainability. Different versions of sustainability were discussed. For example, a youth from Latin America explained ““Sustainability is a way in which I can satisfy my needs without sacrificing resources,” According to another young person from Zimbabwe, “Sustainability means improvement, innovation, creativeness. If I’m not creative or innovative, my business will collapse.” In Kazakhstan, a 16-year-old said that sustainability means to “give a fishing rod, not a fish.”
Vinioles Aquino Mieses in My Hands-On Experience in a NEO Internship in the Dominican Republic highlights the problem in unemployment in her country due to lack of quality education. She further explains about the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) initiative which is working to change this throughout Latin America and the Caribbean by bringing together key stakeholders from the private, public, and civil society sectors to close skills gaps and offer the region’s youth market-driven training.
Matthew Hobson in Meet the Young Team in Kazakhstan Advancing STEM Education talks about the six-person team in Kazakhstan works on IYF’s Chevron-funded Zangar initiative, which equips young women and men in Kazakhstan’s Atyrau region to find and retain employment by coupling life skills development with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
Helena Chambuluka Cikanda (in Young People Voice Ways to Make a Better Future in Mozambique) narrates about Via: Parthways to Work initiative which addresses the reality of mixed livelihoods for youth in Mozambique and Tanzania: unable to find work in the formal sector, these young people work a combination of jobs to earn a living. To provide a broad basis of support, youth who take part in Via receive a mix of life skills training, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, access to financial support, technical training in a market-relevant trade, and job placement support.
IYF (Young People Tell us How They are Fighting Poverty & Driving Sustainability) conducted a survey on International Youth Day (August 12) on the themes of poverty eradication and sustainable consumption and production. Questions included “• How can young people help end poverty? • What does sustainability mean to you in your daily
life? How are young people making their lives, their communities, and the world greener? Responses received were like “If all young people can access work, we can help eradicate poverty” and ““Young people can help reduce and end poverty by first loving their neighbors as themselves, including the development of individual’s finding and fulfilling purpose.”
There are few other stories from other authors and you can download this Ebook for free at this link.