The current generation of young people is faced with a world of unlimited potential: it is a world of expanding connectivity, enhanced mobility and unprecedented technological progress. However, the world is also challenging to navigate –young people are facing enormous challenges due to globalization, displacement, shrinking civic space, changing labour markets and the impact of climate change. That is why UNICEF launched Generation Unlimited (GenU), a global multi-sector partnership to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 24, on an unprecedented scale.
GenU’s mission is to co-create and support investment opportunities, programmes and innovations at a large scale, all the while keeping young people at heart of the partnership. Because young people viscerally understand the challenges that they face and have the ambition to come up with the most relevant solutions. A big part of our work is helping ensure that young people have the skills to advocate for their needs in a manner that is engaging, impactful and long-lasting because once young people learn how to best capture an audience and open their minds towards the challenges they are facing in terms of lack of labor market skills, lack of quality education, lack of access to jobs, lack of entrepreneurship opportunities and lack of civic engagement, then there will be real hope for the future.