The United Nations declared August 12th International Youth Day to celebrate the importance of including youth in discussions of global issues, from the environment to human rights.

This year in particular the celebration highlights the importance of active youth participants in peace and security issues. Young people have proven to be crucial, transformative voices to derail global conflicts and promote social justice and peacebuilding efforts.

In conjunction with International Youth Day, the UN created the World Programme of Action for Youth, which provides a policy framework and practical guidelines to improve the situation of young people. Today, the World Programme Action for Youth’s top priority is education, especially for girls!

With this focus, International Youth Day is the perfect way to launch our first ever Back to School Drive! Our goal is to bring together our community to raise funds for our girls’ many needs in the classroom. The Back to School Drive will run from International Youth day (August 12) to International Literacy Day (September 8). Our goal is to see 250 supporters join us in our efforts to make sure each and every girl is prepared to learn, grow, and lead!

International Youth Day aims to increase the amount of global youth leaders to advocate on behalf of the struggles imperative to their specific social barriers. In the case of our girls, this struggle is access to education. We aim for our girls to become leaders of their communities and advocates for future girls’ education in the spirit of International Youth Day.