Jamaica Ja REEACH II Project Provides Example of Effective Youth Engagement

The United Nations designated August 12 International Youth Day in 1999, long before many of today’s young people were born. The day carries even greater significance today, as globally, the number of youth is at an all-time high. The world is currently home to 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10-24, the largest youth population ever. With infant mortality declining throughout the world and fertility rates remaining high especially in the developing world, a youth bulge has emerged. In fact, youth under the age of 15 constitute 43 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population. This year’s Youth Day theme, “Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production,” points to the urgency of engaging youth in the attainment of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for a healthier, more sustainable planet.