You might not have heard – but Canada recently had an election. And it sent frozen shockwaves through this quiet, often overlooked sister north to the USA. Following the election, Canada’s new prime minister is now also it’s minister of youth: Justin Trudeau recently appointed himself Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth. For the first time in Canadian history, youth is now a part of a prime minister’s portfolio. Is this all show, no substance? What impact will the new governmental youth portfolio have on policies directed at young people in Canada?
As part of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, this piece of research explores the prevalence of LGBTI rights, sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation in national youth policies. By conducted a keyword search of all national youth policies and strategies, we reveal how limited the inclusion of LGBTI issues are within youth legislation. The gaps are plenty of work for campaign movements and organisations, against a background a major successes and fatal challenges for the global LGBTI community.
The upcoming international climate agreement has been on the radar of the environmental governance discourse recently, with momentum building towards reaching an ambitious agreement to stave off dangerous climate change. As emphasis shifts to the national level, the youth climate movement – particularly YOUNGO – could have real influence in shaping a new global agreement. With the Pope on their side, can YOUNGO coordinate the local-global action effectively, and succeed against a history of COP failures?
In 2014, 50% of the world’s population was under 30 years old, with more than the half of the world’s total population living in cities. Today the YouthfulCities Global Summit has kicked off with over 100 urban planners and thinkers attending in Toronto, Canada. The week long summit will conclude with the launch of the latest YouthfulCities Index, which will honour the most youthful city of 2015 based on the most recent data from young people.
When talking about youth-related issues in the European Union, ‘unemployment’ has become one of the buzzwords in the last few years. Since the Union was heavily hit by the crisis in 2007, the employment situation especially in the South has considerably worsened: More than half of young people cannot find decent work. What does this mean for the realities of young Europeans? How have their lives changed? What is their reaction? An insight in what is now known as the “Generation Crisis.”
What happens when you want to know if a campaign to increase youth volunteerism is effective, but then you realise you’re missing some key information: how many young people are volunteers to begin with? While seemingly simple, this piece of basic data is the essential to understanding if interventions are making any impact. The following looks at the limited state of youth participation data, and one Mexican organization’s quest to change that.
“Youth” is everywhere right now. With a massive growth in the number of structures alongside street protests in cities across the world, young people’s participation is in the spotlight. But how is this conceived, written about, debated and experienced by academics, institutions, practitioners and young people? Here are six reasons why traditional youth participation faces real challenges to its legitimacy, purpose, and approaches.