More than 90 articles showcase which youth issues are reported and which are ignored, and paint an intricate picture of how young people and youth policies are covered in the media across the globe. Our extensive overview covers 13 thematic areas, including the employment crisis, politics, participation, online privacy and rights, health and wellbeing, crime and justice, violence and conflict, migration and development, and Post-2015 and the UN.

Youth in the News – May 2013 Edition.

Youth in the News | May 2013 We have organised our media coverage overview thematically:

  1. Media coverage of youth, the crisis and the economy
  2. Media coverage of youth, the crisis and unemployment
  3. Media coverage of youth, politics and participation
  4. Media coverage of youth, politics and public policies
  5. Media coverage of youth, the web, privacy and online rights
  6. Media coverage of youth, values and attitudes
  7. Media coverage of youth, health and wellbeing
  8. Media coverage of youth, crime and justice
  9. Media coverage of youth, violence and conflict
  10. Media coverage of youth, migration and brain drain
  11. Media coverage of youth, development and post-2015
  12. Media coverage of youth, education and learning
  13. Media coverage of youth and the United Nations


Dookeran urges banks: Give young people more financial help
Article by Dixie Ann Dickson for the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian | Geographical area: Caribbean

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran wants the public and private sectors to re-examine the capabilities to provide financial opportunities to young entrepreneurs.

EU budget: Less for cows, more for young people
Article by Peter Matjašič for EurActiv | Geographical area: Europe

The European Union spends more on cows than young people, and that needs to change if Europe is to address its youth unemployment problem and create future opportunities for young people.

Young People Left Out as European Social Fabric Tears
Article by Paul Taylor for Reuters | Geographical area: Europe

European governments have found it easier to trim welfare systems at the edges than to change them radically. It is politically difficult to spend less on the elderly and more on young children and to teach skills and promote employment among those who leave school. The system is struggling, and in some places failing, to cope.

Young people in the west will have to retire at 75
Article by Douglas McWilliams for Public Service Europe | Geographical area: Europe

Our calculations suggest that someone joining the labour force today at around the age of 20 will probably have to work until he or she is 75, if not older, to be able to retire on a decent proportion of pre-retirement income.

The Iron Rice Bowl Is Back: Why Young Chinese Want to Be Civil Servants
Article by Chengcheng Jiang for the Time | Geographical area: China

The desire to land a civil service post is representative of a major shift in attitudes among China’s best and brightest. More and more talented young people are signing up for government jobs.

Old age homes will mushroom as many young people settle abroad
Article by Anjali Subedi for Republica | Geographical area: Nepal

The latest census shows 1.9 million people as absent population. Similarly, according to the census, the country´s elderly population has increased from 6.5 percent in 2001 to 9.1 percent in 2011. Of the total elderly people, 24.2 live in urban and the rest in the rural areas.

Young People Locked Out of Housing Market
Article by Allison Halliday for Realty Biz News | Geographical area: United Kingdom

A report from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) shows how ownership amongst young people has dropped by a third during the past two decades. In 1992 67% of people aged between 25 and 34 owned their own home, compared to just 43% in 2012. The figures are even worse for people aged between 16 and 24.

Young people are screwed… Here’s how to survive.
Article by Ryan Goldberg for the Pando Daily | Geographical area: United States

Parents and grandparents don’t understand the extent to which careers need to evolve in the modern day. No longer can you get a job at some company and expect to stay there for three decades. What you do for a living may not even exist in ten years.

Young Adults Retreat From Piling Up Debt
Article by Neil Shah for the Wall Street Journal | Geographical area: United States

Young people are racking up larger amounts of student debt than ever before, but fresh data suggest they are becoming warier of borrowing in general: Total debt among young adults dropped in the last decade to the lowest level in 15 years.

Young adults are too broke to get loans
Article by Thami Luby for CNN Money | Geographical area: United States

Young adults are in less debt than they were a decade ago, but that’s not a good thing. It’s not because legions of Americans under age 35 have suddenly become fiscally responsible. Their shaky economic foundations either prevent them from qualifying for a loan or even thinking about applying for one, according to those studying the trend.

How young people are getting poorer, in one chart
Article by Suzy Khimm for the Washington Post | Geographical area: United States

In a new study, the Urban Institute examines how wealth accumulation has stagnated for younger generations as a whole host of factors has suppressed their net worth, ranging from higher unemployment and depressed wages to rising entitlement costs.


The Real Crisis: Global Youth Unemployment
Article by Zeenat Rahman for the Diplomat | Geographical area: Global

There is perhaps no issue more important than youth unemployment. Both fledgling democracies and developed nations alike face massive challenges to create pathways to employment for their young citizens. The sheer number of young people globally means they are disproportionately affected by economic and employment policies,usually negatively in today’s economy. An increasing number of young people have become discouraged and left the labor market. Now is the time for meaningful action.

Youth unemployment is one of the world’s biggest challenges
Article by Lynda Gratton for Gulf News | Geographical area: Global

One of the most pressing short-term, and indeed long-term global challenges today is youth unemployment.
Its scale is overwhelming — in some countries, more than 50 per cent of young people have no gainful employment. Why is it that the highly educated graduates of today are doomed to become tomorrow’s forgotten?

The young, the unemployed and the restless in the Maghreb
Article by Oussama Romdhani for Al Arabiya | Geographical area: Africa

In Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, the seeds of discontent, planted by the inadequate policies of the last decades have given birth in recent years to chronic youth protests. Young people in the three countries have been clamoring for jobs and more dignified lives.

European Unemployment: It’s Bad, And Getting Worse, Especially For Young People
Article by Angelo Young for the International Business Times | Geographical area: Europe

Not only is there no end in sight for Europe’s unemployment blues, joblessness is getting worse, and the most severely affected are young people. In response, European Union leaders announced Friday a massive initiative to remedy the plight.

Banks saved, but Europe risks losing a generation
Interview with Martin Schulz by Luke Baker for Reuters | Geographical area: Europe

Europe has spent hundreds of billions of euros rescuing its banks but may have lost an entire generation of young people in the process, the President of the European Parliament said.

EU Youth Guarantee – good intentions, but how can it work?
Article by Stefan Vetter for Deutsche Bank Research | Geographical area: Europe

European youth are increasingly bearing the brunt of the crisis. There are 7.5 million NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) below the age of 25, and 6.5 million more between 25 and 29. The youth guarantee announced by the European Commission is a reaction to this alarming trend. The resolution, however, is only a recommendation for the national governments, which will be responsible for its implementation.

Youth Guarantee: A good start but not the whole picture
Article by Ska Keller and Terry Reintke for EurActiv | Geographical area: Europe

Youth unemployment is still seen as a national problem and a responsibility for the member states. This is also the problem of the EU’s proposed youth guarantee scheme

Young people not trained for job market
Article by Jock Finlayson for the Winnipeg Free Press | Geographical area: Canada

Canada’s jobs machine is chugging along nicely even as the nation’s economy appears to be losing a step. Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey reports that 51,000 jobs were created in February, far more than economic forecasters were anticipating.

Unemployment reform targets uneducated youth
Article by Peter Stanners for the Copenhagen Post | Geographical area: Denmark

Government to force young people to take an education while reducing unemployment benefits for under-30s who are prepared to enter the labour market. Uneducated young people will be the most affected by the government’s reform of the least generous unemployment benefit, kontanthjælp.

Hidden potential: Youth Enterpreneurship
Article by Dinesh Panday for Republica | Geographical area: Nepal

Every year, around 3,50,000- 4,00,000 youth enter the job market in Nepal. But due to lack of employment opportunities, only 10 percent are absorbed in the domestic market, and more than 700 youth leave the country every day, seeking study and/or work opportunities abroad. When young women and men do not find job opportunities, they are more likely to feel excluded from the society and lose their self-esteem. The youth in Nepal have constantly been disheartened by the nation that has given them nothing but disappointment, instability and inefficient government administration.

Palestinian Youth Suffer 
High Unemployment, Frustration
Article by Hazem Balousha for Al Monitor Palestine Pulse | Geographical area: Palestine

A report on the state of Palestinian youth in 2013 by the Sharek Youth Forum, the largest Palestinian civil youth institution, reports that of the 40% of Palestinians who live in poverty, a quarter are young people. Roughly 44% of young people are unemployed, even though just over half of them hold university degrees.

Spain launches youth job drive to fight crisis
Article by Agence France-Presse | Geographical area:

Spain’s government launches a 3.5 billion-euro to help more than a million unemployed young people. It includes reductions in social security payments for self-employed and for companies hiring workers under 30 and over 45.

Youth unemployment: is entrepreneurship the answer?
Article by Gilian Jones for the Financial Mail | Geographical area: South Africa—is-entrepreneurship-the-answer

A transformation audit released last week by the Institute for Justice & Reconciliation (IJR) questions whether youth entrepreneurship, as an alternative to formal employment, has been sufficiently exploited to get young people into jobs, especially since job growth in the private and public sectors is slow.

Millennial Jobs Report: Youth Unemployment at 12.5 Percent
Article by David Pasch for Generation Opportunity | Geographical area: United States

Generation Opportunity, a national, non-partisan organization advocating for Millennials ages 18-29, is announcing its Millennial Jobs Report for February 2013. The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds.


Growing number of EU youth hungry for change, decentralization from Brussels
Article by Peter Oliver for the RT network | Geographical area: Europe

As youth unemployment hits record levels, young people in Europe are mobilizing themselves to change the way they are governed and are wary of bureaucrats in Brussels who they say are attempting to create a European super state.

Under austerity a young generation in Europe turns to the Far right
Article by Harry Merritt for Policy Shop | Geographical area: Europe

One of the most insidious results of the crisis and subsequent austerity policies is the growing allure for the political far right among young people across Europe, which could have major consequences in the future.

A worried European youth
Article by Jimmy Jamar for New Europe | Geographical area: Europe

In the Oude Vismijn, 400 people gathered together for the first citizen dialogue event in Belgium, organised as part of the European Year of Citizens. On the agenda, a debate between EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Jordi Vaquer, Director of the Open Society Initiative. The two-hour discussion covered the future of the EU in a lively debate with contributions worth reflecting on.

Political Activism Surges Among Youth in Argentina
Article by Dina Gonzales for the Global Press Institute | Geographical area: Argentina

Political activism has surged among young people in Argentina in recent years. Youth groups have formed under Argentina’s more than 500 political parties. Young activists in favor of the national government say social programs have restored their faith in politics, while those from opposition groups attribute their activism to growing up in democracy.

Many young people politically-engaged, but not voting
Article by Mike Lloyd for News1130 | Geographical area: Canada

Mike Coledge, President of Canadian Public Affairs for Ipsos Reid, has been collecting statistics on our social engagement for a number of years now and, in his blog, he suggests we are engaging, organizing, and enriching our society online every day. That includes political engagement.

Is budget missing gender?
Article by Sajad Bazaz for the Greater Kashmir | Geographical area: India–19.asp

Now, why there’s need to have gender budgeting? We are living in a system which is plagued in many ways against women and girl. Statistics reveal that child gender ratio at the moment is 914 and continues to decline alarmingly…. We ought to have specific outlays for curbing violence against women and girls. This means specific funds should be earmarked on measures such as rehabilitation of the victims of violence. Even funds are required to bring down the crime rate against the women and girls.

Young and feminised: The Italian parliament after the Tsunami
Article by Marina Forti for Al Jazeera | Geographical area: Italy

Italy witnesses a political tsunami as the latest elections reveal a rejuvenated and feminised parliament.
Here lies a message that should be read carefully in Italy and in all Europe in these times of crisis. Beppe Grillo is a mercurial character, with a penchant for authoritarian rhetoric, who skilfully manages social media. Now, his movement may have no coherent political platform, but it attracted the younger voters because to them, it represents a real change: new political personnel, new languages, and a new attention to issues that matter to a younger generation.

Italian Elections: Europe’s Lost Generation Finds Its Voice
Article by Fiona Ehlers, Julia Amalia Heyer, Mathieu von Rohr and Helene Zuber for Der Spiegel | Geographical area: Italy

For years, Europe’s young have grown increasingly furious as the euro crisis has robbed them of a future. The emergence of Beppe Grillo’s party in Italy is one of the results — and is just the latest indication that disgust towards European politics is widespread.

In Jordan, young people are finding innovative ways to practice politics
Article by Amelia Smith for Middle East Monitor | Geographical area: Jordan

Electoral reform, or lack of representation in the parliament in Jordan has been a bone of contention for years; as a result many young people are now channelling their frustration into social media, a phenomenon which has long been part of the Arab Spring. Hampered with restrictions in Jordan’s official political system, young people in Jordan have founded a self-funded, alternative parliament on Facebook in order to oversee a traditional counterpart many feel does little more than provoke disappointment and symbolise failed reforms.

The Elections in Jordan: People Want Evolution, Not Revolution
Brief by Udi Dekel and Orit Perlov for INSS Insight | Geographical area: Jordan

This brief sheds light on the discussion on Jordanian social networks about the 2013 parliamentary elections in Jordan. It analyzes the three main issues discussed in these forums, ranging from the roadmap of King Abdullah II and the consequences of the “Arab Spring” for Jordan, to the election results.

Youth exploitation is dangerous
Article of the New Dawn | Geographical area: Liberia

A very bad practice is again creeping in our society, involving the mobilization of young people by people in government and politicians to get at perceived enemies or to popularize selfish intentions. Our young people are being given few dollars rather than skills to go in the streets to pull down one personality and hail another.

Libyan Youth Voices – The Real Voices of a Revolution
Article by Natasha Lipman for the Huffington Post | Geographical area: Libya

The Libyan revolution represented hope for its youth. Inspired by movements in Tunisia and Egypt before them, it signified a chance for them to put a stop to the oppression that their countrymen endured under the regime; to finally flush out and heal the wounds that only festered over time.

Pakistan Elections Approach, But Young People Favor Military Or Shariah Law Over Democracy
Article by Jacey Fortin for the International Business Times | Geographical area: Pakistan

Pakistani youth are cynical, pessimistic and strikingly conservative, according to the results of a new survey. The report, “Next Generation Goes to the Ballot Box,” was published Tuesday by the British Council, a global cultural relations organization.

Youth at the crossroads
Article by Khalid M. Warraich for the Daily Times Pakistan | Geographical area: Pakistan\24\story_24-4-2013_pg3_6

The dilemma with Pakistan is its continued inability to provide the appropriate political and economic frameworks for enhancing the productivity of its youthful population. In this respect, the future of Pakistan’s economic and social transformation depends on its ability to effectively transform its large youthful population into a demographic dividend.

When dropout youth become political endorsers
Article by Esther L. Baraceros for the Philippine Daily Inquirer | Geographical area: Philippines

Comprising a big number of voters in one region or district, the youth as a constituent body have the capacity to turn in election results that are quite decisive. Thus, a number of candidates seem to be in a race or contest to tap the most popular young celebrities adored by millions of fans as their candidacy endorsers or campaign leaders. However, one can’t help but doubt the capacity of these young celebrities to guide their fellow youth in intelligent voting.

Russia’s youth demands change, not revolution
Article by Svetlana Smetanina for Russia beyond the headlines | Geographical area: Russia

Sociological studies have shown that the current generation of young Russians is critical of the authorities and skeptical of the opposition. In addition, young people are becoming increasingly interested in charity work and volunteering.

Gay Marriage 2013: Who Are the 26% Of Young People Against Gay Marriage?
Article by Hannah Ridge for Policy Mic | Geographical area: United States

This issue is particularly important now, as Supreme Court considers California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, a battle activists fear they will lose. Some take a long view and argue that, as with abortion, the opposition will flourish despite of or because of the Court.

Vallejo boy, 11, youngest member of a participatory budgeting panel
Article by Rachel Raskin–Zrihen for the Times-Herald | Geographical area: United States

The youngest person involved with Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting process, the 11-year-old home-school student says he wants “to learn everything there is to know” about how this city runs. He’s also recently interviewed a city employee to earn a Boy Scouts community citizenship badge and does an annual lemonade stand to benefit pediatric cancer research.

Don’t write off millennials just yet
Article by Linda Stokes and Alan Smith for the Salon Media Group | Geographical area: United States

Twenty-somethings aren’t nearly as politically disengaged as older generations like to paint them. We’re less interested in big government vs. small government than we are in better government — making our democratic systems more inclusive and more responsive. On the other hand, despite seeing government as a theoretically important tool, this generation is opting out. We don’t see ourselves reflected in the decision-making process in our governments, in the values undergirding policies, or in the issues being debated by our representatives.

Young Women Too Smart To Go Into Politics
Article for Science 2.0 | Geographical area: United States

Though every election has high-profile female candidates and elected officials, a new paper conducted by American University Women and Politics Institute director Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox of Loyola Marymount University says that young women are less likely than young men ever to have considered running for office, to express interest in a candidacy at some point in the future, or to consider elective office a desirable profession.


Africa’s youth impatient for generation change
Article by Thomas Mösch for Deutsche Welle | Geographical area: Africa

In North Africa, young people’s frustrations drove them to topple their leaders. There has been no youth-driven revolt in sub-Saharan Africa, but the frustration is no less palpable.

A Special Strategy For Youths
Article by 7News | Geographical area: Belize

Very regularly in this newscast, we report on different government initiatives targeting youth development. These initiatives are designed by experts who are – in most instances – adults, but today, the Government of Belize launched a new venture: the National Youth Development Policy.

Youth are Lebanon’s salvation
Article by Hussein Dakroub for the Daily Star | Geographical area: Lebanon

Young people hold the key to the country’s survival, according to Lebanese American University President Dr. Joseph Jabbra, who urged politicians from rival camps to set aside their disputes and focus on this critically important part of society.

Youth Impact on Scotland’s independence referendum
Article by George Angus West for the Independent | Geographical area: Scotland’s-independence-referendum/

Last week students at two of Scotland’s premier universities held significant events for the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014. On Thursday, University of Glasgow held the first mock-ballot referendum asking the official question approved by The Elector Commission, an independent review group: “Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes/No.” The same question will be asked on the official referendum next year.

2011 riots inquiry recommendations ignored by government
Article by Vikram Dodd for the Guardian | Geographical area: United Kingdom

The government has been accused of implementing just a few of the changes demanded by an inquiry it established to stop a repeat of the 2011 riots in England.

The government does not care about young people
Article by Caroline Mortimer for the Independent | Geographical area: United Kingdom

While the government and the opposition lock horns over semantics and hyperbole in the warm cocoon of the Commons chamber, young people continue to struggle through their unpaid work experience placements everywhere from Poundland to Parliament itself. They face choosing whether to pay down their mounting debt, cover rent or heating bills and generally wonder whether it will ever get better.

Young Immigrants Fight for a Place and for Access to Health Care
Article by Rob Waters for Forbes | Geographical area: United States

Thanks to the executive order issued last year by President Obama, she and as many as 1 million other undocumented immigrants under age 30 are no longer at risk of being deported. But they remain at risk of having health conditions go untreated.

Vietnamese government to invest in online social network for youth
Article by Tuoitrenews | Geographical area: Vietnam

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the Government has agreed to invest in the building of a social network on the Internet for young people.

Education Minister receives draft Virgin Islands Youth Policy
Article on BVI News | Geographical area: Virgin Islands

The Chairman of the Virgin Islands Youth Policy Committee Ms. Drusilla Fahie recently handed over the draft Youth Policy to Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn.


‘Like’ it or not, privacy has changed in the Facebook age
Article by Helen Lewis for the Guardian | Geographical area: Global

The latest concerns over privacy stem from a Cambridge University-led study, which found that by “liking” Facebook groups or pages, users were unwittingly giving away far more about themselves than they realised. As the Guardian reported, the researchers were able to infer “race, IQ, sexuality, substance use, personality or political views” from the data – and so could anyone else who wanted to.

Youth activism stops behind computer screens
Article by Jonatan Polson for the Bullet | Geographical area: Global

Today’s youth will change their profile picture to show they stand for gay rights, or they will tweet about their desire for gun control, but how many actually make the move to call their senator or campaign for someone who supports their wants remains few and far between.


Fun, Fun, Fun – Millennials Want To Have Fun At Work
Article by Karl Moore and Kyla Mandel for Forbes | Geographical area: Global

Undoubtedly there is a fine line where fun becomes unprofessional and unproductive, but tapping into the right balance is where you can find the golden nugget. For the next generation entering the workforce, this trend inspires hope that no longer should fun and professionalism be at odds.

Young people ignore racial differences
Article by Brendan Manning for the Rotorua Daily Post | Geographical area: New Zealand

A generational shift may be taking place in New Zealand’s racial landscape. 
Retired Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says despite headlines about anti-Muslim rants and instances of discrimination, he is upbeat about a change in Kiwi attitudes.

Aid work: an alternative to army service
Article by Gabriele Ochsenbein for Swiss Info | Geographical area: Switzerland

Some 15,000 young Swiss men performed community service last year instead of joining the army; 162 of them were deployed overseas. Serving abroad is a little known option that makes high demands of recruits.

Generation self: what do young people really care about?
Article by James Ball and Tom Clark for the Guardian | Geographical area: United Kingdom

A new survey suggests young people have abandoned the traditional values of the left. But is the truth that they feel less connected to society than their parents once did?


Are Online Relationships Healthy for Young People?
Article by Jim Taylor for the Huffington Post | Geographical area: Global

There are several questions that you must ask as your children immerse themselves in this connected world. First, are the relationships that they build online healthy or harmful? Second, do they foster your children’s long-term positive development? Third, given that disconnecting them from this virtual world is unrealistic, how can you ensure that their online relationships are positive and life-affirming?

Sexualisation of the young is becoming society’s cancer
Article by Steve Biddulph for the Age National Times | Geographical area: Global

The term sexualisation originated in child protection work. It refers to sexual behaviour imposed on someone, as opposed to arising from their own yearnings or desires. Government reports have been carried out worldwide into the phenomenon, and concern has grown that it is a serious problem for the development of girls and boys. Our whole environment is overtly sexual now and it is changing a once-private activity, with considerable emotional intensity, into a consumer activity with no meaning at all. Little wonder we have one of the most depressed and lonely generations of young people ever.

Social media, suicide prevention and young people: Time for collaborative action
Article by Michelle Hughes for Crikey | Geographical area: Australia

One of the challenges we have in terms of understanding suicide prevention is that the research is having trouble keeping up with the technology. While there is a definite need for rigorous research, waiting for enough research and the right type of research to be funded, completed and released before even considering ‘doing something’ is too risky a proposition.

Suicide is number one cause of death among young women in India
Article by Liat Clark for Wired | Geographical area: India

Self harm has replaced maternal disorders as the leading cause of death among women aged between 15 and 49 in India, a study covering 187 nations has revealed. The study documents a 126 percent rise in suicides among young women across that period. The shocking statistics support a growing body of evidence that indicate it’s an increasing problem in the country.

Situation of children in Iraq a neglected crisis
Article on BBC News | Geographical area: Iraq

The situation of children in Iraq is one of the world’s most neglected crises. Violence is increasing, life expectancy is falling and children are falling behind in education. Nearly 700 children and young people were killed in the last five months.

A Young Doctor Fights The Depression Epidemic In Palestine
Article by Bruce Upbin for Forbes | Geographical area: Palestine

Forty percent of Palestinians are clinically depressed, a rate unmatched anywhere in the word. It’s more than triple that of the U.S., ten times higher than in the U.K., and four to eight times higher than in Scandinavia, where the sun doesn’t shine for a good part of the year. It’s a tragic fact but Palestine is an ideal place for depression research because of its young population, for whom the impact is much worse than for old people.

South Africa fails to put sexual health policy into practice
Article by Frederika Whitehead for the Guardian | Geographical area: South Africa

Sex education in the country has improved, but young people do not have access to contraception and HIV testing.

How new digital technology is helping young people to cope with mental illnesses
Article by Mei Leng Yen for the Independent | Geographical area: United Kingdom

With digital technology developing rapidly, it’s important that our mental health services also evolve. Imagine wanting help or advice, but feeling utterly unable to leave your bedroom. You could reach for your laptop or phone to find an online counsellor to write to. You might download a meditation app to help you focus your thoughts, or activate an alert system that can notify your closest friends that you could do with a chat or a visit.

Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other wealthy nations
Article by Sarah Boseley for the Guardian | Geographical area: United States

Damning official report on US health finds death and disease taking huge toll on population, particularly among young. Unless action is taken, the report says, the health of Americans will probably continue to fall behind.


Survey: Drug & Alcohol Use Among Young People
Article on Bernews | Geographical area: Bermuda

A recent survey provided data to suggest that young people in Bermuda may be experimenting with alcohol and drugs at an earlier age than previously suspected, in some cases as low as 9 years old, Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley said in the House of Assembly.

We need a fresh approach to youth justice
Article by Jeremy Corbyn for the Morning Star | Geographical area: United Kingdom

Youth crime is a massive national problem – but the conventional narrative of crime and justice gets it wrong.

Juvenile Justice Is Taking a Positive Trajectory – Will it Be Hurt by Harsh Gun Laws?
Article by Yana Kunichoff for Truthout | Geographical area: United States

The recent calls for mandatory minimums for gun possession in light of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and the rising urban violence Chicago have led some advocates to wonder what effect this will have on the trend away from incarceration in juvenile justice reform.

The Numbers Behind the Dramatic Drop in Youth Incarceration
Article by Sarah Boslaugh for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange | Geographical area: United States

Anyone concerned about the incarceration of young people in the nation will find both good news and bad news in ‘Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States,’ a new KIDS COUNT data snapshot from the Annie E Casey Foundation.


Dispatch from Cairo: The pyramid scheme of violence-ravaged Egypt
Article by Jacob Lippincott for the Week | Geographical area: Egypt

In today’s Egypt, incompetent middle-aged employees hold onto jobs until death, while qualified young people languish — and drift toward deadly rioting. This violence is not incidental. Egypt’s youth, faced with bleak economic prospects and a lack of political representation, are lashing out at all symbols of the state.

The Perils of Unfulfilled Indian Youth
Article by Rupa Subramanya for the Wall Street Journal | Geographical area: India

Could the frustration of India’s youth help explain the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence against women in India today? There are many factors that could drive such behavior, of course, and it’s important not to overstate any one factor’s impact. But it’s certainly worth exploring the role of economic and social frustration.

Let first generation of peace escape traps of divided past
Article by Christopher Moran for Belfast Telegraph | Geographical area: Northern Ireland, Ireland and UK

We now have our first generation entering adulthood that has lived during relative peace. One might expect young people who didn’t endure daily digests of sectarian murder to make a significant departure from the entrenched mindsets of our past. Unfortunately, events in recent months bear out a different reality.

Two million children are Syria’s ‘forgotten victims
Article by David Wilcock for the Independent | Geographical area: Syria

As many as two million children have had their lives torn apart by the bloody conflict in Syria as the fighting enters its third year with no end in sight. These “forgotten victims” are at constant risk of malnutrition, disease, trauma and, in the case of girls, being married off at a young age in a bid to protect them from burgeoning sexual violence.

New film reveals the unheard voices of the 2011 London riots
Article by Mary O’Hara for the Guardian | Geographical area: United Kingdom

An Oxford law graduate who was arrested during the 2011 riots in London, has made a documentary that challenges the depiction of the rioters as mindless criminals.


The New Guest Workers: A German Dream for Crisis Refugees
Article by 9 young journalists for Der Spiegel | Geographical area: Germany

A new generation of highly qualified immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe is seeking a future in Germany. Young, well-educated and multilingual, they are precisely what the German economy needs to ensure success in the future. The country has its work cut out if it wants these ‘godsends’ to stay.

Young Moroccans intend to emigrate
Article by Siham Ali for Magharebia | Geographical area: Morocco

A new study revealed that 42% of Moroccans would like to live abroad. And the intention to emigrate is greatest among young people.

Letter From Poland: Smart, Young, Unemployed – and Leaving
Article by Pawel Wita for | Geographical area: Poland

The unemployment rate for young educated Polish people will hit 30% this year. But Poland remains one of the quietest countries in the region. Nobody protests – because people are leaving.

Young Spaniards Exiled by Unemployment
Article by Independent European Daily Express | Geographical area: Spain

Unemployment has affected young women slightly less than young men: 53.89 percent compared to 56.24 percent. But all of them face the same problem: the fact that they have not paid into the social security system, which means they are not eligible for unemployment benefits, unlike older jobless people. They are forced to emigrate to other countries – and many of them do.

Sharp drop in immigration is due to fewer foreign students
Article by Andrew Grice for the Independent | Geographical area: United Kingdom

A sharp fall in net immigration was due largely to a drop in the number of students entering the UK, despite David Cameron’s pledge that the Government wants to attract the brightest and best young people from overseas.


Inequality and accountability key to post-2015 development
Article by Mark Tran for the Guardian | Geographical area: Global

The post-2015 development agenda must confront inequality and needs to have stronger accountability mechanisms if the world is to eradicate poverty by 2030, Save the Children argues and outlines its proposals for the development agenda after the millennium development goals expire in 2015.

Post-2015 development agenda must address youth issues – new UN Envoy
Article by UN News Agency | Geographical area: Global

The process of establishing a post-2015 development agenda must include youth input and participation to reflect the issues that concern them, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Envoy on Youth stressed today in his first press conference since he assumed office.

Ahmad Alhendawi, newly appointed UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, on post-2015
Article by Rudina Vojvoda for UNICEF Newsline | Geographical area: Global

On his second day in this new position, Mr. Alehndawi spoke with UNICEF’s podcast moderator Femi Oke about the post-2015 development agenda.

Research Finds Vibrant Youth Potential in World’s Youngest Nation
Article by San Francisco Chronicle | Geographical area: Uganda

A new report called ‘The Youth Watch 2012’ recommends development programs shift toward a wider, more integrated approach to youth development.


The young must be educated against sexual harassment
Article by Fung Keung for China Daily | Geographical area: China

Apart from more spending by the government to educate students on the seriousness of sexual harassment, school and university administrators should also do a better job. It is disappointing to note that most schools have adopted an “ostrich policy” in response to incidents of sexual harassment on campus.

National tests fail 98.6% of all students
Article by the Dominican Today | Geographical area: Dominican Republic

98.6 percent of the students in the elementary and high school levels who took the national tests during the 2011-2012 period failed all four subjects in the first round, by not reaching the required 65 points.

Youth are teaching dialogue skills in Cairo
Article by Vanessa Bassil for the Daily Star | Geographical area: Egypt

Young people who participate in these events explore each other’s ideas through a theater genre known as monologue, where they describe something they experienced during the Egyptian Revolution from their personal perspective and give arguments that support social and political change. They further debate their opinions in a respectful manner necessary for fruitful discussions.

Why girls in India are still missing out on the education they need
Article by Rachel Williams for the Guardian | Geographical area: India

As the 2015 deadline for the millennium goal on primary education looms, the experiences of girls and women such as Meena, Gulafsha and Sumen have a particular resonance. On current trends, a Unesco-commissioned report concluded in October, the goal will be missed “by a large margin”.

Rural youth lack quality vocational training
Article by the Saigon Daily | Geographical area: Vietnam

According to the latest survey on vocational training for youth in rural areas by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, only 30 per cent of young people receive vocational training.


Ban calls on world’s youth to take the lead on global issues
Article by UN News Agency | Geographical area: Global

Speaking at a youth event at the Fifth Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Ban told delegates representing “the largest generation of young people the world has ever known” that the world was waiting for their contribution on a host of urgent issues.

UN forum urges young innovators to use science and technology to change the world
Article by UN News Agency | Geographical area: Global

The forum’s theme focuses on leveraging science, technology, innovation and culture to improve societies. Participants are ‘tomorrow’s innovators’, including youth representatives from Member States, students and young entrepreneurs with science and technology backgrounds and youth-led non-governmental organizations.

Youth to showcase their solutions to environmental challenges at UN conference
Article by UN News Agency | Geographical area: Global

Some 250 youth delegates from over 100 countries will examine ways in which young people can directly tackle today’s most pressing environmental issues at a United Nations conference that kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya.

Youth and the UN – A conversation with Ahmad Alhendawi
Article by Youthpolicy Team | Geographical area: Global

In the first episode of our podcast “Stirring up the grounds”, the new UN Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, joins us to look at his first work plan, to reflect on the commitments he is making, and to discuss how youth policy and the youth sector have to change.

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2 Responses to “Youth in the News – May 2013: The economy, unemployment, online rights, health, education, violence and more..”

  1. Ellie

    Nothing on the environment/sustainability/climate change?

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