The world is experiencing an unprecedented youth unemployment bulge. World Youth Skills Day is July 15, designated by the UN to call attention to this unseen crisis.
While many of today’s youth inhabit a world of unlimited opportunity and possibility, millions more are being left out.
There are more youth (ages 15-24) in the world today than ever before – 87% of whom live in developing countries.
Today’s youth are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults.
Nearly half of all the world’s youth – 621 million – are not employed, in education or training!
These youth are stuck – left at crossroads with little opportunity to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, with few choices, many disenfranchised youth are vulnerable to a life of poverty or violence.
Aaron Ausland, Youth Viability and Livelihood Senior Specialist for World Vision International, explains how the YouthReady framework addresses this crisis and prepares youth for work, and for life.