Young people feel powerful and powerless. They feel strong and vulnerable. They feel like they have a lot of potential but also face huge challenges. And they feel misunderstood.
Voices of Youth is a platform for young people from around the world to share their views, thoughts, ideas and sparks of inspiration. For International #YouthDay, we invited them to reflect on what it means to be a young person in 2022, how they think adults see them, what they hope to change in the world, and the challenges and opportunities they have.
We received responses from around the world. From Chile to Bangladesh, from Mexico to Nigeria, from China to Indonesia, young people have shared how they feel.
On International Youth Day – and everyday – we invite you to take a few minutes to read what they have to say. Follow Voices of Youth on Instagram and Twitter, and share with your followers to keep the conversation going!
If you are between 13 and 24 years old, remember you can always share your thoughts with us.
The Journey of Young Leaders – Arpita, 21, India
The art of cheering people up – Yanmahidayah, 22, Indonesia
#DíaDeLaJuventud (in Spanish) – Melany, 20, Guatemala
Speak up, Be freed – Gideon
You(th) are the future – Ema, Albania
#YouthDay: Hope for change – Faiza, 22
How a 15-Year-Old Began Empowering Youth Voices against Injustice – Nathan, China
#YouthDay poem – Priyanka, India
World's Leaders and the Youth #YouthDay – Maryam, Pakistan
Celebrating International Youth Day – Sean, United States
Stop! And Listen To The Youth - Edriaa, 16, Malaysia
Being young – Gowri, 18
Story of a young girl of generation Z – Taieba, 17, Bangladesh
This ain’t right, chief – Cordelia
Western Balkans diversity – Andja, 19, Serbia
What are the challenges I have faced as a young person? – Gunchaa, 17, India
Hopes and struggles of a youth in Nepal – Preeti , 21, Nepal
The Future of Youth Activism: How Our Votes can Uplift our Society for Generations – Ryo, 17, Japan
What do you want to change in the world? – Fabiola, 18, Chile
#YouthDay - Zoalize, 16
✨ Some sparks about youth✨