Celebrating World Youth Day As cultural exchange enthusiasts we’re in the business of bringing young people into the United States to work, teach, travel and learn.We understand the power and potential of young people to shape the future of the world. We witness the personal and professional growth and the countless stories of undaunted young people realizing their dreams of breaking away from restricted borders to experience a larger and more diverse world. These young people have a thirst for exploration and a hunger for education. They are the hope for humanity and embody the strength of the human spirit to seek, discover and learn.
In the statement below by President Obama, he shares examples of how international youths are changing our world and tackling some of our “toughest global challenges.”
“Today, on International Youth Day, we celebrate the potential and power of young people to shape the future of our increasingly interconnected world. With over half of the global population under the age of 30, young generations will find the solutions to some of our toughest global challenges.
The United States is committed to providing opportunity for young people to ensure they are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also change agents today. Whether it is ensuring boys and girls have equal access to education, building skills to strengthen youth leadership in civil society, business and academia, or providing a young entrepreneur with the capital and network to grow a start-up, we are investing in the potential of the next generation. Through our Young Leaders Initiatives, nearly half a million young people are working together to learn from one another and effect change in their communities.
Youth are often the voices at the forefront of advocating for societies to advance and improve, whether on issues of human rights, technology, climate change, or healthcare. From the activist in Nigeria fighting for disability rights, to the human rights advocate in Egypt defending the fundamental freedoms of all Egyptians to speech, assembly, and association, and the Paraguayan manufacturing low cost prosthetics, young people see a world of endless possibility and are not waiting to take action to do what is right.
Today, we commemorate the energetic spirit of young people worldwide and their ability to improve the future of humanity.”
Alliance Abroad Group celebrates the youth that are working tirelessly today for a better tomorrow. See the President’s statement on the Whitehouse website here.