USAID-supported youth leaders step up at Southeast Asian Youth Summit
In a Southeast Asian Youth Summit organized by SEAMEO INNOTECH on June 27-28, 2023, 11 USAID-supported out-of-school youth leaders shared with more than 100 participants from 10 Southeast Asian Countries how they made an impact in their communities through youth-led initiatives in governance, environment, and entrepreneurship—proving that out-of-school youth can also be changemakers in their own communities.
Select upcoming young leaders bring the voice of marginalized out-of-school youth to the international stage.
Part of USAID’s positive youth development approach is preparing young people to be actors in their own development. In its 15 partner cities, out-of-school youth train in communication skills, leadership, planning, and civic engagement. And through youth development alliances, marginalized youth’s voices are heard and influence city plans and policies that aim to serve them better.#
For 21-year-old Nor-Anie Abdullah, attending trainings was one way to cope with the challenges brought about by COVID-19. “[This] pandemic… parang hindi naging productive and year ko, [kaya] naging interested ako na mag-explore,” says...
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