In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared August 12 International Youth Day, which recognizes and celebrates young peoples’ views and initiatives. Global celebrations will highlight the importance of youth efforts, collaboration and participation in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

In honour of International Youth Day, it is our pleasure to highlight the work of outstanding young persons from across the Caribbean on the Caribbean Research Empowerment Network. Last month we shared the inspiring stories of Nevar Smith, Commonwealth Youth Award Finalist for 2015, and Teocah Dove, Recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2015. For the month of August, we will continue to showcase the dedicated efforts of Caribbean youths who are using their talents and skills to positively impact their islands.

“A young person’s ability to effectively engage relies heavily on the socioeconomic and political environment in which they live. While access to free and open internet, political demonstrations and peacebuilding initiatives can confer long term benefits to both the individual and community, a lack of decent jobs, limited access to labour rights and social service spending can impose long-term negative consequences on a young person’s life-long ability to engage. Such conditions can also impart long term negative consequences on development and social inclusion more broadly.” - United Nations World Youth Report

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Do you know of a young person who is making an impact in his/her community? Tell us about him/her in the comments below, or interact with us on the Message Boards. We look forward to reading your stories as we celebrate International Youth Day 2016!