by Jason Schwartzman, ChildFund Team Leader for Child & Youth Involvement
What we have learned from young people in India and across all the countries and communities that we reached out to over the past few months are some central facts:
- Youth everywhere want to play a role in their communities.
- They want to participate in decision making.
- They want to make a difference.
While ChildFund will continue to focus on literacy and education, health and nutrition, livelihood preparation and fostering the resiliency of children of all ages, we are moving rapidly into newer territory — working with youth as partners.
We are bringing young people together to discuss ideas, develop solutions for their own lives and help ChildFund make decisions about its future program offerings. We are talking to youth, we are listening and we are responding to what we learn.