Every Day is International Youth Day When You’re Promoting Democracy

  • Alison Schafer
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Though International Youth Day comes but once a year—Thursday, August 12, in 2021—young people are working 365 days a year to ensure that their concerns, ideas and even their own political candidates are being heard.

With support from supporters and mentors in offices ranging from the White House to the UN to grassroots campaigns around the globe, young people are advocating for youth advisors to governments, programs to promote young leaders, and votes for young people in politics.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) is also supporting the work and vision of young leaders and promoting their energy, expertise and engagement. 

Generation Democracy is IRI’s flagship program for promoting youth engagement. It is a world-wide network of more than 400 youth leaders in 70 countries. Generation Democracy offers young people a platform to share ideas, best practices, discuss trends, access skills-building webinars and professional development opportunities to help create positive change.

Though IRI does its work in places as diverse as Central Asia and Latin America, it supports bringing young people into politics in the United States, where it is based, as well. To that end, the presence of young democracy advocates at the White House’s Democracy Summit, scheduled for mid-December, is key. All of this is important, of course, because encouraging young people to be politically active is as important in the United States as it is around the globe.

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