Empowering Young People

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.

~ Kofi Annan, Ghana, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations

Women retail skills trainees in Fiji attending a workshop run by the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) South Pacific Regional CentreYouth empowerment is an attitudinal, structural, and cultural process whereby young people gain the ability, authority, and agency to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people.