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Year of Global Africa: Youth Empowerment Program Youth Leadership Summit, 13th-15th  (Special Events)

At present, 1.8 billion of the world's population are youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Eighty seven percent of these young people live in less developed countries. The energy and innovative capacities of these young people, especially concentrated as they are in countries whose overall populations are more youthful, offer potential for economic prosperity, if invested in. The unprecedented levels of unemployment and disenfranchisement is a critical challenge, one that is no longer a concern for the future. It is here, staring at all of us in the face and worsening the longer we wait to act. Today, it no longer matters where you live, the burdens of unemployment, migration, rising inequality, and decreasing democratization is affecting all of us. For too many, being young means being unemployed, excluded from decision-making, limited in their access to productive resources such as financing and land - and, as a result, more vulnerable to unemployment, poverty and sometimes violence and acts of extremism.

Location: Kellogg Center, MSU
Contact: Alexandra Jarvis