“We [need to] make the conscious decision to be on a different trajectory and to never, ever talk about young people as a problem, as a threat, as a vulnerability. The only way that young people would ever fit into any of those categories is if we haven’t done the groundwork to allow them to realize their full potential. And I realize that to some of you in the crowd that sounds like semantics and a whole vocabulary lesson but it’s not. I mean it really has to be about a complete reframing and re-pivoting of how we understand potential and what our responsibility is to unlock that potential for our future—not their future, our future.”
--Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO, Population Action International, Inaugural Co-Lead, FP2020 Rights and Empowerment Working Group
"As concerns about the total number of youth, particularly vulnerable youth...in the world rises, funders, strategists, government officials, scholars, and those in the development and aids sectors have undertaken a concerted effort to include and even prioritize youth in planning for the future."
Brief recap of Kenya Post Office Savings Bank's countrywide essay competition for Global Money Week in March 2014.