As I work with young people around the world, I find it helpful to monitor trends, issues, and challenges affecting them. That’s why I keep a Twitter list of people and organization working with young people. If you want to subscribe to this list, head over to: https://twitter.com/mightyrasing/lists/young-people.
If you didn’t already know, the United Nations General Secretary has an Envoy on Youth. That office has come up with #YouthStats, which is a cool resource for youth leaders and youth workers around the world.
Click on the image below to go to the #YouthStats page:
Each of the icons above correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations came up with after the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals.
You can even download each section into PDF, which will come in handy for youth workers with limited internet connection.
How to use this list of #YouthStats:
- Consult the list of trends and challenges listed on each page as a benchmark for planning programs in your settings. But don’t rely blindly on these stats, since they are aggregated. Verify with some young people in your own context and adjust accordingly.
- Follow the link on each trend/issue to download a PDF of a more in-depth analysis of each statement. This is important for leaders and youth workers who want to analyze further and look for region-specific data.
- Remember that data are useless unless you plan to use them to help young people in your area. Don’t just display your knowledge of these issues and trends. But use them to make a difference in the lives of the young people you work with.