45% of youth respondents from over 120 countries say they know about the Sustainable Development Goals and are willing to act on Quality Education (48%), No Poverty (33%) and Good Health and Well-Being (29%), according to the YouthSpeak Survey by AIESEC.
How can we engage youth? When we say engage, we mean working side by side; we mean truly understanding what motivates today’s youth.
The current Youth Generation — the largest the world has ever known, the vast majority of whom live in developing countries — has unprecedented potential to advance the well-being of all humankind. Through the YouthSpeak Survey, AIESEC explored youth’s hopes and the challenges to their taking action and contributing to a better world; their journey from higher education to employment; and their ideas on how they would like to be engaged.
More than 160,000 young people in over 120 countries and territories raised their voices, in order to engage government, business, the NGOs and educators.
The findings indicate that youth’s biggest fears are a lack of humanity, war, climate change, lack of resources and corruption. However, youth are willing to get involved to solve the most pressing issues. Young people show their particular desire to act on the goals of Quality Education (48%), No Poverty (33%) and Good Health and Well-Being (29%). Regarding awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, 45% of respondents said they knew about the SDGs before the Survey.
However, they still name government as the biggest influencer of societal changes.
The most trusted information sources for Millennials are their academic leaders, parents and friends, while senior managers and public figures rank the lowest. Young people consider practical experiences, working groups, mentoring and volunteering as the most useful learning methods.
The survey data and report provides decision-makers with key insights into global youth opinion and how we can bridge the gap between young people and decision-makers across sectors.
This article was prepared by Federico Restrepo, Youth 4 Global Goals Manager and Tatiana Landysheva, Vice President Public Relations, AIESEC International at the request of UNESCO to make available data evidence on the SDG target 4.7. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and should not be attributed to UNESCO. For further information, please visit AIESEC website http://aiesec.org.