This national day of awareness for youth worldwide was created in 1999 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The term “youth” is defined the United Nations as people from the ages of 15-24. The program was created to not only bring awareness to the youth of our nations, but to advocate and encourage their creativity, their passion for living, and to help youth around the world understand the power they have to have a positive impact on the present and the future.
Each year since 2000, International Youth Day brings to light the different priorities from the World Programme. The first observance of International Youth Day was held in August 12, 2000. The following years have each focused on a specific international issue regarding youth:
There are 15 areas of priority that were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations:
2010 is an important year in the history of International Youth Day. It has been declared the International Year of Youth, celebrating the past decade of yearly observations and yearly youth accomplishments.