Youth Voices

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Youth Voices

Inspired by WBG initiative “Voices of the Poor”, the Youth Voices program seeks to understand the burden of poverty from those who bear it.

First initiated in 2002 by the World Bank Country office in Lima, Peru as Youth New Voices (Voces Nuevas), the program was a voluntary advisory group comprised of 23 young men and women from various backgrounds. The major positive impact the Program had on the ongoing World Bank’s projects in the country were the “young, fresh and innovative” ideas and viewpoints these youth contributed. Replicating and scaling up this youth advisory group in all interested country offices, the current Y2Y’s “Youth Voices” contributes to the Y2Y mission of “empowering, inspiring, and engaging youth around the world”, illuminating new perspectives on poverty for decision makers.