Young people are being hit the hardest in the economic downturn. The numbers of unemployed youth worldwide are rising. What can be done about it? These are the dominant themes of the Spring 2009 edition of YOUth, the award-winning publication of the International Youth Foundation. In its “Spotlight” article, experts in the field of youth employment discuss global trends, the strategies for success, and the continuing  challenges facing today’s young people as they struggle to join the job market.  

Also in this issue, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari speaks passionately about the role young people can play in rebuilding countries shattered by war, and Tanzania’s Minister of Education extols the benefits of a new low-cost technology-based initiative now boosting learning in some of his country’s poorest schools. Johnson & Johnson also sheds light on their company’s CSR philosophy and plans to expand work in Africa.  

YOUth provides a global audience of corporate executives, civil society organizations, governments and youth leaders with news and commentary on positive youth development. Readers can also learn directly from the beneficiaries of IYF programs. In this latest edition, the teenage daughter of Chinese migrant worker shares her story and a young social entrepreneur working with impoverished women in Brazil speaks out.