Think about this: 40% of the human faces that greet the new millennium will be less than 20 years old. The profound changes signaled by this demographic shift will challenge the human family in such areas as social stability, security, economic development, and the environment. Eighty percent of this young population will be in developing, emerging, or transition economies. Their lives, and the resources they have to fulfill their potential, shape our common future.
GPYD brought together business, government, NGOs, and people in new ways to address the opportunities created by these young ones. GPYD was all about partnerships-the dynamic relationships that empower the development of a better, more productive, future. We have the notion that we can build a better future together than we can even imagine alone.
The new millennium belongs to the young, and GPYD seeks to make it worth owning. We choose the pathway to a brighter future.
Pathways of Opportunity
The specific objective of GPYD was to study, promote, and invest in good examples of tri-sector partnerships in youth development around the world. The four pillars through which GPYD will meet this objective are:
American Express, Ayala Corporation, Business and Youth Starting Together, Cisco Systems, Financial Times, Hill & Knowlton, International Youth Foundation, Iridium LLC, Kellogg Company, Lions Club International, Microsoft, Nike Corporation, Petroleos de Venezuela, Quest International, Shell International, UNESCO, USAID, Visteon Automotive Group, World Bank Group, World Vision, Youth Service America.
GPYD was co-convened by the Kellogg Company, the World Bank Group (WBG), and the International Youth Foundation (IYF).
IYF provided a coordinating and leadership role in realizing successful outcomes for GPYD goals and objectives. IYF also served as the Secretariat for the partnership, coordinated communication strategies, developed and maintained a global information base, and provided progress and financial reports on the activities of GPYD. IYF assisted in the coordination and implementation of focus projects, provided specialized training and technical assistance, and provided additional management services.
Travel and Tourism Programmes, Brazil (American Express)
American Express offers young people opportunities in the travel and tourism industry by creating partnerships between schools and tourism authorities.
Children's Hour (International Youth Foundation in collaboration with an expanding network of other key partners)
The IYF is leading a global fundraising campaign in over 20 countries involving more than 50 corporations, to encourage their employees to donate the wages of the final hour of this year (century) to benefit youth development in the next millennium.