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Roughly 52% of the world's population is under 30. What is best way to harness the energy and ideas of youth?

Working for a youth development organization we are always looking for ideas about how to engage young people and create programs to effectively involve youth in their own development. Our cornerstone is peer to peer non-formal education. We believe youth innovation drives change.

We are looking for programs, project models, web resources, implementation techniques, big ideas and inspiration to share with our online community. Basically anything to spark a great conversation!

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    Jan 31 2012: Turn them loose, but have solid leaders to help mentor and guide them!
    • Feb 1 2012: Your idea is good but not very viable. This is because there is no real way to get these leaders, and also this sort of mentoring creates a format into which "looseness" decreases over time as can be seen in many examples. So rather that having a fixed mentor it would be better to have a plethora of mentors helping in more specific areas and wielding less power while also being part of this society. Thus instead of dividing the general society into three proponent societies; Under 30 society, Mentor society, and Others(not mentors of the 48%), it would be better to have a integrated society in which people of the under 30 group would interact with the group of mentors but also within itself.

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