Track Sessions III
I. Youth as New Forces for Social Good: 'How can we bring youth to the forefront of building sustainable cities?'

Young people are energetic, creative, digitally savvy, and ready to tackle pressing social issues. Involving youth in decision-making requires equipping them with relevant skills and providing them with opportunities to reach their potential. Globally, various methods have been used to engage young people. For example, the city of Boston has provided young citizens with the freedom to decide how to spend a part of the budget to plan the city. What can these innovative measures teach other global cities about how to engage their youth population?

This session will focus on the priorities of youth in urban contexts today and how cities should respond to these priorities. It will include a discussion on what philanthropists can do to promote a virtuous cycle in which young people are given the chance to help cities grow into youth-friendly environments.