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Training Youth Leaders to Take the Lead

Growing up amid poverty and exclusion places young people on a path littered with risks—little education, malnutrition, low self-esteem, poor life skills. ChildFund seeks to intervene at key moments in children's lives to help with the challenging transitions from child to teen to adulthood.

Earlier this year, two members of ChildFund Asia's communications staff traveled to Reina, Philippines, to meet with youth in ChildFund programs and assist them with telling their stories through a multimedia project.

Youth participants began by drawing a detailed map of their community. Next, they identified locations on the map that they enjoy visiting as well as those places where they don't feel safe or happy.

With basic instructions in how to use audio and video equipment, the youth set out to document both the challenges and the assets in their own community. Their stories are part of an ongoing series of ChildFund projects enabling young people around the globe to share their perspectives with each other and their communities.

By working closely with children and youth to understand their life experiences, ChildFund is seeing the future take shape.