Over half the world’s population is under the age of thirty, 90% of which live in developing countries. The largest ever generation of young people is now entering into adulthood, inheriting massive challenges but also more opportunities than ever before to connect, cooperate and share their visions of a better world for everyone.

There has never been a greater need for WYSE's work and presence as there is now. In the wake of global struggles with the financial crisis, political conflicts and tragic natural disasters, hope still lies within the increasing number of young people who want to make a real difference. There is now more cross-border awareness and enthusiasm to interact than ever before. This is what we need to capture and help transform into tangible change – but this time, on a much larger scale.

Our alumni return to their communities with a strong sense of commitment to being global changemakers, working in their own unique ways to address the challenges we face as a global community. They go on to lead change across the wide range of global priorities as identified in the Sustainable Development Goals, with a leadership that is fuelled by a passion for creating a world that is more inclusive, fair and sustainable, and underpinned by a recognition of our interconnectedness and shared values.