With their unconventional thinking and fresh perspectives, young people have the potential to transform their cities in innovative ways. They are a growing demographic in a rapidly urbanizing world; thus, their voices are important in shaping the future of their urban environments.
However, today’s cities are often far from welcoming spaces for their young residents. Young people lack the opportunities and capacities to exercise their right to safety, being rarely empowered to participate in meaningful ways in shaping their cities. Also, municipal authorities may lack capacity in youth engagement and in holistically assessing and addressing urban safety.
The S²Cities Programme aims to empower young people of ages 15 - 24 in cities to shape safer and more inclusive urban environments. By partnering with strategic advisors, learning partners, and local implementation organizations, the programme connects young people to the resources they need to become agents of change in their cities.