Youth Inclusion and Engagement Enabling Sustainable Livelihood for Young People in Rural Communities
For all individuals, that crucial transition period between childhood dependence and adult independence has a cascading impact on their entire future—not only shaping the course of their lives, but also those of their families and the communities to which they belong. A successful youth transition produces an adult who has the knowledge, resources, and skills to create thriving—and more sustainable—livelihood opportunities in their community. In rural areas especially, supporting youth through this transition is key to ensuring prosperous communities and healthy landscapes.
Together with their communities, businesses, and educators, we aim to improve youth employment opportunities and support rural communities’ sustainable development. To achieve this, the Rainforest Alliance conducts holistic interventions tackling barriers to youth inclusion and engagement. This means taking collaborative measures with producers, NGOs, companies, and governments to enable the full participation of young people in rural production, markets, and decision-making.