As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Youth Troubles (6) – RESCUE Operations

August 12 is International Youth Day. This week we look into “Youth Troubles”. 

Today we focus on some key organizations that are helping rescue and improve the quality of the lives of today’s troubled youth; namely: UNICEF, YAP International, PLAN International and many more.


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations Programme headquartered in New York City, that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.

UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1954, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this old name.(Info Source)

Watch this video “In Rwanda, improving child care by shutting down institutions”
UNICEF is active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programmes and National Committees. 
Check out the many projects of UNICEF across the globe

YAP International

The Youth Advocate Program International, Inc. (YAP International) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It established its headquarters and advocacy center in Washington, DC in 1996. YAP International’s mission is to promote and protect the rights and well-being of the world’s youth, giving particular attention to children victimized by conflict, exploitation, and state and personal violence. 
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YAP International works to prevent and eliminate the worst forms of child labor, the use of children in armed conflict, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the practice of incarcerating children as adults. We help to protect and ensure rights and services for children affected by war, exploitation, homelessness, environmental threats, statelessness, discrimination, HIV/AIDS, and for refugee and internally-displaced children. We provide voice and visibility for vulnerable children everywhere and promote their participation and empowerment in building tomorrow’s world. 

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Founded 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.
In 2011, Plan reached 56,500,000 children in 58,053 communities.
Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Here’s one of the many projects of PLAN International:YEEP
Watch this slideshow to see how Plan’s Youth Economic Empowerment Project (YEEP) is helping young people to create better opportunities and conditions for everyone living in Kawangware.

YEEP consists of 31 voluntary youth groups which run projects from spreading knowledge about health, HIV and drugs, to helping young people with disabilities and working to get children into school.

Volunteers get teenagers playing sports and improve sanitation by building toilets. Young women forced to sell themselves on the streets are given loans to start businesses and training to learn new skills.

Learn about the TOP 25 Children’s Charities in the USA
Learn about IJM-International Justice Mission- they make public justice systems work for victims (including children and teens) of abuse and oppression who urgently need the protection of the law.

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