Youth are the foundation of this planet's future. Young lives are wasted when they are entrenched in poverty and inadequate education takes away opportunities for sustainable livelihood. Young people who see no hope for their future become disengaged and disaffected. Young girls are the worst affected. We have the largest youth generation in human history with 1.8 billion young people on our planet. Unfortunately, 50% of these youth are unemployed or underemployed. This challenge needs to be addressed immediately.