AVPN, with founding support from the Citi Foundation, have launched the ‘Youth Opportunities Platform’ today at the AVPN Global Conference. The platform aggregates capital and matches these resources to opportunities and initiatives that empower youth.
“The Youth Opportunities Platform is a key part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative,” says Peter Babej, Citi’s Asia Pacific CEO. “We are proud to be working with AVPN to empower young people and support inclusive growth across the region.” To date, Citi Foundation, has invested more than ¢275 million to address youth unemployment.
Anchoring The Youth Opportunities Platform will be six partners, representing leading youth-led organisations and youth funders across Asia. The platform will provide access to capital providers, such as Cisco LaunchPad, Lorinet Foundation, The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, responsAbility Investments AG, Patamar Capital, Villgro, and more.
“AVPN has been building the social investment ecosystem in Asia in the last decade, and the key to a strong community is trust,” says Naina Subberwal Batra, Chairwoman and CEO of AVPN, “While we are seeing a growing awareness around governments and private funders to incorporate voices of the next generation in their impact strategies, they must learn to recognise them, not as token voices, but as partners at the decision-making table. Until and unless global leaders can break this power dynamic, and create trusted spaces for authentic listening, youths will not be empowered to drive generational change.”
Read more about the platform here.