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When we surveyed our readers, you told us you wanted a more dynamic Web site. You asked for content that was updated more frequently to reflect the quick pace at which our field is growing and changing. And you requested an opportunity to participate in the conversation. We heard you! Welcome to Half the World, the new blog of the Interagency Youth Working Group.

Why “Half the World “? Because nearly half of the 7 billion people alive today are younger than 25, and almost 2 billion are between the ages of 10 and 19. This statistic isn’t news to most of you, but it bears repeating. Because this half represents some of the world’s most vulnerable people, who are also our future leaders, innovators, healers, parents, peacemakers, and educators.

Half the World will bring you regular updates on news about youth sexual and reproductive health. We’ll feature new programs, research, resources, and events. We’ll bring you stories from the field, written by guest bloggers around the world. But most importantly, we want to hear from you. We hope you’ll share your experiences and knowledge. Let us showcase your successes and find out how you’ve handled challenges. Use our blog as a platform for networking with other experts on youth and for learning from one another.

So please, comment, share, send your suggestions, and volunteer to blog on a topic that you care deeply about. Together, we can translate words on youth into improved health, safety, and well-being for young people worldwide.

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This blog is brought to you by the Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG) with financial assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The content is managed by FHI, which functions as the secretariat for the IYWG.
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