Speaking Out and Changing Lives: The Young Lives Study and You

Nikki van der Gaag
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This 'reciprocity' booklet is a thank you to the 12,000 children and young people and their families who have participated in the Young Lives study over the last 15 years.

It has been written for the Young Lives participants to explain the history and objectives of the research study, and the impact the study has had on affecting policies that addresses child poverty in each of the four study countries. It has been translated into six languages.   

There are 2 billion children in the world today. What you have to say is important if we want to build a better future for the children and youth in our world.We have visited and spoken to you, and to your families, several times over the past 15 years. We have asked you about your lives, about your hopes and fears, about school and work and your dreams for the future.This booklet is to tell you about what the Young Lives study has found out and what effect this has had. Above all, it is to say thank you to all of you and your parents for being involved with us since we started 15 years ago.