When they have more maturity and experience, “They will also be able to find greater opportunities for personal fulfillment.”

He said that the most important structural change is Education Reform, because it will determine whether, “Children and youth can have better tools and be better prepared to join a era that has undoubtedly become more demanding.”

“Education Reform is on. Besides being a mandate of our Constitution, it is undoubtedly an aspiration of society and parents to see their children and youth have a higher quality education that will provide them with a better future and not a future of frustration and limitations, but one of fulfillment,” he said.

The president declared that in conjunction with this effort, there are other policies that have been implemented. For example, he said, “We have promoted policies and reforms such as Telecommunications, which makes it possible to have public spaces with free Internet access.”

He noted that, “Nowadays, not being incorporated into the digital age and information and communications technology also means lagging behind and being virtually illiterate in this day and age.”

He added that his government has also promoted, “Policies for young people to find a first opportunity to achieve their dreams: The Young Credit Program, which is dedicated to inducting and accompanying young people with no credit history, in other words, who have never had access to credit before.”

But the point is not only to provide them with credit, but to accompany them in the projects they plan to undertake so that they will be more likely to be successful in what they are planning to do,” he declared.

He said that in this program, “There are now over 30,000 projects are being evaluated, of young people who have been inducted, several of whom are already receiving credit.”

At the event, held in the main courtyard of the National Palace, the “Youth for a Literate Mexico” initiative was presented. This is a policy with a profound social sense in which young people commit to working with the Mexican Youth Institute and the National Institute for Adult Education to improve education for people over 15 who cannot read or write, or have not completed elementary or middle school. Currently, there are over 30 million Mexicans whose education lags behind.

President Peña Nieto stressed that youth in Mexico and the world “contains the seed of change and transformation.”

He added that the government, “Plans to accompany the efforts and creativity of our young people.”

He congratulated the winners, who, “represent millions of young people in our country who are willing to change and transform their reality for the good of Mexico, for the good of themselves and our country”.

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUILD BRIDGES OF DIALOGUE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND CREATE SOLUTIONS BASED ON THEIR PROBLEMS, DESIRES AND EXPECTATIONS ROSARIO ROBLES

Secretary of Social Development Rosario Robles Berlanga announced that “Mexico is a country inhabited by over 38 million young people who constitute the basis for building a path of prosperity and development, but only if we enforce the rights of youth, which are vital for the exercise of citizenship.”

Therefore, “Mexican youth now occupy a central place on the agenda of this government. A novel vision has permeated the policies for dealing with young people, through the transformation of the Mexican Institute of Youth into a governing body for public policies to benefit this population.”
She said that the National Youth Program 2014-2018 promotes a comprehensive care approach for strengthening the human capital of young people, their heritage, and their opportunities to be included in working and productive life. She said that according to the Social Survey for the Prevention of Violence and Crime 2014, released by the INEGI and the Interior Secretariat, 11 percent of young people do not engage in professional or work activities. The main reason for this is the lack of opportunities: four out of 10 young people who have dropped out of school have done so due to the lack of resources, she explained.

After listing some of the initiatives promoted by the Mexican Institute for Youth, Secretary Robles said that, “It is time to build bridges of dialogue with young people, and create solutions based on their own problems, hopes and expectations.” It is time to listen to them, she said, “Ignoring their views would only increase their distrust of institutions. It is not only a necessity but a priority to create spaces of inclusion for them and encourage their civic education within the context of a culture of legality. Only then will Mexico will be more prosperous, united and able to strengthen its democratic life.”

WE WILL ACCOMPANY YOUTH TO ACHIEVE A MEXICO OF EDUCATIONAL GREATNESS: JOSÉ MANUEL ROMERO

Director General of the Mexican Youth Institute (IMJUVE), José Manuel Romero Coello, said that on this commemoration of International Youth Day, it is essential to note that the President Peña Nieto’s government has placed Mexico at a new stage of relations with young people: for the first time ever, the National Youth Program has been constructed on the basis of extensive consultation of this sector throughout the country.

“The consultation guided the construction of the new programs that are now a reality,” he said. He said that this institute participates in the Youth for a Literate Mexico promoted by the government. It is the perfect cause to enable, “Young people to make a commitment in an inclusive fashion, from the richness of our diversity, to participate,” he said.

“We will accompany youth to achieve a Mexico of educational greatness,” he said. “Teaching literacy means equalizing positions to provide equal opportunities; recognize people’s dignity and support awareness of identity.” If we talk about Mexican culture, he continued, "Literacy is its best vehicle. Literacy is, in short, building a better and more effective national narrative to give us cohesion and presence.”

Romero Coello said that the National Youth Award is undoubtedly a transforming axis that changes the lives of those on whom it is conferred and adds value to the efforts of each of the winners: "Young people, your success stories encourage and motivate institutions, governments, communities, businesses, academies, in short, they honor the country,” he said.

THE PRIZE WINNERS HAVE MADE A COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING MEXICO THROUGH IDEAS, INNOVATIVE PROPOSALS AND AN ENORMOUS WILL: TITO QUIROZ ANGULO

Through ideas, innovative approaches and an enormous will to improve Mexico, the winners of the National Youth Award 2015 will assume their commitment to the country, and thus encourage governments to join their projects; “We just need support to achieve this,” said Tito Quiroz Angulo, the winner of the award in the Social Commitment category.

Quiroz Angulo, originally from Ensenada, Baja California, a musician and a lawyer, asked President Peña Nieto not to ignore youth. “Never stop believing in us,” he said.

"Today, our efforts are focused on the recognition and support of our country, because we are no longer alone. Our dreams are everyone’s dreams,” he declared.

Tito Quiroz recounted the difficulties he has had to face in achieving his goals. Now, at the age of 28, he is involved in various social projects, such as “Youth in Rhythm” to teach music to youths at correctional facilities, with the aim of helping to reduce recidivism among youth.