Civic participation, civic education and youth leadership development are at the heart of Mercy Corps’ Global Citizen Corps (GCC) program. GCC inspires and supports an international movement of young people, helping them build the knowledge and skills they need to turn their passion into meaningful action on critical local and global issues. If the world is to successfully tackle immense challenges, such as lifting the “bottom billion” out of poverty or reversing climate change, we must harness the energy and creativity of youth. And we must support young people in developing the capability and opportunities that will enable them to be responsible citizens working effectively with communities and governments to bring change. GCC is doing exactly that.