Southern Africa’s population is made up mostly of young people. But are we building on our region’s youthfulness for a more secure present and future? In a context of entrenched poverty, extreme inequality, and ongoing social conflicts, young people in the region disproportionately face conditions of social and economic exclusion and vulnerability that expose them to insecurity and violence, both as victims and as perpetrators. Yet, the unique needs and attributes of the region’s youth who are at risk are not adequately included in our mainstream development and security agendas. What can we do to change this situation?