Shawn Mendes’ Debuts Powerful New Longform Music Video For “Youth” (feat. Khalid)

Today, Shawn Mendes premiered a long-form music video for “Youth”, featuring Khalid, that highlights an array of some of the most exceptional young people from around the world.  Co-written by Marjory Stoneman Douglas students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, director Anthony Mandler, Larry Jackson, Shawn & Khalid, the video creates a literal stage to celebrate and honor the young, diverse and talented amongst us. The seven and a half minute video stars both Mendes and Khalid as well as over 30 different inspiring young people ranging from activists, painters, dancers, gun violence survivors, musical prodigies and many more splashed against a stunning New York City backdrop (A full list can be found below)  The video, directed by Mandler this past June, also features a sculpture by New York-based contemporary artist Daniel Arsham.

“For the ‘Youth’ video, we wanted to make something that would highlight and empower young people, by giving the stage to a group of extraordinary kids,” said Mendes.  “Khalid and I wanted them to be the focus of the video, and to give them a platform, in the hope that it can inspire other young people to pursue what they love and use their voice.”

Mendes debuted “Youth” as a World Record on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show this past May, and discussed the origin behind writing “Youth” right after the Manchester and London terrorist attacks: “I remember I woke up in the morning and the whole thought of my youth trying to be taken away from me…not youth as in my age, youth as in my love, my happiness, my joy, my purity. It’s not even about age, you could be 50 and your youth is there, it’s in you. And all of these horrible things happening in the world, all of the headlines, it felt like every day it was just being pulled more and more out of us.  And I was like this is what we have to write about. And it was awesome. I’m really, really proud of that song.”

Prior to the film’s release, Mendes shared a TRAILER for the video that features a timely excerpt from a speech Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered to Barratt Junior High School in South Philadelphia in October of 1967, six months before he was assassinated. The speech, titled “What is your life’s blueprint?”, encouraged the young students to “Be the best of whatever you are.”  Upon the trailers release Martin Luther King III took to Twitter share the trailer stating, “This year we observe 50 years since my father’s assassination. I can think of no greater tribute to his memory than to stand up

for the ideals for which he gave his life. I hope this inspires everyone, but especially young people, to use their vote their voice their power to work to create the vision of the world in which they want to live.” Full Message HERE.


Autumn De Forest, 17, Painter

Yetunde Washinton, Nia Mandisa Parker & Lourdes Honor Taylor, 18, 20 & 19, Hippelet Dancers

Lizzie Howell, 17, Ballerina

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 18, Environmental Activist

Hasaan Hawthorne, 20, Wrestling State Champion (Double Amputee Wrestler)

Clawdeena, 18, Drag Performer

Zuriel Oduwole, 16, Filmmaker / Activist

Ahmed Mohammed, 17, Arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school

Kojo Odu Roney, 13, Prodigal Drummer

Giuliana Siraguso, 12, Hearing Impaired Dancer

Donielle Hansley, 14, Dancer

Sonita Alizadeh, 21, Rapper / Activist

Morgan Hurd, 17, World Champion Gymnast

D’Angelo McDade, 18, Survivor of Gun Violence

Jahne Benthall & Lynn Yeobah, 18, 18, Northstar Academy Policy Debater

Kaden & Brooklyn Bartlett, 12, Magicians

David Doktormen & Isaac Segal, 18, 19, National Policy Debate Champions

Phoenix Hunter, 8, Wrestling State Champion

Rayna Vallandingham, 15, Martial Arts Champion

Elias & Zion Phoenix, 12, Music Prodigies

Mars, 18, Gender Fluid Artist

Nassir Little, 18, All-American Basketball Player

Parker Clark, 14, Fire Performer

Austin Perine, 4, Superhero who feeds the homeless

Charlotte Reidy & Gabriel Ratner, 12, 11, Shakespearean Actor

Jack Andraka, 21, Inventor, Scientist, Cancer Researcher

Ethan Fineshriber, 14, Martial Arts Champion

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