International Youth Day: 17 Young Latinos We Love From Selena Gomez To Luis Coronel! [PHOTOS]

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We celebrate International Youth Day with some of our favorite young Latino celebrities! Getty Images

August 12 marks International Youth Day , and as tradition holds ---for the past 16 years--- this day is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that August 12 be declared International Youth Day.

The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on August 12, 2000. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “ The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production ”.

It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production. Sustainable consumption entails the use of products and services that meet the basic needs of communities while safeguarding the needs of future generations. The development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency of consumption of all and minimize waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socioeconomic development.

In honor of this year's IYD, we celebrate 17 young Latino celebrities who are making a change in the world. Though they are young, these stars are admired by many of today's youth for having pretty clean images, for being hardworking and for being disciplined in their craft. Did we miss anyone on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Rico Rodriguez, 18
You might know him from "Modern Family," where he plays Manny Delgado, the son of Sofia Vergara's character Gloria. At 18, Rico has already been in many movies and TV shows and has even published his own book called "Reel Life Lessons...So Far." Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For KCSports2015
Becky G, 19
Becky G started gaining attention with her YouTube video covers and look at her now! Singing with Thalia, touring with J. Balvin and winning many awards! Larry Marano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Kevin Ortiz, 19
Yes, he's the younger brother of Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz, but Kevin is also making it big in the industry. At only 19, he has a huge following with millions of fans around the world. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images
Camila Cabello, 19
At only 19, Camila is the baby of Fifth Harmony! We're in love with the way this Mexican/Cuban-American treats her fans and can't get over how adorable of a person she is. Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Lauren Jauregui, 20
Did you know that before making it big with Fifth Harmony, Lauren attended a Catholic college preparatory school for girls? Jauregui has two siblings and like her colleague Camila, she's of Cuban descent. Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Luis Coronel, 20
As a teen, he took boxing classes, but later quit the sport to pursue his career in music. Coronel won the award for "New Artist of the Year" at the 2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards and ever since he's been making it big in the music industry. John Parra/Getty Images for Univision
Bethany Mota, 20
Bethany, who is of Mexican descent, is one of the most popular YouTube stars. Not only does she have a large following, but she also has her own fashion line at Aeropostale! Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Go Red
Sofia Reyes, 20
Sofia Reyes leaped from YouTube to stardom, becoming the first artist to be signed on Prince Royce's record label. She made her debut in the biz with her catchy single "Muevelo" featuring Wisin. Larry Marano/Getty Images for Pandora
Leslie Grace, 21
Leslie Grace is a young songstress who's proving that women can dominate the bachata genre! The Dominican beauty became the youngest female artist to peak at number one on both the Billboard Tropical Songs chart and Billboard Latin Airplay charts. Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Univision
Danna Paola, 21
Meet the new face of telenovelas! At only 21, Danna Paola stars in Telemundo production "¿Quién es Quién?" Danna Paola portrays Paloma, a young, single mother. Victor Chavez/Getty Images for American Eagle
Maluma, 22
Because of his catchy songs, hit-making urban artist Maluma received the title of Colombian Artist of the Year at the 2014 MTV Millennial Awards. The 22-year-old keeps releasing back-to-back hits, growing his fandom more every day. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images For Univision
Demi Lovato, 23
Let's emphasize on how amazing of a role model musician, actress and philantropist Demi Lovato is for today's youth. Her activism in equality, positive messaging on body image, and level of openness with her struggles is truly admirable. Tim Boyles/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Raini Rodriguez, 23
Like her brother, Rico Rodriguez, Raini has a bright future ahead of herself. The Mexican-American actress is best known for her roles as Trish in "Austin & Ally" and Maya Blart in the "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" sequels. Rich Polk/Getty Images for Hollywood Pantages