Pushed by climate change, conflict, and dreams of a better life, many rural Pakistani youth migrate to urban areas to seek an education. In Karachi, these youth add pressure to already strained government and educational services, potentially increasing urban volatility. We know little about youths’ experiences in these urban environments. Dana Burde of NYU discusses youth experiences with the education system in Karachi, seeking to understand better why youth leave home, what their hopes are for their new urban lives, and how they try to address the challenges they face. Understanding these youths’ stories is a crucial first step toward systematically enhancing education services for youth in mega cities, easing the strains of migration, and strengthening the promise youth hold in these contexts.