CIVICUS Youth Action Team

The CIVICUS Youth Advisory Group has evolved into our newly re-structured Youth Action Team. The Youth Action Team’s primary role is to provide strategic, informed advice on how youth participation issues can be better mainstreamed in CIVICUS’ programmes, and on how CIVICUS can develop new activities to strengthen youth voice in civil society. Working with the support of the Youth Action Team, CIVICUS intends to build new partnerships and secure increased resources to scale up new initiatives on youth participation.
Sebastián Vielmas, Chile
Sebastiánis a Masters student in Political Science at the Université Laval, in Québec City. He is currently a member of the Observatoire Jeunesse Oxfam Québec, working for youth engagement and active participation (with voice AND representation!) in international development and civil society organizations. As Secretary General of the Student’s Federation of the Universidad Católica in Chile, in 2011 he participated in starting a student’s movement for the right to education, the biggest social movements after the end of dictatorship in Chile: “There is no future without a quality, free and public education.”
Fideline Mboringong, Cameroon

Fideline is an environment, education and gender advocate from Cameroon. She is passionate about community development, empowering girls and youth. She currently volunteers as the Vice Chair on the Committee on Agriculture for the African Youth Movement, a pan-Africanist action-oriented social movement that strives for the development, active participation and leadership of African youth in the fight for social justice.


Gaïus Kowene, Democratic Republic of Congo

Gaïus is a multimedia journalist telling personal stories of ordinary individuals with extraordinary achievements. Founder of the Goma Web Activism Summit, he is actively involved in youth participation through internet thanks to several panafrican circles.The BBC, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International and many others world class broadcasters have published his work.


Natasha Leite, Brazil

Natasha has worked with Protection, Participation and Empowerment for the last 10 years for several organisation such the Red Cross, Viva Rio, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP in Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific. She has a MA in Conflict, Security and Development and she is currently working as a public security advisor for UNLIREC.


Alex Farrow, UK

Alex works at the intersection of research, policy and journalism, attempting to improve the lives of young people through knowledge, training and expression. At Youth Policy Labs, Alex leads on consultancy projects, supporting national governments and UN agencies to design, implement and evaluate national youth policies, through research, training and events. He is a contributing writer and editor for the site, as well as researcher into youth and public policies. With a background in youth participation and democracy, Alex worked for the National Youth Agency and the British Youth Council, as well as freelancing extensively with organisations in the youth development sector. Alex received his MSc in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, Uni. Of London, with a research project that explores the career expectations and narratives of the millennial generation in today’s workforce.”


Angga D. Martha, Indonesia

Angga is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with the concentration on human security, sustainable development, and international negotiation and conflict resolution. He received his bachelor degree from the State University of Padang, Indonesia, majoring in Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Indonesia. Angga is also the Project Officer for Solutions Initiatives at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiatives (SDSN-Youth). Prior to his study at Fletcher, Angga worked as the Youth Advocate at the United Nations Population Fund Indonesia and served as the Indonesian Youth Delegate to the 68th and 69th United Nations General Assembly. He advocates for the rights of young people and ensures the participation of adolescent and youth in the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals.


Maximillian (Max) Seunik, Canada

Max is an adventurer passionate about the right to health, involving young men in the feminist movement, and youth political participation. In Canada, he serves as Global Advocacy Director of Young Diplomats of Canada (Jeunes diplomates du Canada). Internationally, he leads national field-based studies in East Africa on increasing accessibility to local governments with Yale-based Innovations for Poverty Action. He co-founded the Raleigh Global Shapers Hub and has worked with civil society actors from Angola to Brazil to Canada’s Arctic. Max is also a master’s candidate in global public policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar.


Stefan Manevski, Macedonia
Stefan is a trainer and youth worker mainly working for Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Macedonia. He has worked for over 15 years in the civil society, constantly maintaining links with local youth work, citizen participation, research and training. He is an active trainer in the non-formal education field mainly offering courses linked with youth work development, participation, intercultural dialogue and inclusion. He cooperates with different international youth organizations (Service Civil International, Youth for Exchange and Understanding, Young European Federalists JEF Europe, UNITED against racism and Out of the Box International). Stefan is a member of SALTO SEE Pool of trainers for the EVS training cycle and European Youth Forum pool of trainers.


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