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CIVICUS Youth connects young changemakers, fosters meaningful youth inclusion, and gives them tools to grow as civil society innovators

Working with youth is required now more than ever. Youth in civil society face multiple obstacles in carrying out their work. An overwhelming portion of the funds available for development and activism in the Global South goes to long-established, Northern organisations. A majority of the youth-led organisations operate with limited funding, with 49% operating under USD 5,000 annually and only 11% over USD 100,000.1

In addition to resourcing challenges, young activists are often seen as less credible than their older peers due to lack of experience and informal organising. CIVICUS Youth provides them a platform and the tools to be effective changemakers. We believe that a new narrative, where the youth is at the center and well supported, is possible.

CIVICUS Youth is a committed and diverse community making up 30% of CIVICUS Alliance, based in +150 countries, who collaborate, learn from each other, and strengthen youth action in civil society.

Strengthening the networks and the power of young people to organise, mobilise and take action.
Fostering safe and sustainable youth activism by promoting public dialogues on civil society restrictions,challenges and space for innovation.
Ensuring civil society is accessible, inclusive and accountable to youth, especially those who are consistently excluded from decision-making spaces.
CIVICUS Youth Initiatives
Pilot Projects

Youth Action Lab

Hub for testing new ways of working within civil society.

Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator

Using data to address the SDGs 1 - 6.

Youth Ambassador Programme

Global network of youth activists creating opportunities of peer-learning, exchange and collaboration.

Global Perspectives Lab

Co-creation space for youth activists' dialogues.
Flagship Events
Youthful Resources
Youth Voices
 Here's what CIVICUS youth members want you to know
The CIVICUS Youth strategy is led by the Youth Action Team

The Youth Action Team

The Youth Action Team is a group of 10 young voting members who shape the agenda of CIVICUS Youth stream of work. They champion youth inclusion in the alliance and they ensure that CIVICUS programs are responsive and suitable to young activists’ needs, helping to shape a thriving environment to transform civic space in their societies. The Youth Action team is in dialogue with the CIVICUS Board and the Secretariat on strategic matters.

Youth Action Team Page

Are you 30 years old or younger?Join CIVICUS Youth!

CIVICUS Youth is all about collaboration, inspiration, and information-sharing. We work with people who can contribute their individual energies and perspectives, and we want your opinions and big ideas to make civil society stronger. Share your insights on meaningful youth inclusion in the CIVICUS Youth United! Facebook group.



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