Youth Action Team
The CIVICUS Youth Action Team is a group of members who work for youth to be meaningfully represented and engaged in all of the alliance’s structures, governance, strategies, and activities.
The Youth Action Team champions youth engagement and civic space. Institutionally, they interface with the CIVICUS Board on specific strategic questions, and provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat on any suggested youth programming or proposals that should be considered CIVICUS priorities.
The Youth Action Team define youth engagement as:
Meaningful adolescent and youth engagement is an inclusive, intentional, mutually-respectful partnership between adolescents, youth, and adults whereby power is shared, respective contributions are valued, and young people’s ideas, perspectives, skills, and strengths are integrated into the design and delivery of programs, strategies, policies, funding mechanisms, and organizations that affect their lives and their communities.
The Youth Action Team'sgoals
Goal 1: To strengthen the role of CIVICUS Youth members as co-leaders in the design and delivery of communities of practice, programs, strategies, and policies.
- To contribute to the leadership and co-design of at least three active CIVICUS Youth initiatives by the end of 2020
- To seize opportunities for CIVICUS members and Secretariat to include young people, especially youth from marginalised communities
- To promote an alliance wide culture of meaningful engagement of young people in the governance and policies of the alliance.
Goal 2: To create a model that inspires and champions meaningful youth engagement practices and models.
- To document the YAT experience in terms of governance and engagement and share it with peers via blogposts, op-eds, webinars, social media, conferences, peer-exchanges, etc.
Goal 3: To take action, in collaboration with the alliance, to promote an enabling environment and to stand in solidarity with young people facing civic space restrictions.
- To amplify stories of young members facing civic space restrictions
- To promote alternative funding models for youth-led organizations as well as the needs and realities of young people presented in the “How to resource youth-led groups and movements” playbook.
Goal 4: To develop an internal accountability mechanism that will observe, monitor, and measure youth engagement in CIVICUS.
To identify and understand CIVICUS youth members’ needs and barriers to participation.
To develop a YAT reporting mechanism in two levels: internally for the YAT and one for youth members.
To endorse or elaborate a CIVICUS YAT manifesto.
To review and update CIVICUS internal indicators to measure meaningful youth engagement in every area of work.
The Youth Action Team'svalues and principles
- We work through self-initiation and personal leadership.
- We care and support for each other.
- We are open to being challenged.
- We embrace diversity and respect each other’s differences.
- Inclusion is central to our work as a team and with members.
- Our work is informed and driven by the experiences, perspectives, and leadership of young members of the alliance.
- We work with honesty, transparency and integrity.
- We are active listeners and participants. We build onto what others create and propose.
- We create space to make mistakes. We approach challenges as learning opportunities. Learning from our mistakes and adapting is what makes us grow.
- We are flexible and adaptable. We can work through challenges and unexpected circumstances.
- We are always seeking to improve our accountability mechanisms.
- Passion drives our journey towards our objectives.
- We are punctual and respectful of each other’s time and labour.
- Being recognized as part of an international community with some of the most inspiring young activists in the world.
- Have your work featured on CIVICUS platforms.
- Receive support from CIVICUS Youth team to develop your leadership skills and be ready to influence decision-making at global civil society networks.
- Improve the work you do in your local community through the incorporation of diverse global perspectives.
- Obtain access to different networks of support and organizations that can nurture your work.
- Develop ideas into projects that can have long-term positive effects in other young people.
- Attend the CIVICUS Youth Assembly.
- Be invited as a speaker in virtual global seminars and events related to civic space, democracy and human rights.
- Increase your team building skills and intercultural communication through a customized program.
- Achieving concrete results like the development of the ‘Resourcing Youth-led Groups’ playbook or the agendas of the CIVICUS Youth Assemblies. You define how far you want to go. The sky's the limit.
Alan Jarandilla Núñez, Bolivia
Alan is a lawyer and passionate human rights defender from Bolivia. He serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, and is the Founder of Change the System (CTS), a Bolivian youth-led organization working towards sustainable development, human rights and youth participation, from a systemic change perspective. He is a vocal advocate for human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and meaningful youth engagement in decision making. He believes that an intersectional and holistic approach to global issues is fundamental for addressing the issues that are central to his work. He has followed and led advocacy strategies in different international processes.
Daniel Nwaeze, Nigeria
Daniel is the media and communications coordinator at Afrika Youth Movement; a youth-led movement with over 10,000 members in over 41 countries and 15 country hubs. He is passionate about everything youth, media and information literacy. He consulted for DW Akademie during the Media Dialogue project in sharing best media and information literacy practices between European and Nigerian young media professionals. He has led successful media campaigns to redesign narratives about young people, such as #ShapeNarratives, #SexyFarming Campaign and #iLoveMyContinent. He is also the founder of Diplomacy Opp, a platform that connects young people globally to development opportunities and media and information literacy-related learning currently with over 50,000 active membership across all platforms.
Dragana Jovanovska, North Macedonia
Dragana is a Management Board member at the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID), a youth-led organisation in North Macedonia working with young people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds in a post-conflict society. As part of her role, she is running an open youth centre, MultiKulti (MultiКулти), in the city of Kumanovo, where she works on her fields of expertise, including intercultural dialogue, human rights and youth participation by using integrated education. She also works as an educator on these themes with youth and adults at a local, national and international level. You can find her on Instagram: @jovanovska91.