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.

Youth engagement

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.

Objectives:
  • 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.

Objective:
  • 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.

Objectives:
  • 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.

Objectives:
  • 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.

2020 plans

Reviewing and advising on CIVICUS strategic plans.

Working on a future youth engagement policy.

Strengthening their relationship with the CIVICUS Board.

Inspiring other organisations on youth leadership by sharing knowledge.

Designing and analysing feedback surveys with CIVICUS Youth members to understand their needs.

Providing strategic support for the promotion of the Resourcing Youth-led Groups and Movements” playbook.

Developing a campaign for International Youth Day.

Suggesting content for CIVICUS newsletters, website and social media channels.

Showcasing young activists’ journeys through stories.

Facilitate and advise on advocacy campaigns when young activists face civic space restrictions.

Mobilising the CIVICUS Youth community on Facebook.

Overseeing preparations for the 2021 Youth Assembly.

Engaging members in their countries of residence.

Organising internal 360 reviews for improved team performance and dynamics.

Current members

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jelena Mitrović, Serbia

Jelena has been an activist and volunteer since the age of 14. She has gained experience in different organisations, participating locally in the Becej Youth Association and nationally as a Governing Board Member of the National Youth Council of Serbia. She currently serves at Group COME OUT in the city of Novi Sad as a dedicated and certified youth worker with LGBT+ youth, and she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Her priority is to advocate for equal opportunities for all, and ensuring that youth voices are not only heard, but also listened to and accepted in decision making processes. You can find her on Instagram @jelena_mitrovicc or Twitter @_jelenamitrovic.
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Joshua Alade, Nigeria

Joshua is a sustainability advocate and a Positive Youth Development Trainer with NextGen Africa Initiative. He obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He currently serves as a Program Officer at Sahara Foundation and the Project Coordinator of the Nigeria Youth SDGs Network. Through his work, he advocates for the rights of young people from disadvantaged communities and their active participation in the developmental agenda of his country. He tweets via @iamjoshuaalade.
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Justin Francis Bionat, Philippines

Justin is a passionate human rights defender from the Philippines. He is currently taking his Masters of Arts in Human Rights and Democratisation from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand. He has had local, national and regional experience in human rights work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. He currently works as regional coordinator of Youth Voices Count (YVC), a regional network of young LGBTIQ persons in the Asia-Pacific region working on several sexual and reproductive health and human rights issues. He brings together both field and academic experience in human rights.
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Martín Iván Tinoco, Mexico

Martín is a young changemaker driven by a passion for human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and youth participation in public policy in Mexico. He has been involved in civil society since the age of 15, having participated in local, regional and international processes related to the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals. Martín currently serves as the Director of Fractal Effect, an organization that seeks to facilitate the meaningful inclusion of youth into decision making spaces. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and Local Management at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He tweets as @martinores.
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Natasha Chaudhary, India

Natasha is the Co-Director at Haiyya, a grassroots campaign consulting organisation based in India. She oversees larger organizational scaling and growth strategy and works on fundraising. She is a trainer, coach and strategy consultant having worked across different programs, including sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, women's voting rights, the youth climate movement, resourcing and incubation models and many more. She deeply cares about gender, health and caste issues with a focus on intersectional leadership and designing interventions that shift away from traditional service delivery models. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Sydney, where she advocated for and worked in the implementation of a sexual harassment policy as the Women’s Officer.
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Wiem Chamsi, Tunisia

Wiem is a Master's student in Management of Organizations with a focus on NGOs and civil society development. She studied social entrepreneurship in the University of Connecticut in the USA and she was an Ashoka Fellow. She has a passion for driving change and youth empowerment. She was chosen as a global innovation pioneer with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent societies. She has taken part in many international youth programs (such as the North Africa UN Model, the Mediterranean University, AIESEC, Hult Prize, UNDP...) by working on solving different global issues and advocating for youth participation. She also launched the Youth For Change Sousse/Tunisia initiative to promote investment in sustainable development through youth leadership.