CIVICUS Youth Working Group
What is the Youth Working Group?
The CIVICUS Youth Working Group is a lose members’ network of youth activists (30 years old or younger). This comprises roughly 800 organisational and individual CIVICUS members, and comprises over 30% of all individual members.
The CIVICUS YWG was launched in 2016 with the broad aim of channeling the interests, energies, concerns and voices of CIVICUS youth members, in order to strengthen youth engagement and participation around the world. This serves a longer-range goal of building resilience and sustainability in our movements, by building youth capacity, highlighting youth innovation, and developing and promoting youth leadership.
The YWG seeks to highlight and promote youth-led initiatives, contributions and expertise within and across CIVICUS communications channels and through direct bilateral engagement with CIVICUS’ youth constituencies. The YWG also seeks to share interesting and useful opportunities for engagement with our youth networks.
Of these individual members, eight youth member activists make up the CIVICUS Youth Action Team (YAT). The YAT has the mandate to advise and co-facilitate the Youth Working Group’s activities, to ensure representation of a plurality and diversity of young voices in the group’s agenda, and to champion youth inclusion, engagement and leadership in civil society.
What happens when you become a CIVICUS member?
CIVICUS membership helps create solidarity with like-minded civil society actors committed to advancing active participatory democracy and defending the freedoms of assembly, association and expression (what we call ‘civic space’).
Members also access a range of benefits designed to enhance visibility, networking, and information-sharing to support your work.
Additionally, we try to provide various channels to foster or facilitate opportunities and spaces for deeper engagement between partners and allies working on similar themes or sharing similar challenges. Joining gives you access to a number of thematic, interest-based or regional sub-networks of CIVICUS members.
There are two types of CIVICUS membership: free associate lifetime membership and one-year verified and paid voting membership*