What is CIVICUS Youth Assembly?
The ICSW Youth Assembly is a leading international networking forum and meeting for young people and young civil society to engage with international peers, examining and taking action on some of the critical challenges facing civil society. The Youth Assembly also acts as a preparatory space that enables young delegates to make an impact during International Civil Society Week (ICSW).
The programme of the Youth Assembly is semi-structured, open for delegates to self-organise conversations on key topics of their interest around the ICSW programme tracks, participate in team-building activities, lead arts and outdoor activities and have intercultural exchanges. All Youth Assembly delegates will attend the International Civil Society Week, April 8th - 12th, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia.
The upcoming Youth Assembly will take place in Novi Sad on 6 and 7 April 2019 at the Hotel Norcev. The Youth Assembly is being hosted in Novi Sad to promote the city as the European Youth Capital 2019.
The Youth Assembly strives for increased youth participation in civil society and decision-making, and being hosted in 2019 European Youth Capital, engaging with local and regional youth initiatives will be a good learning opportunity for the participants of the Youth Assembly.
Youth Assembly delegates are between 18 and 30 years old and they come from diverse civil society organisations (NGOs, Community Based Organisations, academia, social movements) and social enterprises, with a balance of delegates from the global south, the Balkans and the rest of the world.
At the last Youth Assembly in 2017, youth delegates had the opportunity to meet with international leaders such as former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and the United Nations Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake, to engage in conversations on the role of youth in building a more sustainable and peaceful world order.
To create a space for interactive and creative conversations, with a focus on how to better strengthen youth movements in the 21st century and achieve an outcome that reaches ICSW delegates in a more creative way for real action!
The planning and delivery of the Youth Assembly is a youth-led and youth-run process spearheaded by the CIVICUS Youth Assembly Planning Team (YAPT) and the Youth Action Team (YAT). During the two days of the Assembly, delegates will select one youth facilitated conversation out of the six occurring simultaneously as a space to first share knowledge around youth activism in 2019. It will be followed by a co-creative half day session using human-centered design thinking methodology to respond to the question: how young people engaged in civic rights movements outside traditional structures can be better supported. In the evenings, delegates will have space to express through creative tools, such as arts, music, or storytelling, their journeys as activists to get to know each other better.
- Contribute to developing the Youth Assembly programme
- Ensure that Youth Assembly discussions and events are participative, engaging and presented in the most attractive way
- Involve in chairing, presenting and facilitating sessions during the Youth Assembly
- Bring ideas to create offline and online synergies around the Youth Assembly before and during the event, in Serbia and globally
- Identify and secure sponsorship opportunities (optional)
- Be a focal point for young delegates during ICSW and support their engagement during the week if required
- Promote the Youth Assembly to encourage many young people to attend or follow-up the conversations online
- Share and disseminate the results of the Youth Assembly
- CIVICUS Youth Action Team, Global
- National Youth Council of Serbia (KOMS), Serbia
- OPENS, Serbia
- Pacific Medical Students Association, Fiji
- Plan International, United Kingdom
- NIDA Civic Movement, Azerbaijan
- Movement toward Education and Youth Empowerment, Sierra Leone
- Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, Qatar
Dates: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Norcev Hotel, Novi Sad, Serbia
Norcev Hotel is set within Frushka Gora National Park and surrounded by forest. It is just half an hour ride from the city of Novi Sad and a beautiful countryside with fresh air will warmly welcome Youth Assembly delegates.
Transportation from the airport in Belgrade to Norcev Hotel on 5th, from Norcev Hotel to Novi Sad and from Novi Sad to Belgrade on 7th April will be provided by the organising team.
- On April 5 delegates arriving in the international Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade will be met by volunteers and shuttle buses will take them to the hotel.
- Transport from Belgrade airport to the Youth Assembly location will be scheduled with shuttle buses leaving several times throughout the day. Thank you in advance for understanding that delegates might have to wait for a while before leaving the airport for the buses to fill up.
- After check-out from the Norcev Hotel, most of the day on April 7 will be spent in Novi Sad. Giving delegates an opportunity to explore the city.
- In the evening of April 7, delegates will be shuttled back to Belgrade after the closing ceremony.
Photo: Hotel Norcev