Strengthening Youth-Led Movements
Participants in the Lab work to build political solidarity and networks, strengthen capacities in engaging with policy processes, and access resources to support their movement. The Lab will act as a hub for testing new ways of working within civil society and mobilizing learnings from across sectors in support of youth-led movements
The Youth Action Lab is a pilot project supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). This initiative is part of CIVICUS Youth and Civil Society Resourcing workstreams to build a more resilient, effective, safe and diverse civil society in the 21st Century
The 2021 Participants
The 2020 Participants
Often times, these barriers and existing hierarchies in civil society often position youth as foot soldiers and not as change agents. Through extensive research and consultation with stakeholders, CIVICUS has come to understand that designing an alternative resourcing mechanism that centers meaningful youth participation is imperative to achieve a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive civil society. Our solution to the aforementioned problems is launching a Youth Action Lab, an experimentation lab for ten young activists based in the Global South (Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Pacific) that would support them in being more sustainable and resilient in their activism.
How It Works
1. Accessing Resources
2. Developing Strategy
3. Building Alliances
The co-design process concluded as of March 2020, after eight months of joint work. Throughout the journey, CIVICUS Youth collected a variety of data about the co-design experience through surveys, reflection discussions, and other means. The report below examines the experiences of participants and staff throughout the co-design journey and aims to identify the strengths, weaknesses, and potential of utilizing co-design methodologies for more inclusive and effective solutions.
The two cohorts of the Youth Action Lab have been a space for co-creation, rapid iteration and learning. The program insights are valuable for organizations wanting to empower young changemakers. Below are some lessons that organizations can apply to make the youth thrive and empower them to be effective social trailblazers in their communities.