Youth Action Team
CIVICUS Youth Action Team is an action body of CIVICUS on youth and youth related issues. The purpose of the Youth Action Team is to mainstream youth and youth issues into CIVICUS’ programmes and activities and to champion youth engagement and civic space. Institutionally, the Youth Action Team will interface with CIVICUS Board on specific strategic questions, and be able to communicate via the Secretariat on any suggested youth programming or proposals that should be considered CIVICUS priorities.
At the same time, an increasing number of governments are seeking to curtail civic action through challenging the legitimacy of CSOs, demonising them as disconnected special interest groups. What’s more, the typical ways CSOs demonstrate their accountability – through compliance with regulatory requirements and donor reporting – are unlikely to be sufficient to convince skeptical politicians or members of the public.
Sebastián Vielmas, Chile
Sebastián Vielmas is a Master student in Political Science at the Université Laval, at Québec City. He is currently member of the Observatoire Jeunesse Oxfam Québec working for youth engagement and active participation (with voice AND representation!) in international development and civil society organizations. As Secretary General of the Student’s Federation of the Universidad Católica in Chile, he participated in in 2011 in the making of a student’s movement for the right to education, the biggest social movements after the end of dictatorship in Chile : “There is no future without a quality, free and public education. He tweets as @sebavielmas. Currently Sebastian is serving at CIVICUS Board of Directors.
Amanda Segnini, Brazil
Amanda Segnini is social entrepreneur and co-founder of the youth-led NGO Engajamundo. She is graduated in International Relations and is an Amani fellow of Social Innovation Management. At Engajamundo, she currently works to engage Brazilian youth to take action for their rights by spreading knowledge about youth participation in national and international process to be part of the solution the the issues they are facing. She was Deputy Organising Partner of Habitat 3 working group at UNMGCY (United Nations Major Groups for Children and Youth) and participated of the official delegation to the Habitat 3 conference. She also participated of COP-20 and COP21 with Engajamundo’s delegation. She loves to facilitate collaborative process, enabling minorities to be part of the decision-making processes. She tweets as @amandasegnini.
Maximillian (Max) Seunik, Canada
Max Seunik, Canada is an adventurer passionate about the right to health, involving young men in the feminist movement, and youth political participation. In Canada, he serves as Global Advocacy Director of Young Diplomats of Canada (Jeunes diplomates du Canada). Internationally, he leads national field-based studies in East Africa on increasing accessibility to local governments with Yale-based Innovations for Poverty Action. He co-founded the Raleigh Global Shapers Hub and has worked with civil society actors from Angola to Brazil to Canada’s Arctic. Max is also a master’s in global public policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar. He tweets as @maxseunik
Betty Barkha, Fiji
Betty Barkha has been working with various youth and feminist based movements in the Asia-Pacific region on areas of education, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, climate change, resilience, sustainable and youth development. She is a graduate of MA in Sociology and BA in Sociology and Psychology. Betty’s prior experience includes working with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) in Thailand, Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA), Pacific Theological College, 350.org Pacific and UNDP Pacific office in Fiji and the recruitment team of Teach for India. She is a passionate activist around issues of climate change, gender equality, youth development and human rights. She tweets as @BettyBarkha. Details can also be viewed here and here.
Angga D. Martha, Indonesia
Angga D. Martha is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with the concentration on human security, sustainable development, and international negotiation and conflict resolution. He received his bachelor degree from the State University of Padang, Indonesia, majoring in Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Indonesia. Angga is also the Project Officer for Solutions Initiatives at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiatives (SDSN-Youth). Prior to his study at Fletcher, Angga worked as the Youth Advocate at the United Nations Population Fund Indonesia and served as the Indonesian Youth Delegate to the 68th and 69th United Nations General Assembly. He advocates for the rights of young people and ensures the participation of adolescent and youth in the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. He tweets as @angga_dm
Stefan Manevski, Macedonia
Stefan Manevski is a trainer and youth worker mainly working for Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Macedonia. He has worked for over 15 years in the civil society, constantly maintaining links with local youth work, citizens participation, research and training. He is an active trainer in the non-formal education field mainly offering courses linked with youth work development, participation, intercultural dialogue and inclusion. He cooperates with different international youth organizations (Service Civil International, Youth For Exchange and Understanding, Young European Federalists JEF Europe, UNITED against racism and Out of the Box International). Stefan is a member of SALTO SEE Pool of trainers for the EVS training cycle and European Youth Forum pool of trainers.
Fideline Mboringong, Cameroon
Fideline Mboringong is an environment, education and gender advocate from Cameroon. She is passionate about community development, empowering girls and youth. She currently volunteers as the Vice Chair on the Committee on Agriculture for the African Youth Movement a pan-Africanist action-oriented, social movement that strives for the development, active participation and leadership of African youth in the fight for social justice. She tweets as @fidelmboringong.
Ana Pranjic, Canada
Ana Pranjic is the Executive Director for Solidarité Ahuntsic, a community-based concertation organization in charge of the social development of the northern part of Montreal, in Canada. Very involved in youth networks all her life, Ana has been in the scouts movement since she was nine, was involved in the Quebec Forums Jeunesse and worked across Canada for several French youth provincial organizations. Throughout the years, she has dedicated much of her time as an activist within Canadian and Peruvian feminist networks and in the service of climate change initiatives. Passionate about citizen participation and governance, Ana aims to contribute to the improvement of structures and policies controlling the space for youth and women within civil society locally, regionally and globally.
Former Youth Action Team Members 2016 - 2018
Gaïus Kowene, Democratic Republic of Congo
Gaïus is a multimedia journalist telling personal stories of ordinary individuals with extraordinary achievements. Founder of the Goma Web Activism Summit, he is actively involved in youth participation through internet thanks to several panafrican circles.The BBC, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International and many others world class broadcasters have published his work.
Natasha Leite, Brazil
Natasha has worked with Protection, Participation and Empowerment for the last 10 years for several organisation such the Red Cross, Viva Rio, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP in Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific. She has a MA in Conflict, Security and Development and she is currently working as a public security advisor for UNLIREC.
Alex Farrow, UK
Alex works at the intersection of research, policy and journalism, attempting to improve the lives of young people through knowledge, training and expression. At Youth Policy Labs, Alex leads on consultancy projects, supporting national governments and UN agencies to design, implement and evaluate national youth policies, through research, training and events. He is a contributing writer and editor for the site, as well as researcher into youth and public policies. With a background in youth participation and democracy, Alex worked for the National Youth Agency and the British Youth Council, as well as freelancing extensively with organisations in the youth development sector. Alex received his MSc in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, Uni. Of London, with a research project that explores the career expectations and narratives of the millennial generation in today’s workforce.”