Youth Working Group

About the Youth Working Group

The CIVICUS Youth Working Group connects young activists and spurs youth capacity, innovation and inclusion in key strategic inter-generational discussions and actions.

The Youth Working Group is a committed, dynamic, members-led (30 years old or younger) community within CIVICUS alliance. It comprises roughly 1000 organisational and individual CIVICUS members, representing over 18% of all individual members and nearly 450 organisations interested in children and youth issues in 128 countries.

The Youth Working Group is co-facilitated by ten youth voting members that make up the CIVICUS Youth Action Team (YAT). The YAT has the mandate to provide strategic and informed advice on how youth participation issues can be better mainstreamed in CIVICUS’ programmes. It also looks at how CIVICUS can develop new activities aimed specifically at strengthening youth participation and championing youth engagement in civil society.

Our Priorities

The Youth Working Group is inspired by a vision where young people play active roles in civil society in a safe, enabling, inclusive and effective way, and contribute to protect and defend civic freedoms for all.

Strengthening the networks and the power of young people to organise, mobilise and take action

By pressing for diverse representation of youth movements and youth within organisations and decision-making processes, we’re enhancing solidarity across borders, ages, languages, religions and gender, to maximise impact.

Taking stronger and consistent public stances on shrinking civic space for youth

We’re working to elevate the voices of youth to positions of influence, essential for reclaiming civic freedoms and democratic values for all. This means collaborating with CIVICUS advocacy channels to work for protecting civic space globally.

Ensuring civil society is accessible, efficient and accountable to youth at the periphery of international civil society spaces

We believe we are stronger together. We encourage members to create strong organisational cultures that ensure youth, including marginalised youth, participate meaningfully in all aspects of civil society, from decision making to monitoring and evaluation

Publications by Youth Working Group members

Opinion Pieces

Youth Assembly Declarations

Joint Statements

Are you interested in sharing your perspective as a young activist? Find out how with this helpful toolkit.

Highlights and Accomplishments

  • Consistent youth representation on the Board of Directors: In 2016, the CIVICUS Board of Directors included three youth members
  • CIVICUS Youth Assemblies: Since 2008, CIVICUS has ensured a dedicated space before the International Civil Society Week for young people to collaborate, prepare their engagement and coordinate approaches to civil society discussions.
  • Youth Symposium: In 2018, CIVICUS hosted it’s first youth creative arts symposium. Allowing youth to have their voices heard through art. This took place on the South African and International youth days respectively.
  • Youth Peer-Exchange: with AGNA representatives on good practices to better engage young people in civil society national and regional platforms and organisations.
  • Mentorship Programme: During 2017, over 300 CIVICUS members of all ages and from all regions signed up to a six-month pilot mentorship programme which aimed to increase the connections among members of the alliance working in similar areas and enhance skills and knowledge sharing in key areas.
  • Youth panel at Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights: Panel on Widening space by young human rights defenders at the Forum on Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law organized by the OHCHR in November 2016. (Video here)

Join us!

The Youth Working Group is all about collaboration, inspiration, and information-sharing. We want to work with people who can contribute their individual energies and perspectives, and we want your opinions and big ideas to make civil society stronger. Tell us about the insights you can bring to the Youth Working Group in CIVICUS Youth United! open Facebook group.

To join the Youth Working Group visit www.civicus.org/join

To contribute to the strategic direction of the Youth Working Group stay tuned for coming calls to join as YAT member.

For any further information contact the Youth Officer at