Posted by Kimberley Meijers on April 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm
In light of 20 years of CHOICE, we are launching our Call to Action!
Youth-led organizations are becoming increasingly visible in international, regional and national arenas. They are playing a key role in enabling young people to exercise their right to participation and contribute to the success of programs, projects and initiatives aimed at young people because they are uniquely placed to address issues from a youth perspective. However, throughout the world, the important role of young people and the work of youth-led organizations is often unrecognized, undervalued and under-funded.
If we are to realize the positive change that we want to see in the world, we must ensure that young activists and youth organizations at all levels are supported through youth-friendly, secure and sustained funding. We currently have the largest youth population ever, and it is essential that we capitalize on the expertise, skills and collective power of youth advocates and youth organizations. We can simply not afford to disempower and disenfranchise the next generation that will champion the change we want to see in the world.
We therefore call on funders, adult-led organizations and political leaders to commit to achieving sustainable youth leadership by investing in young leaders and youth-led organizations.
How? Check out our recommendations!