Advocates and Movement-Makers
Children and Youth Voice,
Youth Involvement, Youth Engagement, Youth Organizing and Youth
Around the World
These are organizations and websites that directly promote youth
involvement, youth participation, youth engagement, and youth voice as
general, society-wide activities, trends, philosophies, and practices.
For more information on specific topics in youth involvement,
POINT TO PONDER:
involvement has moved forward. It is no longer seen as a rebellious
act, the way it was a few decades ago.” - Maureen A. Sedonaen, from
Following are the most significant organizations and websites
promoting meaningful youth involvement in community governance,
non-profit organizations, and throughout society from around the
world - with non-Western/Anglo countries coming soon!
Programs in Australia
than a website, YouthGAS represents a concept, ideal and aim. YouthGAS encourages and
actively promotes the sharing of information and awareness for, by and
with young Australians. The site provides both young Australians and the
people that work with and for them a vast range of local, state,
territory, national and international resources, information and
Programs in Britain
12 - Run by people under 18, for people under
18. We aim to get young peoples views and opinions across to everyone and
to be taken seriously at all times by helping young people to get involved
in government, local government, schools and youth clubs, and in many
Carnegie Young People Initiative - This organization promotes
young people's participation in decision-making. It provides reports from a
variety of countries on youth participation in public decision-making.
Children and Young People's Participation Learning Network
- The Children’s and Young People’s Participation Learning Network seeks to
stimulate thinking, policy and practice concerning children’s and young
people’s participation by promoting critical learning between practitioners,
policy-makers, academics and other researchers, and children and young
people, and more.
Montfort University Centre for Social Action - The
Centre works with groups of people including disabled people, young people,
child and families and people from local communities to ensure their
empowerment and participation. They work alongside people on the issues they
identify as important to facilitate their involvement in issues and
decisions that affect them.
Participation Works - This is an
initiative coordinated by the Carnegie Young People Initiative and supported
by a consortium of organizations including National Children’s Bureau,
Children’s Rights Alliance for England, British Youth Council, and National
Youth Agency. Participation Works will be a web portal to pool together the
various resources and services that are currently available and relevant to
promoting the participation of young people in decision-making.
The Children's Society - The Children’s Society is
currently developing an organization-wide Participation Strategy, and is
undertaking a large-scale consultation with both staff and children and
young people to establish the priorities for that Strategy. It is also the
coordinating organization within the UK for The Yes Forum, which promotes
the participation of young people who are socially excluded, or who are at
risk of social exclusion. A number of Children’s Society Projects are
engaged in trans-national initiatives across Europe, linking both staff and
young people in collaborative projects.
Programs in Canada
Youth Participation Shop - You'll find
everything you need for effective youth participation. We've decided to use
a Supermarket metaphor to help you navigate this site.
Canadian Institute on Governance
Outlines complex research and analysis on youth involvement in governance, and outlines several programs promoting meaningful youth involvement.
Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement
Finds, describes and builds models of effective strategies for engaging
youth in meaningful participation and making healthy decisions for healthy
living. We are committed to youth planning, executing and being involved
on a lead basis in the design, collection, analysis, model building and
evaluation, publication, dissemination and communication of the research
results and products arising from the research.
Youth Action in British Columbia
with examples of youth in action, workshops and suggestions for operating a youth advisory council.
Programs in Scotland
independent youth-led network in Scotland that works across Scotland,
Europe and the Euromed Region to promote youth rights as laid out in
the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and
the European White Paper on Youth
Edinburgh Youth Social Inclusion
Program in Wales
Funky Dragon - The Children and Young
People's Assembly for Wales is a peer-led organization called "Funky Dragon".
Our aim is to give 0 - 25 year olds the opportunity to get their voices heard on
issues that affect them. Funky Dragon will try to represent as wide a range as
possible and work with decision-makers to achieve change. Funky Dragon's main
tasks are to make sure that the views of children and young people are heard,
particularly by the Welsh Assembly Government, and to support participation in
decision-making at national level.
Freechild Project Reading List on International Youth Involvement