National volunteer Asha conducts an aspirations analysis with young female applicants to the Lake Zone Youth Empowerment project.
一分六合彩

Youth networks

Young people are a powerful force for change.

一分六合彩 works with over 5,000 young people globally who are bringing about lasting change in the communities we operate. These young people are our regional champions, advocates and campaigners. 

By equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they need to take charge of their own development, they can build and strengthen communities, shift social norms, and amplify their voices and that of their communities.

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What are 一分六合彩's youth networks?

Volunteer Ad茅rito helps with a literacy session

一分六合彩 has youth networks operating in 17 counties across Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe.

Youth networks are formal or informal youth spaces or platforms designed to unify and amplify the voices of young people at a local, national, regional and global levels.

They are established and led by youth and include young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including the most marginalised youth. 

The networks can operate virtually, physically or both. They can be registered or operate as loose networks, and can operate independently depending on the requirements of the network. 

Our members are a mix of young people including International Citizen Service (ICS) alumni, national youth volunteers, community volunteers, marginalised young people that 一分六合彩 is supporting through its programmes, and other youth interested in 一分六合彩鈥檚 work. 

Who are the youth champions?

Youth Champions are a smaller number of youth network members closely working with 一分六合彩 while keeping an active connection with the wider networks. They provide an essential connection between 一分六合彩 and the youth networks, having a formal role and contributing to 一分六合彩鈥檚 programming.

What do youth networks do?

The networks work closely with 一分六合彩 programming teams to design and lead on key projects for 一分六合彩 in a range of areas. Examples of their work include

Youth employment

Group of youth volunteers reviewing documents with false COVID-19 information

Our youth have led research actions on the barriers to employment youth face which has informed our multi country programming on youth empowerment. They also have delivered employability events in response to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on youth unemployment.

In Kenya, the climate youth champions created awareness and trained youth on agroecology via webinars. They also conducted research on the state of food systems and organised a dialogue to discuss their findings. Next, they organised a stakeholders鈥 forum to generate action plans for the priorities that emerged in the food dialogue.

鈥淲e organised a training on organic farming for 130 community members in rural Nandi. We collaborated with the Nandi County government through the Ministry of Agriculture. They provided an expert in the field to train the community on ways of farming that are better for the environment and our health.鈥 says Fridah, a Kenyan Youth Champion.

Raising awareness about climate change

Young people are best placed to hold decision makers to account. Young people are the majority, and our future is at risk if we do nothing.
Hosea
Youth Champion in Uganda

From radio shows and webinars to social media campaigns, digital tools have played a big role in creating awareness on climate change, training people in climate action and campaigning for issues related to climate change. 一分六合彩 youth are also creating awareness about the effect of climate change in marginalised communities through social media and media outlets in Cambodia, Tanzania and the Philippines. 

In Cambodia, climate youth champion Pheakdey and her team conducted online training on climate change and developed videos on waste management and recycling, featuring two entrepreneurs. They also started the Facebook challenge: Stop Climate Change, Start with You. 

With the Facebook challenge: Stop Climate Change, Start with you, we encouraged people to post pictures of their daily climate-sensitive actions, such as cycling to work, using refillable drinking bottles and reusing plastic waste. They tagged their Facebook friends encouraging them to take action as well.

Influencing policy makers and raising awareness about 一分六合彩鈥檚 work

Primary actors at meeting together
Paul Wambugu

Our youth champions have spoke at major global forums and conferences such as the Women Deliver Conference, Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit and Sustainable Development Goal forums. Youths have also been consulting with key policy decision makers and championing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nepal, Pakistan and Malawi.

Fridah Okomo, 一分六合彩 youth champion in Kenya represented 一分六合彩 and youth at large during Africa Climate Week. There she shared youth priorities, solutions and key demands to African government heads, ahead of COP26.

She also represented young people and 一分六合彩 through a virtual event at COP26 on 鈥楳ainstreaming youth in climate policy鈥. She shared the experiences of the youth platforms and their contributions in tackling climate change by showcasing some of the innovations led by young people, advocating for the need to include youths in climate policies.

COVID-19 response

During COVID-19, 一分六合彩's youth networks set up a global-wide task force team to disseminate lifesaving information about COVID-19 to marginalised communities.

In Zimbabwe, a team of 16 一分六合彩 youth volunteers, known as the Youth Engagement Action Team, have worked with communities to debunk myths, share tips for spotting fake news, and spread scientifically accurate messages. They exposed false claims that people of African descent cannot get COVID-19 or that drinking alcohol provides immunity. They also showed how documents that appear to be 鈥榦fficial鈥 can be used to spread disinformation.

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More examples of their work include:

  • Humanitarian aid: Distributing emergency food supplies and hygiene kits to over 10,000 people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the wake of Cyclone Idai.
  • Women and girls鈥 rights: Advocating against gender-based violence in Kenya through social media.
  • Sexual reproductive health and rights: Challenging the stigma associated with people with disabilities for continued access to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights services and information in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

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Where do youth networks work?

Bangladesh

Established in 2017, the National Youth Engagement Network (NYEN) Bangladesh is a way for
young people in the country to build connections, skills, and a better future.

Its 456 members weave a web of influence through the public, private, and political spheres in five regions of Bangladesh, providing access to key decision-makers and driving positive change in
their communities. There are currently three important issues of focus for NYEN
Bangladesh: climate change, early child marriage, and COVID-19.

Contact the Bangladesh team

Cambodia

The Youth Champion Network in Cambodia has around 20 members in three provinces 鈥 Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh.

They work with everyone from young community members to government decisionmakers, and helping young people meaningfully engage with the issues聽they care about. From social inclusion and gender聽equality, to tackling climate change聽and the ongoing consequences of the聽COVID-19 pandemic, the network helps to build knowledge, skills and聽experience in young people and
communities.

Contact the Cambodia team

Ethiopia

Due to the ongoing conflict and political turmoil in the country, peace has become top priority for
most Ethiopians. To this end, 180 youth volunteers have worked in partnership with the Ministry of Peace, to build the knowledge of thousands of youth volunteers on a variety of topics to help create a national youth community volunteer network for peace and development.

Youth network members are also conducting research into barriers to employment and entrepreneurship for young people, informing large initiatives for the economic empowerment of young people in the country.

Contact the Ethiopia team

Kenya

Youth for Sustainable Development聽(YSD) is a youth-led network in聽Kenya focusing on improving the聽lives, livelihoods and futures of聽young people across the country.聽

Whether that鈥檚 ensuring fair and聽inclusive representation in national聽policymaking, holding those in聽power to account where they聽fall short of their obligations, or聽advocating for the future of the聽planet, the network brings together聽over 300 young people from 12聽counties to promote and champion聽youth voices.

Contact the Kenya team

Malawi

Young people in Malawi face聽many challenges to their聽health, education, employment,聽empowerment, participation and聽overall wellbeing.聽

To help young people tackle the聽challenges they鈥檙e facing, 12 youth聽champions, each representing聽a wider network of around 50聽youth volunteers, are selected聽from marginalized communities to聽represent youth voices in National聽SDG reviews, work with the聽government on youth policy,聽and mobilize their communities聽to volunteer.

Contact the Malawi team

Myanmar

The Myanmar Youth Network includes 60 youth ambassadors from three regions (Magway, Southern Shan, and Kayin States), empowering young people through peer-to-peer advocacy and support.

The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Project works through youth networks to enable young people 鈥 including people with disabilities 鈥 to realize their rights, advocate for their health needs, and enjoy freedom from gender-based violence.

Contact the Myanmar team

Nepal

Nepal has a growing young population, with more than 40% of the total population of Nepal aged between 16鈥40 years. Despite this, Nepal ranks 94th overall on the Youth Development Index.

Four hundred young people across three provinces 鈥 Bagmati Province, Madhesh Province and Karnali Province 鈥 have been working at multiple levels to redress this imbalance, actively working to improve education, health, and resilient livelihoods for young people in Nepal.

Contact the Nepal team

Nigeria

The network spreads across 17 states in Nigeria with over 300聽volunteers mainly focusing on engagement and advocacy around climate change, youth employment, and the Nigerian Youth Parliament.

The Nigerian National Volunteer聽Service (NNVS) works to fight poverty, break down tribal,聽religious, and political divides, and enhance national unity and wellbeing of the people. Nigeria鈥檚聽youth network is actively involved in helping to develop and further youth voices and volunteering as聽part of this program.

Contact the Nigeria team

Pakistan

Pakistan鈥檚 youth engagement work takes place within formal and informal youth networks of more than 200 young people across Pakistan.

The network has reached more than 10,000 young people through its social media pages and digital campaigning, as well as within physical spaces via touch points like education champions, rescue officers, youth trainers and primary actors while focusing on the most marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Contact the Pakistan team

Philippines

一分六合彩鈥檚 youth engagement in the Philippines focuses on social cohesion and durable peace, while promoting resilient livelihoods and communities.

Through youth networks, young people in the Philippines advocate for a wide range of causes, including peacebuilding and social cohesion, climate change action and resilience-building, birth registration programs for people at risk of statelessness, and the promotion and development of the country鈥檚 national volunteering program.

Contact the聽Philippines team

Rwanda

Over the past few years, the importance of promoting and improving young people鈥檚 health 鈥 particularly SRHR 鈥 through strengthening policy, strategy and community has come to the fore.

Youth volunteers in Rwanda have taken up the important challenge of ensuring that young people are able to assert their rights and take on their responsibilities when聽it comes to their health, covering聽eight districts, working with four consortium members, and eight collaborative partners.

Contact the Rwanda team

Sierra Leone

The youth network in Sierra Leone,聽called VIOnet (Volunteering聽Involving Organizations Network),聽has been working with the聽government to advance youth聽participation and inclusion,聽forming strategic partnerships to聽improve youth representation and聽collectively address their specific聽needs.

Where once young people聽were shut out of policymaking,聽VIOnet provides avenues and聽opportunities for collaboration聽between young people,聽communities and decision-makers.

Contact the Sierra Leone team

Tanzania

Tanzania has one of the world鈥檚 fastest-growing youth populations. While these millions of young
people face many challenges, they also represent a well of potential for the country鈥檚 future. The youth network in Tanzania covers six zones with 2,000 youth volunteers.

They actively engage in 一分六合彩 livelihood projects mainly focusing on social accountability, climate justice and advocacy for youth-friendly sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services.

Contact the Tanzania team

Thailand

Thailand has an ageing population, which means it is vital that the younger generations in Thailand have access to quality healthcare, education, and livelihoods opportunities to secure the county鈥檚 future.

Thailand鈥檚 youth network grew from a number of smaller youth groups coming together under the Voice of Youth project. The groups work together to build a peer support network, sharing best practices to strengthen their capabilities, empower their peers, and transfer knowledge and skills to the next generation

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Contact the Thailand team

Uganda

Uganda has the youngest population in the world, with more than three-quarters of Ugandans aged under 30. This presents a huge opportunity, but also a huge challenge.

The National Youth Engagement Network (NYEN) in Uganda formed in 2020 from alumni of the International Citizen Service (ICS), operating on a national level in four聽 different regions. It is a youth-led聽network and tackles challenges faced by the youth in Uganda, predominantly focused on issues in health and livelihoods.

Contact the Uganda team

Zambia

Zambia鈥檚 youth network is called Kalibu Youth 鈥 Tulande: An Open Space. It was established by a team of youth champions to help young people in Zambia tackle a number of challenges 鈥 from youth unemployment to access to sexual health services and a rising suicide rate among the youth population.

The youth movement was created around the central idea to provide a platform for young people to learn, share, and access service providers in both mental health and sexual and reproductive health.聽

Contact the Zambia team

Zimbabwe

一分六合彩鈥檚 youth work in Zimbabwe has traditionally centred on tackling health-related challenges. However, with increasing national and international attention on the climate crisis, the focus now also is shifting to the effects of climate聽change in disaster-prone areas and聽the roles young people can play in tackling the crisis.

The network has 20 youth volunteers working in Chimanimani District to help raise awareness 鈥 and sound the alarm 鈥 for climate change issues.

Contact the Zimbabwe team

Stories from our youth champions

Our climate champions

Security guard on a boat
Lisa Marie David

Facebook Live: Protecting coastal areas from climate-related disaster.

Watch the recordings from our three Facebook Lives from the Philippines, Kenya and Nigeria. Learn how 一分六合彩 climate activists are turning the tide of plastics, protecting their environment from deforestation, and mitigating the impact of natural disasters.

Kenyan youth group
Paul Wambugu/Obscuramedia

Our youth champions give their climate month round-up

Our youth champions took over our @一分六合彩People account on Twitter, to share the ways they're tackling climate change in their communities. Watch the video to find out more.

Youths chat under a tree
Paul Wambugu/ Obscuramedia

5 ways our youth champions are fighting climate change

In this blog we share five ways that our youth champions have realised tremendous achievements in creating climate awareness, climate resilience and triggering climate justice in their communities.

Our health champions

Aarati Patel

Meet our health champions: Aarati Patel

Meet Aarati, a health champion working on youth health rights in Nepal. Her work is helping youth and LGBTQ+ people to access sexual and reproductive health services.

youth health champion Yvonne
Chosa Mweemba

Meet our health champions: Yvonne Katwishi

Meet Yvonne, a health champion who's improving access to sexual and reproductive health for youth in her community, and empowering girls and boys in rural Zambia to make informed decisions about their sexual health.

Youth Health Champion Manisha gives a demonstration on sanitary pads
Smriti Basnet

Meet our health champions: Manisha Kumari Jah

Meet Manisha, a 19 year old volunteer who has been working with 一分六合彩 for three months as a Youth Health Champion, teaching young people about adolescent health in Nepal.