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Youth civil society organisations work best together.

We are in our hundreds,and together we form the Youth Collective. 

We’re all either led by young people or serving young people – groups, networks, or organisations.  We are diverse – and include organisations in all corners of the world, working on many different issues.  The thing we have in common is a belief that young people can lead change.  

Many of the problems we face are unique to being youth organisations as are many of the opportunities and things that we learn.  We’re coming together to connect, learn and share. 

The Youth Collective is a place for members to:

Problem-solve.

Come together to address common challenges including resourcing, leadership, coordination, negative perceptions as well as emerging challenges

Co-create.

Work together to create training and resources 

Collaborate.

Discover other organisations, learn about their work,  and partner with them

Advocate. 

Influence decision-makers on key issues affecting Youth Civil Society together

You can join the Youth Collective and there are lots of ways to be involved.

Join the Youth Collective Facebook group and connect with other youth civil society organisations.

Add your organisation as a listing in our directory of youth civil society.

Why does youth civil society matter? 

Youth civil society organisations are able to mobilise and connect vast networks of young people who can lead change in communities around the world.  These networks of young people – who make up the majority of most communities in the global south- can help deliver the scale of change that we need to see in development.

Our organisations are also in a unique position. Agile and grassroots, youth civil society organisations are typically based at the heart of communities, closest to the problems and the community-guided solutions. In many cases we are lifelines for communities, representing community need above all else, and helping to bridge the gap with formal decision making bodies, such as governments.

But, according to research carried out by the Development Alternative, youth civil society overall is just surviving, not thriving.  

Challenges include access to funding, coordination between youth civil society organisations, NGOs, INGOs, and development partners; and a lack of power and access to decision-makers. 

Read more about the challenges facing Youth Civil Society and the reasons we need to ensure it thrives.

Our ambition is to record all Youth Civil society organisations worldwide on the Youth Collective map and directory, which we hope will build a picture of youth civil society, where it exists, where it is struggling and where it is thriving. 

The Youth Collective is co-owned and led by youth civil society organisations from around the world.

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