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YouthCAN offers young activists the opportunity for learning, engaging, connecting and creating. Learn more about YouthCAN and how we support you in growing your activism.

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Youth Innovation Labs

YouthCAN brings together dedicated young activists to learn, explore and create campaigns to stand up to hate and make a positive difference in their communities.

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Our online network connects over 1500 young activists in a safe space for sharing resources, opportunity and inspiration. Connect with them via our Facebook group.

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Leading Conversations

YouthCAN gives young activists a voice to challenge hate, counter extremism and promote peace through the contribution to our online blog - released monthy. Check it out!

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Global connections. Local impact.

YouthCAN works at the community level on a global scale. We've held Youth Innovation Labs in over 20 countries across 4 continents. In every location, we work closely with local partners to craft and deliver a programme that is locally relevant and tailor-made for our activists. From every Lab come localised campaigns and initiatives that are designed and managed by the young activists to tackle the most pressing challenges facing youth in their community. They are youth-led, meaning they are always relevant, meaningful and impactful.

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Islamabad, it was a pleasure!

The YouthCAN team were in Islamabad, Pakistan between November 15th and 17th for another Youth Innovation Lab, supporting youth activist groups in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to counter hate speech, polarisation and extremism in their communities.

It was an honour to have met such inspiring and wonderful participants, and to get to understand more about the specific issues they're facing. We're looking forward to the release of the campaigns over the coming months.

You can keep up to date with the progress of the lab on our Facebook page where we will be making announcements about our next lab very soon!

Alternatively, if you'd like to get a more visual understanding of the labs, check out our Instagram page.

The Many States of Activism - Report Launched!

YouthCAN has released our latest findings report from a survey we conducted with over 700 young activists globally in 2018-2019, supported by 12 in-depth interviews involving activists from the MENA region, West Africa and South Asia. The report provides them the opportunity to share their experiences, perspectives and insights about the field of P/CVE on a global stage, and help inform evidence-based policy making and practice.

Utilising the Global Conflict Risk index, the report is the first ever of its kind to relay the experiences of P/CVE activists from countries with high and moderate levels of violence, and compare them with the experiences of those from non-violent countries. The similarities and differences between their experiences are mapped out in a comprehensive, accessible and digestible way so that the report can help a range of actors better approach P/CVE affecting youth.

The report was released on the 23rd January 2020 in the Hague, followed by a London launch event on the 28th January, where it directly reached policy-makers and provided a platform for youth to have their voices heard. For those who were not able to attend, the report is available for download here.

Let's get blogging (again)

We know we've been pretty slow at updating our blogs (well, it's been over two years!) but we're going to do better this year. Our blogs will be published monthly, starting in January 2020. They will provide youth activists, youth-leaders, organisations and practitioners the chance to share their experiences, work and best practices in the field of youth P/CVE. If you have a story to share - maybe a project or policy that you would like highlighted - then get in touch with us! We'd love to hear your ideas, and support you by giving you a platform to amplify that message. You can contact us through the website, or simply click here to send us an email. If you'd like to check out our past blogs, we'e archived them on our blog page - but they're still there, all you need to do is click to see the previous articles.

YouthCAN and You!

Become a Remote Volunteer

Want to lead the discussion around countering hate, extremism and polarisation? Do you have materials and content on the issues that you would like to share regularly but don't know the right places to do so? We are looking for a team of volunteers from around the world to help moderate, facilitate and encourage discussion among our online community of over 1,500 activists. It only requires a couple hours a week, and we will provide you all the support you need. Apply now and help amplify impact!

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Resources for Activism

Knowledge is power! To help you unleash that power, we have developed some useful guides, reports and toolkits to support young activists aiming to challenge hate speech, polarisation and extremism in their communities - both online and offline. The resources cover everything from youth engagement in P/CVE and counter-narrative development, to monitoring and evaluating online campaigns and advice for training.

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