The Youth Action Lab is a pilot project supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
This initiative is part of CIVICUS Youth and Civil Society Resourcing workstreams to build a more resilient, effective, safe and diverse civil society in the 21st Century
The Youth Action Lab is a one year co-creation lab for grassroots youth activists based in the global south which works to support their movements to become more resilient and sustainable in their pursuit of a more equitable world.
The Lab is an innovative, safe, active, inclusive, collective, representative and connected space, online and physical for grassroots activists, which thoughtfully considers diverse contexts and ecosystems to better resource them to flourish with their communities.
Participants in the Lab work to build political solidarity and networks, strengthen capacities in engaging with policy processes, and access resources to support their movement.
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The Lab will act as a hub for testing new ways of working within civil society and mobilizing learnings from across sectors in support of youth-led movements.
The Lab will provide participants
with an unrestricted award of up
to USD$5000 USD, access to in-kind support and other non-financial resources, as well as capacity strengthening in order to support more sustainable and resilient movements.
The Lab will provide opportunities for capacity strengthening through peer-to-peer learning, coaching, and skill-building workshops with the aim of supporting youth activists to be more strategic and targeted in their campaigning.
The Lab, through regular peer
learning sessions online, will create spaces for movements and collectives of young people to connect, share experiences, and heal together, in order to build stronger alliances and more connected movements.
Applicants must be:
1 • Young people between the age of 18 and 32;
2 • Able to commit to a one year program;
3 • Based in either Latin America, The Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific;
4 • An activist with at least two years of experience working at the grassroots level mobilising for change around key economic, environmental, social, cultural, and civil rights issues. This includes artivism, journalism, social entrepreneurship, and community work.
5 • A member of broader coalition, network, or movement working to advocate for change in the local or national context who can represent that movement within the Lab.
Applications Close on February 1st, 2021.
Participants Announced on March 1st, 2021.
Virtual Orientation Week: mid-late April 2021.
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