Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN)
YouthCAN is the leading global youth network dedicated to countering extremism, polarisation, hate speech and disinformation.
The YouthCAN community unites over 1,900 young activists, creatives and tech entrepreneurs in more than 130 countries to amplify their efforts worldwide.
YouthCAN works to:
Empower youth through training and resources which enable them to act independently as leaders for change.
Increase the amount of effective youth-led and youth-focused content available to address extremist propaganda.
Elevate youth voices to policymakers in order to affect change and encourage stakeholders to involve youth in a meaningful way in policy development.
Provide insight to policy makers and other stakeholders to help ensure programmes and policies which affect youth are informed and relevant.
Connect young people across the globe with other activists and professionals working in other sectors who can support their activism.
The online YouthCAN network engages young people and provides them with the tools they need to create effective content aimed at challenging hate speech and extremism. Offline, our Youth Innovation Labs provide young activists with the resources and expertise to develop and deliver counter-speech campaigns for tackling issues affecting young people in their communities.
In 2017, YouthCAN partnered with another ISD project – the Strong Cities Network – to develop the Young Cities project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project aims to connect young activists and youth leaders with local policy-makers and municipal authorities, deliver training to build their capacities to enact change together and establish a more permanent framework for dialogue.
The project is currently in its seventh phase: implementing its second Digital Youth Innovation Lab, this time in Lahore, Pakistan, while overcoming the challenges that COVID-19 has presented.
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ISD’s YouthCAN team
Executive Director for Africa, the Middle East and Asia (AMEA)
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