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The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world, United Nations Economic & Social Council Youth Forum

The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world, United Nations Economic & Social Council Youth Forum | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to be held on 30-31 January 2017, will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and share ideas on innovation, collective action and solutions to global problems. It will also address the concept of “shared prosperity”, which is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Millennials Are Letting Their Grandparents Decide Local Elections

Millennials Are Letting Their Grandparents Decide Local Elections | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Young people rarely vote in presidential races -- and even less often in mayoral contests. See which cities have the biggest generation gap in turnout.

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UN World Youth Report

UN World Youth Report | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
Prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement explores young people'
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Family Matters: City recruits youth to shape Victoria’s future

Family Matters: City recruits youth to shape Victoria’s future | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
VICTORIA – Young people aged 12-24 are invited to join the Youth Engagement Team to help guide city planners as they shape Victoria’s future.
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Give girls a voice and let them change their world

Give girls a voice and let them change their world | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
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"There are 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 146 countries worldwide. From responding to natural disasters and challenging gender-based violence to educating girls on health issues, these young women are taking the lead and working to improve their communities for the better."
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Campaign to Lower Voting Age to 16 in Local Races Ignites a Debate

Campaign to Lower Voting Age to 16 in Local Races Ignites a Debate | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Turning 16, for many teenagers, means finally driving a car without supervision or starting the college search. Now, a new campaign is hoping to add the ability to vote in local elections to the milestones of that age.

 

The campaign, called Vote16USA, which will be announced on Wednesday, aims to lower the voting age to 16 from 18 to spur civic engagement by younger Americans. But the push, by a nonpartisan group based in New York called Generation Citizen, which seeks to promote youth participation in politics, is igniting a debate about voter competency, adolescent decision making and whether allowing younger people to vote is the best way to politically engage teenagers.

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Declaration gives youth voice in policy-making

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New Zealand Youth Minister Nikki Kaye was pleased to address the opening of the four-day UN Youth Declaration in Auckland today.

 

“This is a great opportunity for young people to have a say on matters that are important to them, and for their voice to be heard,” says Ms Kaye.

 

Over the four days, participants take part in workshops and debates covering a range of public policy areas, from education and the environment to foreign affairs, law and order and social development.

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Qatar Challenges Global Youth to Help United Nations Fight Crime

"DOHA, Qatar, April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The State of Qatar took an unprecedented step to involve the youth in the global fight against crime by hosting the First Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice from 7 to 9 April 2015."

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4 ways #globaldev implementers can engage youth in civic activity

4 ways #globaldev implementers can engage youth in civic activity | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
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How can development professionals working with young people make sure that young people’s voices are heard in their communities, particularly in poor or violent societies?

 

According to Matt Streng, senior adviser for youth development at Mercy Corps, “What’s not obvious, and what needs to happen, is that we — as an international organization — and our peer agencies need to work more on how to create the demand at higher levels for meaningful youth participation.”

 

Streng suggested the global development community needs to move away from the “supply side” and create demand for young people by engaging leaders at multiple levels.

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Participation of youth delegates in Congress of Local and Regional Authorities activities

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold its 28th Session from 24 to 26 March 2015. On this occasion, it will welcome 15 youth delegates between the ages of 16 and 30, who will be invited to sit alongside the Congress members and take part in all the debates and meetings.

 

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Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures

Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
AbstractBringing together popular culture studies and sociocultural learning theory, in this paper we formulate the concept of “connected civics,” grounded in the idea that young people today are engaging in new forms of politics that are profoundly participatory. Often working in collaboration with adult allies, they leverage digital media and emerging modes of connectivity to achieve voice and influence in public spheres. The rise of participatory politics provides new opportunities to support connected civics, which is socially engaged and embedded in young people's personal interests, affinities, and identities. We posit three supports that build consequential connections between young people's cultural affinities, their agency in the social world, and their civic engagement: 1. By constructing hybrid narratives, young people mine the cultural contexts they are embedded in and identify with for civic and political themes relevant to issues of public concern. 2. Through shared civic practices, members of affinity networks lower barriers to entry and multiply opportunities for young people to engage in civic and political action. 3. By developing cross-cutting infrastructure, young people–often with adults–institutionalize their efforts in ways that make a loosely affiliated network into something that is socially organized and self-sustaining. Drawing from a corpus of interviews and case studies of youth affinity networks at various sites across the US, this paper recasts the relationship between connected learning, cultural production, and participatory politics.

 

(2015). Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures. Curriculum Inquiry: Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 10-29.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Youth Participation in Development: Southeast Asia experience and Thailand perspective

Youth Participation in Development: Southeast Asia experience and Thailand perspective | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Abstract: In the development studies field, participatory approach becomes dominant as it is the key to the effective development. The past development schemes especially in developing countries had caused dependency, conflict, and depletion in the society because the top-down, centralized, inefficient management of development policy. Beneficiaries are affected by corruption and misallocation of resources. As ASEAN is becoming more economically integrated in 2015, there will be a massive domestic development in many countries in order to maintain competitiveness and facilitate foreign direct investment. To sustain the development and mitigate its negative impact, participation of every stakeholder is required. This paper will assess how young people can maximize their capacity and contribute to the national and regional change.

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Students in Maryland Test Civic Participation and Win Right to Vote

Students in Maryland Test Civic Participation and Win Right to Vote | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Sarah Leonard, 15, joined a group of local teenagers here recently as they lobbied the City Council to grant them more power. Wearing a black “I am Hyattsville” T-shirt, she stood in front of a standing-room-only crowd, sounding confident as she addressed the lawmakers.

 

“Hyattsville should lower the voting age to 16 so that more young people can get started being active in their communities, which will continue with them their entire lives,” Ms. Leonard said in her public remarks. “When the number of voters increases, then the city government is bound to be better represented and backed up by more support.

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SDGs Implementation and Youth Engagement

H.E Dessima Williams - Former Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations and Special Adviser to the President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly o
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Call for Applications: 2017 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

Call for Applications: 2017 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Bern is seeking applications for its 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute
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CITY OF BOSTON RECEIVES 2016 GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

CITY OF BOSTON RECEIVES 2016 GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
Boston's youth participatory budgeting process recognized as top civic engagement practice BOSTON - Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Mayor Walsh today announced
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Raising Their Voices | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Raising Their Voices | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
Dakota McGovernMain Activism Focus: B.C. Student Alliance Dakota McGovern, a 17-year-old graduate of Windsor House School in North Vancouver, has been involved in activism since the age of 11. His work is all about claiming a place for student voice, within schools and beyond.
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Celebrating Girls, Transforming Girl Engagement

Celebrating Girls, Transforming Girl Engagement | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
Post written by Devan Shea, Senior Policy and Partnerships Associate at CHANGE Girls are at the heart of building a sustainable, empowered, and healthy future for all of us.
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"This year, for the first time, the U.S. government has articulated a strategy for empowering adolescent girls across its global health and development programs. In March, when Secretary of State John Kerry announced the Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls (also known as the “Adolescent Girl Strategy”), he committed to making it “part of our foreign policy DNA.”"
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Students get piece of the action after seeking a say in budget

Students get piece of the action after seeking a say in budget | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Last fall, high school sophomores Stephanie Perez and Ismael Mauricio joined a contingent of students at a State Board of Education meeting demanding that students get a say in how school districts spend money.

 

The state board listened; its regulations for the new school funding formula now require districts to explicitly consult students before they write their annual spending plans under the Local Control Funding Formula.

 

Perez’s and Mauricio’s principal at Overfelt High School in San Jose listened, too, in a way that surprised them. Vito Chiala turned over $50,000 of the school’s discretionary funding to students to spend however they chose.

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Youth Participation on Community Boards Boot Camp

Youth Participation on Community Boards Boot Camp | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Coalition for Youth Engagement invite young people ages 16-25 and those who work with youth (including educators, youth workers, and community board representatives) to a workshop exploring the structures and important roles of NYC community boards, and the opportunities for young people to engage in this civic leadership opportunity.

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Civics program helps students find their democratic voice

Civics program helps students find their democratic voice | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Transit planner Stephen Newhouse didn’t know what to expect when he was asked to evaluate a high school student project on transit options in a neighboring county.

 

What Newhouse found when he stepped into Richmond City Hall that day was a transit planner’s nirvana.

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Latvian minister: Greater youth participation “beneficial” for all

Latvian minister: Greater youth participation “beneficial” for all | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Enhanced political participation of young people will be beneficial both for society and decision makers, said Latvia's Minister for Education and Science Mārīte Seile, in an interview with EurActiv.

Seile spoke to Sarantis Michalopoulos at the EU Youth Conference, Empowering Youth Political Participation, in Riga.

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Japan's Youth Stand to Gain Stronger Voice

Japan's Youth Stand to Gain Stronger Voice | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

In the coming days, Japan’s parliament will consider a bill—endorsed across party lines and widely expected to pass—to give 18-year-olds the right to vote.

 

By itself, the move would add about 2%, or 2.4 million potential voters, to an electorate of 104 million. But it is a first stab at remedying a perception that the world’s fastest-aging nation has left the country’s young on the political sidelines.

 

A quarter of Japanese are older than 65—from just a 10th in 1985. That has created a political landscape where lawmakers court older voters with, for example, pledges to maintain generous pension payments. Often relegated to the back burner are issues important to future generations, such as job security and the salaries of temporary workers.

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Youth participation key to good decision making

Youth participation key to good decision making | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Youth development organisation Youthline says it is a priority for communities to facilitate meaningful youth participation.

 

This was one of the driving forces behind a meeting of Youthline’s National Youth Advisory Group, recently renamed the National Youth Collective, (NYC) last month.

 

Youthline Auckland facilitates five YAGs and supports 35 Youth Health Councils (YHC) across the Auckland Region These groups are held in partnership with several organisations, including the Waitemata District Health Board, Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB), the CMDHB Alternative Education YAG, the Auckland Central YAG and the National YAG, or NYC with Youth Health Councils in secondary schools taking on projects to improve the wellbeing of their peers within a school setting.

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To Build Better Youth Policies, Listen to Young People - International Women's Health Coalition

To Build Better Youth Policies, Listen to Young People - International Women's Health Coalition | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

In his official address commemorating International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called youth a “transformative force,” adding: “Young men and women are not passive beneficiaries, but equal and effective partners. Their aspirations extend far beyond jobs; youth also want a seat at the table — a real voice in shaping the policies that shape their lives. We need to listen to and engage with young people. We need to establish more and stronger mechanisms for youth participation. The time has come to integrate youth voices more meaningfully into decision-making processes at all levels.”

 

Indeed, youth participation is now widely recognized as a fundamental human right. At the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, governments acknowledged that young people ages 10-24 have special needs for sexual and reproductive health information and services, and that their involvement and participation in designing and implementing programs that meet these needs will be critical to international development.

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