CIVICUS Youth action Lab for Young People from Global South 2020 (Fully Funded)

CIVICUS Youth action Lab for Young People from Global South 2020 (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Feb 5th, 2020

The Challenge:

Communities around the world have been increasingly mobilising to challenge historic and systemic forms of oppression – putting themselves on the frontlines of protests, working in their communities, and taking these conversations online. People are demanding institutions to be more responsive to their rights, challenging the status quo, and responding to the increase in hate and violence.

Young people are at the centre of these movements – working to ensure safe communities and a protected environment for themselves and for future generations. However, contrary to traditional ways of working, young activists in the 21st century are organising themselves in ways that are decentralised, informal, and radical. Increasingly, young activists do not align themselves with the traditional structures of civil society. From the pro-democracy protests, to climate strikers, to the #MeToo movement online, we are witnessing an era of mass mobilisation against long standing injustices.

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 sustainable and 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. 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 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 an in-person residency and regular peer learning sessions, 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.

The Lab will provide participants with an unrestricted microgrant of up to $2499 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.
• Young people between the age of 18 and 32.
• Able to commit to a one year program.
• Based in either Latin America, The Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Asia, and the
• 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.
• 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 Launch — Applications Close
— Participants Announced
— Orientation Residency

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