Deadline: 5th February 2020
About the Youth Action Lab
Communities around the world have been increasingly mobilizing 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 center 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 organizing themselves in ways that are decentralized, 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 mobilization 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.
To be eligible for the Youth Action Lab Program, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Organizations or individuals are also able to nominate young people who meet the eligibility criteria below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.
Note: We place more value on practical experience rather than professional or academic credentials.
You are eligible if:
- You are a young person between the ages of 18 and 32 as of 29 February 2020
- You are a citizen of a country under the ‘’eligible regions’’ section
- You are living and working within a community in your home country (Individuals with refugee status working within communities in the listed countries also qualify)
- You are an initiator or part of mobilized networks or movements, or smaller, informal change-seeking communities.
- You have been carrying out activism work within the community consistently for a minimum of 2 years.
- You are an innovative activist who does not fit within the traditional notions of civil society and works in ways that are non-formal, disruptive and decentralized.
- You have a proven track record of engagement within the community, demonstrating organizing prowess in addressing social injustices and political issues in the community.
- You are available to travel for aspects of the program to be held outside of your country
- You are committed to staying in your community to strengthen the work for at least two years after completing this program.
- You are able and willing to share your learnings and experiences with your community members.
- You are ready and available to commit to the program from January 2020 to February 2021.
- You are an open-minded person, willing to challenge yourself and have a track record of implementing similar or related projects.
- You haven’t had significant access to similar programs.
Applications are welcome from individuals living in a country in the Global South, especially historically marginalized communities of the Global South- from the following regions:
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Middle East and North Africa
After the submission deadline on 5 February 2020, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel comprised of young activists who will assess applications against the eligibility criteria. A shortlist with suitable candidates will be finalized and they will be contacted and invited for an oral interview.
The final selection of the 2020 cohort of the Youth Action Lab will be made by 21 February 2020.