CIVICUS Youth Action Lab

CIVICUS Youth Action Lab

CIVICUS, Youth Action Lab

Application deadline: 5th February, 2020


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. 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 with about $2499 usd available.


CIVICUS : World Alliance for Citizen Participation, entered in a three-year partnership with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to try to answer how can we mobilize our networks, knowledge and experience to better resource movements and strengthen the action of new generation change-makers in the Global South.
With the aim of not only identifying a new resourcing mechanism, but also defining new working modalities between civil society and social movements, this lab was developed through a participatory process. In July 2019, CIVICUS Youth recruited a regionally diverse team of youth advocates and activists to co-design and implement a one-year pilot program focused on supporting 10 youth activists from around the world. During a weeklong co-creation meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2019, the team designed a test pilot, which is now the Youth Action Lab. The proposed prototype was also tested amongst a variety of stakeholder groups through qualitative interviews and focus groups.



• 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.


How It Works

1. Accessing Resources
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.


2. Developing Strategy
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



3. Building Alliances
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





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