Developing young people, for today and tomorrow

Around half of the total volunteers of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are young people. The International Federation recognizes the importance of building the capacity of youth as key agents for social change and economic development, and to further promote youth volunteering as a way for young people to become aware of the benefits of civic engagement.

Currently, youth constitute 18 per cent of the world’s population and are a tremendous resource for national development.

The determination of young people for self-improvement and their commitment to improving the social, political and economic fabric of society through individual and group action can clearly be seen.

The current key priorities 

  • Providing technical support to National Societies to develop youth policies and structures,
  • Involving youth at all levels in programmes and services,
  • Developing a youth leadership programme, and
  • Facilitating the global knowledge sharing in the area of youth development and strengthening cooperation with organizations working with and for youth.

In this section, you can find out how the voice of youth is heard in the governance of the International Federation through the Youth Commission, how young people have created networks for action and advocacy, as well as partnerships with other organizations. You can also find out about recent achievements towards youth development, as well as the IFRC Youth Award, presented at each General Assembly.

The IFRC currently has one department supporting youth action and volunteering development in Geneva. Further support is provided to National Societies by zone based organizational development coordinators in the Africa, Americas, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Middle East and North Africa zones.

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