About half of the volunteers of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are young people.
A special focus on young people is a crucial investment, not only for today but also for the future. The safety and protection of young people in vulnerable circumstances must be addressed, taking into account their age- and gender-specific needs.
In their multiple roles as contributors – and acknowledging their skills as innovators, inter-cultural ambassadors and peer-to-peer facilitators – young people are educated, enabled and empowered to be active in leading and participating in voluntary activities and in the governance, management and services of their National Societies. To this end, we use non-formal approaches as well as specific training and skills development. These are underpinned by dedicated youth networks and structures. We also encourage young people to continue membership as adults.
Young people bring much-needed skills when working alongside the increasing numbers of older people in a spirit of mutual respect. This is crucial to the intergenerational transfer of experience that is vital to both progress and stability in society.
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The Solferino Youth Declaration was prepared using input from almost five hundred young people from 149 countries, and calls on the young people of the world, as well as National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, national governments and international organizations and NGOs to do more, do better and reach further.
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If you have questions or suggestions, you can contact the IFRC youth team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.