To achieve a more just society, youth must have the chance to be heard, to influence policies, programs, and institutions that impact their lives, and to access resources that enable them to lead lives of dignity and independence. GFC is committed to raising the voices of young people around the world. A new youth leadership council will engage young leaders as collaborators in NGO policy and operations.
Living in slums, refugee camps, and remote villages, many youth are limited by their circumstances for basic rights and opportunities--but they have passion and potential to be change-makers and models in their own communities. Leadership skills training can help youth realize their strengths and aspirations, and to improve their communities, while their experience, ideas, and visions are assets to advance GFC's work.
We want to provide an authentic leadership opportunity through creation of the first GFC Youth Leadership Council: a body of young leaders commissioned to articulate and advance the needs of youth peers, and to serve as advisors to GFC. This council's activities would include quarterly planning meetings, representation at GFC Board meetings, mentorships, networking and speaking engagements. Other benefits include career counseling and networking with global partners.
Leadership skills contribute to the development of young people and their communities. As a model of strength, independent thinking, confidence, and decision-making, a local youth leader creates a legacy of inspiration for future generations. This is especially impactful in underserved communities. Youth leaders give young people cause to be enthusiastic for their future.