Children & Youth

Children & Youth

In conflict, the world typically looks at young people as either victims or villains. As victims, children lack power and must be protected; as villains, young people are blamed for violence and instability. But around the world, many children and youth are partners for peace. We work to empower children and youth to be true agents of conflict transformation in their communities. Investing in young men and women enables them not just to create a brighter tomorrow for themselves, but also to help build peace today for all of us. Our Children and Youth Programs employ an innovative, multi-pronged approach, incorporating elements of education, voice, action, partnerships, and policy. Our programs range in topic from peace education, youth-focused TV and radio shows, leadership training, and sports clinics. In all of our youth projects, we help young people show the world that they are leaders for peace.

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Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding -

The UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Subgroup on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding, co-chaired by the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and Search for Common Ground, has developed the Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding. This working group consists of members representing a number of UN entities, non-governmental organizations, academics and youth-led organizations.

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Global Evaluation of Children & Youth Participation in Peacebuilding

Global Evaluation of Children & Youth Participation in Peacebuilding -

A global evaluation of Children and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding (CYPP) has never been done before. Five international NGOs have started cooperation on this project, with the purpose of identifying what methods work, and why. The greater goal is to support the improvement of children and youth peacebuilding initiatives by identifying and developing approaches, methods and tools for their further expansion.


Mapping a Sector: Bridging the Evidence Gap on Youth-Driven Peacebuilding - As part of the implementation of UNSCR 2250, we led a Global Survey of youth-led peacebuilding organizations with UNOY. Read the full report here.
UNSCR 2250 – a Toolkit for Youth - Discover the potential of Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security and learn how you can help.


Youth Transforming Violent Extremism - While radicalized youth make the headlines, the thousands of young activists countering violent extremism rarely get the spotlight. Let's change that together.


Youth-led Research - What happens when young peacebuilders become researchers? Learn more here!

stay connected with our Children & Youth Programs

“La voix de la go” - Our team in Côte d’Ivoire is implementing a project called “La Voix de la Go” (“The Voice of the Young Girl”) which uses media training as a way to empower young girls. Using film equipment and the knowledge they gained from their trainings, young school girls from eight […]

latest projects

Kallewa Manio: Countering Violent Extremism in Diffa - We are working with youth in Diffa, Niger, to create a community response to violent extremism.
Preventing Violent Extremism Through Comic Books - Our comic book Youmiyyat Daly helps share positive values of tolerance and understanding among Tunisian youth.
A Youth-led Approach to Conflict Analysis - Over the past few months, increased violence in Mopti cast a shadow on peace and stability across Mali, urging civil society, the Malian government, and the international community to expand their focus to the central regions of the country.




Program Director
Saji Prelis
SFCG – Washington

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