It’s a fact that violent extremists leverage on young people’s grievances to recruit them to their cause. But while radicalized youth make the headlines, the thousands of young activists countering violent extremism rarely get the spotlight.
The truth is simple: the great majority of young people aren’t perpetrators of violence, but partners for peace and positive agents of change. At Search, we work with thousands of young peacebuilders to counter recruitment by violent extremist groups and build alternative narratives. From last year’s Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism in New York, to the #StanForPeace initiative, November’s Regional Summit in Nigeria, and the #Youth4Peace movement, Search is on the frontlines of global efforts to empower youth as champions against violent extremism.