The CCIVS Youth Committee (YC)
The Youth Committee is envisaged as supporting the CCIVS Executive Committee
and Secretariat with the development of the youth dimension and the implementation of the CCIVS strategic plan, itself approved among other motions in the CCIVS General Assembly 2021. Although the main task of CCIVS is to support IVS organisations and advocate for IVS broadly, it is necessary to ensure that CCIVS can directly communicate with young people or where they can express their needs and/or advocate for the role of young people in relation to volunteering. Youth are the principal participants in IVS activities, it seems pertinent that young people themselves be the ones who represent and advocate for themselves within CCIVS. An organisation that works for a better future together with young people and does not have a youth organisation misses an important point of view about reality and needs. When CCIVS attends youth events, it should be young people themselves who take the floor. It is therefore essential that CCIVS gives a space for young people to give direct input, learn to advocate for IVS, take up advocacy work in youth platforms and give direction to CCIVS policies from their youth perspective.
These objectives are guided by the conviction that young people are powerful agents of change and that their involvement is essential for building a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. By working with CCIVS, we are committed to achieving the following objectives:
These objectives aim to ensure that the CCIVS Youth Committee effectively engages with young volunteers, supports their development, and integrates their perspectives into the organisation’s activities and policies. These objectives align with the justification and purpose outlined in the CCIVS Youth Committee Guidelines.
The Role of The Youth Committee
Young people are key to the development and promotion of CCIVS. The Youth Committee representatives are designated by CCIVS member organisations and support the CCIVS Executive Committee (EC) and Secretariat with the development of the youth dimension of our activities by:
Participation in the Youth Committee is a first step into becoming more involved in CCIVS governance.
The members of the Youth Committee are selected ensuring the participation of different regions, gender balance, based on the following criteria:
Functioning and Meetings
The Youth Committee meets online once in a month, the dates to be defined before the EC meetings in order to ensure that the content discussed is feeding and informing the discussions of the EC.
Where possible, members of the Youth Committee are encouraged to take part in CCIVS training programmes, to give them the opportunity to learn more about IVS and to develop their policymaking and advocacy skills.