and International Social Change
INTRODUCTION: The Freechild Project believes that young people around the world are making positive social change a
constant, validating reality in many countries. These young
peoples' leadership and vision are driving government, economic,
education, religious, and societal changes.
Point to Ponder:
"A century that began with children having
virtually no rights is ending with children having the most
powerful legal instrument that not only recognizes but protects
their rights." - Carol Bellamy UNICEF Executive Director.
researchers have included here
organizations, programs and publications resources that explore
the role of young people in international social change.
Programs, Projects & Organizations
Young people, intent on finding new ways to
prevent the crimes against humanity then ravaging the former
Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and other zones of conflict around the world,
formed this group of international young activists in 1997. Today, GYC
aims to prevent such atrocities from occurring in the first place.
Global Youth Action Network
The Global Youth ACTION Network
is a growing collaboration among youth organizations in almost 200
countries, providing resources and recognition for positive youth
action and facilitating intergenerational partnership in global
decision-making. GYAN enables communication and resource-sharing among
youth organizations to maximize the collective impact of their work
for a better world.
Voices of Youth
VOY is a youth community website created by
UNICEF. It is a platform where young people can explore, discuss and
partner on issues related to human rights and social change by using
tools like e-discussion boards, guidelines and news. It's about
linking children and adolescents in different countries to speak out
and take action on global issues that are important to them and to
creating a world fit for children. VOY offers all children and
adolescents, including the hard-to-reach, a safe and
supportive global cyberspace.
An international organization that is led by
youth and empowered by technology. TIG brings together young people in
more than 200 countries within international networks to collaborate
on concrete projects addressing global problems and creating positive
Youth Action Net
The International Youth
Parliament is a network of young leaders in 150 countries with a
vision of "youth building an equitable, sustainable and peaceful
Free The Children
Free the Children is dedicated to
eliminating the exploitation of children around the world, by
encouraging youth to volunteer in, as well as to create programs and
activities that relieve the plight of underprivileged children.
Childhope's projects aim to
create opportunities for street children to get off the streets and
rebuild their lives by enabling them to go back to school, to learn
skills from which they can earn a living and to be reunited with their
families where appropriate.
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS)
Working to eliminate illegal, unjust and cruel child labor practices in sweatshops worldwide.
Slavery and Chocolate
Information on Iqbal Masih, the sweatshop worker who became a martyr at 12 for children's labor rights.
Child Rights Information Network
An excellent source of information
on the Convention and Committee on the Rights of the Child and on
child rights issues such as children in armed conflict and
displacement, child labor and initiatives against the sexual
exploitation of children. Also very useful for links to other
organizations working on children's rights.
Chernobyl Children's Project
An Irish Charity
responding to child victims of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant disaster in
1986. CCP has sent in excess of IR£12m in aid to Belarus, Western
Russia and The Ukraine and brought 7,200 children to Ireland for
summer holidays. Life saving operations for dozens of kids are
arranged through CCP's Long Term Care Programme.
Youth In Action Network
Learn about important issues, Talk to young people from over 80
different countries, and Take Action with surveys, petitions and
lobbying tools! Meet new people, have fun, and help make the world a
better place. Your voice matters - Use it!
We are a
group of young people who are dedicated to the world and all young people in
it. Young People should get equal opportunities in jobs, and should be
paid as much as other adults are paid in the same positions.
IAbolish – the
The Campaign to End Child Labor
Progressive Era campaign to end child labor, with photographs,
cartoons, poems, essays and books by Jane Addams, Edwin Markham, Scott
Nearing, Mother Jones, Felix Adler, Lewis Hine, and others.
Resources for Social Change with Young People in Palestine & Israel
Young people around the world can make a
difference. In the MidEast there are many groups of youth making a
difference, and this page features information for some of them.
Youth Activism and Global Engagement
A One World Special Report. An excellent summary
of various components of global youth activism.
Growing Up in an Urbanising World
Chawla. More than half
of all children in industrialised countries live in urban areas, and
the same will be true in the developing world in the near future. Yet,
by almost all indicators, cities are failing to meet the needs of
young people, prejudicing their chances as adults. This important
volume marks the revival of the Growing Up in Cities project of UNESCO
— pioneered in the 1970s by the influential urban planner Kevin Lynch
— which seeks to understand the reasons why young people find their
city a good place in which to grow up, or a place where they feel
alienated and disconnected.
Sourcebook on Sustainable Development
The Youth Sourcebook contains information on youth's concerns with
development issues, case studies of youth action, skills for
organizing action, useful resource lists, and a directory of
international and regional youth organizations.
Special Report: Young People Count, by World Bank Institute
This special issue of Development Outreach features a number of
discussing how to better include young people into the development
how to work with and to learn from them.
Youth Actions & Proposals for Social Change
Young people with the Alliance for a Responsible,
Plural, and United World wrote this proposal notebook. It
includes proposals of strategies for change as well as youth
different fields of development and human betterment that include
culture; poverty; HIV/AIDS; education; conflict resolution;
governance; lifeskills and lifestyles.
United Nations Convention of the
Rights of the Child (CRC)
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate
the full range of human rights – civil and political rights as well as
economic, social and cultural rights for people under 21.
The US has refused to ratify it and make it law for more than 10
Youth in Cities: A Cross-National
Whether in the ghettos of the United
States, the barrios of Brazil, or the ethnic neighborhoods of Germany
and Lebanon, a growing number of urban youth find themselves
marginalized from the social mainstream, facing problems of fragile
families, segregation, little or no education, and involvement in
illegal activities. Both rich and poor countries are failing to meet
the needs of their urban youth owing to weak institutional frameworks
coupled with global economic restructuring that undermines traditional
ways of earning a living. Youth in Cities compares the circumstances
of urban youth cross-nationally, illustrating the formidable
challenges faced by young people trying to define their place in a
rapidly changing world. Using both comparative evidence and case
studies, this volume illustrates the common needs of youth throughout
the world and makes a case for the role of youth as creative social
assets and positive forces for social change.
Amnesty International’s page on the Convention on the Rights of the
Trafficking Nightmare for Nigerian Children
Trafficking is when people are sold as slaves.
Read this true account.
Disposable People – New Slavery in a Global Economy
Fact Sheet #14 – Modern Forms of Slavery
Children's Participation: The Theory and
Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and
By R. Hart. Hart details his conviction that all
children can play a central and lasting role in sustainable
development if their genuine participation is taken seriously and if
communities recognize their developing competencies and unique
strengths. This guide introduces the organizing principles, successful
models, practical techniques and resources for involving children in
environmental projects, with useful further reading and contact
Former Soviet Union: Portrait of the Next Generation
This article focuses on youth trends in Azerbaijan and is based on a
compares youth in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan.
Child Slavery Profiles
"Globalisation of youth activism and human rights"
Global Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century
By N. Welton and L. Wolf.
This visually and
emotionally striking book reflects the new global youth movement for
peace and justice. Told through compelling personal narratives, poster
art, poetry, photographs, and interviews with new and seasoned
activists, Global Uprising captures the spirit of youth
activism and honors young people's power to effect serious change. It
highlights a wide-range of critical international issues and actions.
Report's Agenda for Action
Guide to Globalisation's "Practical Responses To Globalisation"