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Working with young people

At Plan International, everything we do supports children and young people in claiming their rights. But we can’t do this without listening to them and including them in decisions about our work.

We work not only for children and young people, but with them as partners. By hearing the voices of young people and involving them in our work, we can make sure that everything we do has the greatest possible impact.

Involving young people in Plan International’s internal governance reminds the organisation about why it does its work and for whom

Young people have a fundamental right to be part of making decisions that affect them, and they have important ideas and suggestions to improve the way we work. That’s why we have panels of youth advisors worldwide who are part of our decision-making – holding us to account for our promises to children and young people.

Our youth advisors take part in Board meetings, advise on our country programme plans, run events to inspire other children, and much, much more. We have a global panel of youth advisors, as well as national panels in 41 countries.  

Global Youth Advisory Panel                                                  

Our Global Youth Advisory Panel is made up of 9 young people aged 17-23 from different countries around the world. We also have 4 Global Youth Advisory Panel alumni who provide expert support and guidance to the panel members.

“Involving young people in Plan International’s internal governance reminds the organisation about why it does its work and for whom,” says Frank, Global Youth Advisory Panel member from Uganda. Meet our Global Youth Advisory Panel.

The Global Youth Advisory Panel’s priorities include: taking part in meetings with the Members’ Assembly and International Board – our highest decision-making bodies; providing insights and new perspectives on global initiatives; providing guidance to staff on working with young people; supporting the development of national panels of youth advisors.

“Involving children and youth makes us more accountable, it raises our game and it’s the right thing to do,” says Tessie San Martin, Plan International USA’s National Director.

The current Global Youth Advisory Panel members are: Aino from Finland, Breanne from Canada, Frank from Uganda, Kamanda from Sierra Leone, Maisha from Bangladesh, Nadyah from USA, Nancy from Guatemala, and Neha from India, and Tova from Sweden. Our Global Youth Advisory Panel alumni are Jacinto from El Salvador, Sara from the USA, Simone from the UK, and Agung from Indonesia.

Read more about their priorities, interests, and reasons for being involved with Plan International’s work here.

Our Global Strategy for youth engagement in our internal decision-making is available at the bottom of the page.

National Youth Advisory Panels

41 of Plan International’s offices around the world have their own National Youth Advisory Panels. Our Youth Advisory Panels work directly with country management teams to make sure that children and young people are involved in making decisions about our work in their own countries.

“The decisions Plan International makes impact on our lives. It is our right to be involved in these decisions!” says one of Plan International El Salvador’s youth advisors.

“Members of the Youth Advisory Panels in Sierra Leone have contributed immensely to Plan International’s Ebola response in our country though raising awareness on the radio, through blogs and developing a film,” says one of the panel members in Sierra Leone.

“Young people are enthusiastic and very innovative and have a tendency to think outside the box,” says Mohamed Kamal, Programme Unit Manager at Plan International Egypt – one of the latest offices to set up a Youth Advisory Panel. 

Voice of Youth

Voices of Youth offers inspiring, original insight and opinion from across the globe – from young people, for young people. The Voices of Youth community proves that young people are making a difference, each and every day. But making a difference doesn’t have to be boring – Voices of Youth brings fresh and honest views and stories, written and filmed by our unbeatable international youth bloggers. Join the discussion and connect with your peers around the world.