Tag: youth

Building Bridges: Why Young Activists are Vital to the Future of Cities

Above: youth from Dakar, Senegal, participate in an Innovation Lab as part of Young Cities’ programme of work ‘Young people are the future’. While this is a truism, the reality of a growing youth population for cities makes the prospect a daunting one. In some cases,  youth population growth is outstripping the country’s ability to…
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Launch of Youth Engagement project with Kwale County, Kenya

Building trust between youth and local government can be a daunting task. The more local governments can create opportunities to support, partner and work with youth on the local issues that matter most to them, the better.  Our Young Cities program aims to do just this,  and in June we embarked on a partnership with…
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Young Cities prepares for its next Phase of activities

Above: the launch of the Tripoli Youth Office in Lebanon The past two months have been a busy period for the Young Cities team, delivering activities in collaboration with SCN members in Kenya, Lebanon and Senegal. Young Cities is SCN’s flagship youth engagement, capacity-building, advocacy and policy programme that supports the development of local youth-led…
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Practice Spotlight: Interview with Marijeta Mojasevic – Youth Advisor for the Municipality of Berane, Montenegro

Marijeta Mojašević is a Youth Advisor for the Municipality of Berane, a town in the north of Montenegro. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992, the region was rocked by armed conflict throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Montenegro gained independence in 2006, and while the country has remained peaceful, the aftermath of the Balkan…
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Launch of first Youth Office in Tripoli Municipality, Lebanon

The municipality of Tripoli has been part of the Strong Cities Network for over two years and in that time has become one of our most active cities. Working closely with the Strong Cities regional team, the municipality of Tripoli has worked to establish a Local Prevention Network (LPN), deliver PVE activities to youth, coordinate…
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Tripoli Express: Art and Theatre against Hate

Combining art and personal experience, the Tripoli Express Project brings together youth to discuss and work through their struggles via creative mediums. As part of the Prevention Network of Tripoli’s plan for 2018, the activity aims to build the capacity of underprivileged youths previously exposed to conflict through a multi-session theatre training exploring questions of…
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Lebanon: Saida Scouts and UNRWA organise closing ceremony for PVE Training

As part of its series of annual Strong Cities Network activities, the Saida Community Prevention Network (CPN) organised a closing ceremony following the successful delivery of two Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) trainings. The first brought together Scout leaders representing the different Scout associations in the city, while the second training was delivered to teachers…
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Young Cities hold Youth Innovation Lab in Mombasa, Kenya

After Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, Kenya saw its first Young Cities Youth Innovation lab take place in Mombasa from 19 – 21 November. Young Cities unites efforts from ISD’s Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Strong Cities Network (SCN), and is an integrated training and support programme for young activists and municipal policymakers and practitioners….
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Article: Activists in Lebanon are taking on the country’s stray bullet problem

Authors: Nourhan Nassar and Yomn al-Kaisi Reem Shaker was only 18 years old when a stray bullet struck her head on the balcony of her family home in the Lebanese city of Miniyeh. The shot which killed her was fired not in retribution, but in jubilation by a group celebrating the return of their loved ones from…
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Launch of Lebanon ‘Stray Bullets’ campaign

In May 2018, youth from the city of Tripoli, members from the Local Prevention Network (LPN) in Tripoli, and mediators from the municipality came together to design and launch campaigns tackling key issues in their communities. Amongst the issues which struck a chord with the group is that of gun violence and prevalence of celebratory…
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