Youth

URI respects wisdom from voices of all generations.
Coexister CC youth marching

URI celebrates the work and leadership of young people. Cooperation Circles work towards equity and fair age representation in all aspects of their work.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • The URI Youth Connection Cafe is a monthly virtual meeting space for young people across the URI network to connect, learn together, and share their experiences as young interfaith peacebuilders. Each Cafe is hosted by a different youth Cooperation Circle who chooses the topic and facilitates the session. Read more here. Please contact URI if you would like to join these gatherings! 
  • In MENA, Desert Bloom CC regularly hosts youth exchange programs offering young people the experience of meeting across cultures and participating in cultural activities together. Most recently, Desert Bloom participated in the Creating the Way Youth Exchange program in Romania. 
  • In South India, Ecopeace Teen Cafe runs a transformative educational experience for 30 young high school learners. This five-month program covers four modules: community building, environment conservation, social justice, and peace. The learners engage weekly with different guest speakers and participate in activities together, facilitated by a team of youth volunteers. Read more here.
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An Interfaith Youth Camp

From July 22nd till August 1st, 2022, the interfaith youth camp “Youth from diverse cultures meeting each other in REVA” took place in the Hague, the Netherlands. Children with different cultural backgrounds, 6 to 10 years old, in the neighborhood of REVA participated in this camp.

Get to know more about this exciting camp!

Supporting the Girl Child in Pakistan

When females must choose either to feed themselves or to take care of their personal health URI Individual Member Sara from Pakistan stepped in. She showed that small steps done today are making a significant change in the long run and that all of us can be the change we want to see in our communities. 

Read more about this initiative 

Innovation for Entrepreneurship

Desert Bloom CC together with [email protected] innovative, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland, ART-ER- Italy, and ARNO - North Macedonia collaborated on a two-year “Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with Youth Engagement” project aimed at raising awareness about social entrepreneurship and its contribution to realizing the global sustainable development goals.

Read more about the educational game, "  Young Entrepreneurs, Play it right” which was designed to improve social entrepreneurship 

No Hate No Violence

Sixteen young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and Serbia gathered in Sarajevo for a seminar under the theme, "Youth against Hate Speech and Violent Extremism. 

Read more about this seminar and also, explore youth perspectives and efforts to counter hate speech.