European Youth Forum
The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. They represent over 100 youth organisations, which bring together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe.
The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisations. In the current uncertain political and social context that affects young people, they can be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s challenges.
To overcome the challenges faced by young people, the European Youth Forum's work is centred around three main pillars as outlined in our Strategic Plan:
- Youth-friendly world: Young people and youth organisations are part of the solution for a youth-friendly world. Our engagement contributes to the betterment of the environment and the societies we live in. Young people need to be guaranteed the right to safe living conditions in a healthy environment. Current and future generations need to be educated on and equipped to access their rights and participate in democratic life at all levels.
- Enabling environment for youth organisations: Flourishing youth organisations are a vital part of a healthy democracy. Civic space needs to be protected and expanded, so youth organisations can function without any barriers - financially, legally, politically and legitimately.
- Thriving platform: Words are not enough: we will walk the talk. Our platform needs to be further cultivated to keep it relevant, strong and innovative. We want to remain and further strengthen being a credible actor as the main voice of young people in Europe.
With these goals in mind, the Youth Forum will continue our advocacy work to become an agenda-setter on youth affairs, empower Member Organisations to maximise the impact of their expertise and enforce a rights-based approach in all that we do.