- Action Alert
Support Youth Peacebuilders!
An estimated one in four young people around the world are affected by armed conflicts and violence. Yet all too often, their voices are ignored and their needs overlooked in national and regional peacebuilding efforts.
They are frequently stigmatized as a threat and marginalized by repressive governments, causing further cycles of instability.
Including youth as full participants in peacebuilding is essential for ending cycles of violence. Indeed, youth movements have already shown their power to achieve positive change. For instance, in 2019, Sudanese youth, who represent 64 percent of the population, led a nonviolent movement that ended a 30-year dictatorship.
The Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6174) would address these issues by making it U.S. policy to improve youth participation in U.S.-funded peace and security efforts, designating a coordinator and youth-inclusive advisory group to develop and implement an inter-agency YPS strategy and authorizing a new YPS fund to directly support youth-led groups.