Youth Network

ICA Youth Network
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About the International Cooperative Alliance's Youth Network 

The Youth Network was established in 2003 to...

  • help young co-operators from different countries to connect, share experiences and ideas;
  • provide an environment where young co-operators can learn more about the wider co-operative movement;
  • involve young people from outside the movement through education and support;
  • empower young co-operators to engage with the rest of the movement to both raise the profile of youth issues and to ensure the youth perspective is presented during wider discussions.

What is the Youth Network? Watch our presentation below:

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Youth Network News & Information

  • Call for nominations for all members at large for the Youth Network! Click here to learn more.

  • Youth Network Assembly & Workshop, 13 October 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. To learn more, click here.

  • Call for nominations to the Youth Network Executive Committee for members at large in Africa and Asia-Pacific. This is an excellent opportunity for youth to learn more about the global co-operative movement, make a difference globally, and learn valuable collaborative leadership and skills. We are especially looking for youth who will be motivated to help us organize the first global youth event. Members are invited to nominate youth by 24 September. To learn more, click here

  • Learn about important upcoming gatherings of the global and regional ICA Youth Networks for the rest of the year in our July 2018 newsletter

  • Youth mapping: answer the survey! The Youth Network is mapping all initiatives to empower youth through cooperatives. The campaign will identify, map and connect youth cooperatives around the world. The starting point is this survey and the deadline to complete the survey is 1 September. There are two surveys – one for youth coops and one for support organisations for youth and the coop movement to include, train and generally empower youth. Click here to learn more and get the links to the surveys in various languages.

  • Video from the Global Youth Network shown during the plenary session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (16 November 2017). The short version shown during the conference is below and you can find a longer version by clicking here.

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Join the Alliance's Youth Network

To join the mailing list of the network, send your request to Gretchen Hacquard at You will be added to the network and will receive important information and invitations.

To become a member, please complete and submit the Alliance Youth Network membership form below to Gretchen Hacquard at

The Alliance has periodically organised youth conferences to bring together young co-operators. A number of the participants of these conferences today are co-operative leaders and members of senior management in co-operatives around the world.

The Global Youth Representative on the Alliance Board is elected every four years at a Youth General Assembly which is held during the week of the Alliance General Assembly. The Executive Committee members will be elected at the next Youth General Assembly in Turkey in 2015. Join our mailing list to learn more about the elections.

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Alliance Youth Network documents and contacts


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