Youth and AP: Global initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation

The Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation is issuing a call for applications from highly motivated youth activists and/or representatives of youth-led organization to participate in a twelve-month project that aims to center youth voices in atrocity prevention efforts by building their capacities as active agents of peace and security in their communities and drawing on their expertise to develop youth-driven strategies for youth engagement in atrocity prevention efforts. The GIJTR’s work in conflict and post-conflict countries has consistently demonstrated that youth and youth-led organizations are positioned to play a crucial role in atrocity prevention efforts by monitoring or observing potential crises, collecting data on emerging situations and disseminating this information to national or international atrocity prevention mechanisms or databases. Despite these trends, youth are frequently overlooked within transitional justice and atrocity prevention efforts and remain an untapped resource that can contribute to atrocity prevention and early warning sign identification. To date, there has yet to be a youth-driven framework for youth participation in atrocity prevention.

To bridge this divide, through a combination of online and in-person trainings, the Centering Youth in Atrocity Prevention project invites young activists from Afghanistan, Belarus, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, or Thailand to:

  • Engage with experts on areas including atrocity prevention education and social media’s role in early warning and early response strategies, grassroots strategies for non-recurrence, and the use of multimedia platforms as a primary medium of engagement in and monitoring of atrocity crimes;
  • Implement their own initiatives that contribute to atrocity prevention in their communities;
  • Participate in an international roundtable to share lessons learned from their small projects; and
  • An opportunity to author contributions to a virtual platform focused on youth-driven engagement strategies for youth involvement in atrocity prevention through a transitional justice lens that will be widely shared.

As members of the GIJTR, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC), Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) are seeking ten motivated youth activists or youth-led organizations to take part in the Centering Young Activist Voices in Atrocity Prevention project. If you are interested in participating and meet the participant criteria outlined below, please complete this application form and submit to Devon Gulbrandsen at dgulbrandsen@sitesofconscience.org by 30 April 2022. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.

Participant Criteria

The Centering Young Activist Voices in Atrocity Prevention project is aimed at early to mid-career level activists and civil society actors who have between two to five years of experience in work related to atrocity and conflict prevention, transitional justice, human rights, advocacy, youth outreach, violence prevention or peacebuilding.


Thirty-five years old or younger;

Citizen of Kenya, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Poland, or the Balkans;

If affiliated with an organization – represent a youth-led organization (i.e. leadership is 35 years old or younger) or represent an organization whose primary work is with youth
Demonstrated interest in youth outreach and mobilization in areas of atrocity and conflict prevention, peacebuilding, digital advocacy and literacy, information communication technologies (ICTs), transitional justice, and/or violence prevention;

Commitment and availability for the following, if selected for participation:
Preparing for and engaging fully in one multi-day online workshop from June 20-23, 2022 (dates may vary slightly);

Participating in one in-person workshop in Bali, Indonesia from July 25-29, 2022 ( dates may vary slightly; all travel costs will be covered);

Designing, incorporating feedback on, and implementing a youth-led atrocity prevention project, through the use of information communication technologies and social media platforms, with a small grant (to be implemented from August-October 2022;

Participating in a virtual roundtable exchange (specific dates to be determined at a later stage);
Contributing to a virtual online platform focused on youth-driven strategies on how to engage youth from all contexts in atrocity prevention using social media platforms and information communication technologies; and

Fluency in English (preferred).*

*In an effort to be inclusive of other linguistic groups, the Consortium will consider making exceptions to this requirement based on specific recommendations and referrals from regional and local partners. If you would like to make an inquiry or recommendation related to this requirement, please email Devon Gulbrandsen at dgulbrandsen@sitesofconscience.org.

GIJTR partners
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)
Humanitarian Law Center (HLC)
Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR)



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