Youth CoverA 6-year Strategy to engage youth, 2021-2026  identifies how to engage Youth in the Arctic Councils conservation work.

Developed with direct input from youth leaders who served as key advisors, the strategy focuses on distinct opportunities for working with youth from school age through early-career experts.

Youth offer unique perspectives and innovative new ideas, as well as holding a critical stake in ensuring long-term community resilience. Meaningful youth involvement will be critical to achieving CAFF’s conservation goals.

The Youth Engagement Strategy identifies 5 primary goals:

  • Youth are engaged in the work of CAFF and Arctic biodiversity conservation to their full potential.
  • Youth voices and perspectives are empowered to advance the goals of CAFF in the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, international collaboration, and raising public awareness of Arctic issues.
  • Arctic youth are given access to diverse learning and leadership opportunities in which their perspectives are valued and respected, and their skills and effectiveness are expanded.
  • Opportunities for youth engagement and increasing levels of leadership continue to expand.
  • Arctic youth are engaged in conservation, raising public awareness, and promoting Arctic biodiversity in their own home countries and in collaboration with other Arctic nations. 

Over the next six years CAFF will work with Arctic states, youth organizations, and other partners to expand opportunities for youth, support rising youth leaders from the Arctic, and increase the number of youth engaged with CAFF. For example, through supporting international exchanges, youth summits and conference presentations, internships, and youth advisory roles. The youth advisory team recommended prioritizing supporting professional networks for youth to stay engaged long-term, supporting international youth exchanges and summits, and increasing the number of paid internships and  youth advisory positions.  


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