Youth Sounding Board | A Project for Youth Empowerment



Discover “The Youth Sounding Board”! It is a space for young people to have an influence on the EU’s external action through its international partnerships.

Serving as an advisor to the Directorate-General for International Partnerships and Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, the Board works to improve the effectiveness, relevance, and participation of EU activity for youth in partner countries across all political agendas.

The goal of the Youth Sounding Board is to bring about a significant, long-lasting shift in the way the EU interacts with youth in the context of its development cooperation.

Contributing to the Youth Action Plan for EU External Action was one of the Board members’ initial tasks. The Board will remain active in the upcoming stages of the Action Plan’s development.

Keep reading to discover more about this initiative!

The initiative

The Youth Sounding Board Is a project that is also involved in other initiatives in various thematic areas:

  • climate action
  • peace and security
  • economic empowerment
  • governance and human rights

The Youth Sounding Board aims also at creating opportunities for young people and youth organisations to express their views, connect and exchange.

As part of their mandate, Youth Sounding Board members will build links with similar structures and existing youth initiatives at international, regional and country level, both in the EU and in the partner countries.

How does it work?

Through their activities, YSB members seek out the ideas and perspectives of young people both within and outside of their networks, therefore representing the views of the broadest possible variety of young people.

Members establish connections with comparable organisations and ongoing youth programs.

In keeping with their role, they also participate in capacity-building initiatives and address ad hoc concerns and requests.

The EU Youth Action Plan will start with the participation of the cohort 2023-2025.

Discover more about the initiative

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, its results and future objectives visit the official website.


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