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our work with young people

Young People

at the Heart of What We Do

We believe it is vital that young people guide our work and make sure we are keeping our promise to put them at the heart of what we do.

The young women and men we work with are at the forefront of a global movement demanding justice with and for the world’s poorest girls and boys, young men and women, and communities.

In order for us to make a change for young girls and boys around the world, we believe that a youth voice is crucial in our impactful work.

Young people act as our

Advisershelping us improve the work we do

Ambassadorsraising awareness of our work with communities

Advocates speaking out about youth rights to people in power

Three members of the Youth Advisory Panel speak at the Youth Action Festival

Youth Advisory Panel

The Youth Advisory Panel is the voice of young people at Plan International UK.

They‘re passionate about campaigning for young people’s rights and work closely with Plan International UK staff.

Meet the team and find out how they ensure young people are involved in our work.

Plan International UK youth advisory panel
Youth for Change members with the then Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening

Youth for Change

Youth for change is a global network of young activists working in partnership with organisations, including Plan International UK, and governments to challenge the gender inequality that affects young people. 

The organisation aims to tackle violence against girls and create positive change for young people. 

Youth For Change launched in 2014 and currently has teams based in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, UK, and Tanzania.

Plan International UK's Youth Advisory Panel at the Youth Action Festival
Plan International UK's Youth Advisory Panel at the Youth Action Festival

Youth action 2016

Saturday 8th October saw the seconds annual Youth Action Festival. Young people from across the country came together to look at how girls’ rights are being denied and the solutions young people have for issues that directly affect them.

Discover what they're saying about their rights and how we can #standupforgirls.

Girls campaigning to end child marriage in Malawi

Ending Child Marriage

With our support, in 2015 youth groups in Malawi lobbied decision makers, held a peaceful demonstration in the capital of Lilongwe, and performed street theatre productions to advocate against the practice of child marriage.

This year we supported youth campaigners in Malawi to change their country’s constitution and make child marriage illegal. We mobilised the public, from the UK to Spain to Australia, to sign a petition in support of their campaign calling on the government to raise the legal age of marriage. We presented their 42,000 signatures to decision makers at a conference in August.


Wedding Busters

An inspiring group of young campaigners supported by Plan International in Bangladesh educate their peers about the impact of child marriage and persuade parents in their community to stop the child marriages they are planning.

"When I got married I was around 10, but my husband was around 16 - he is my cousin. I felt I had to please my grandmother." - Sonhita, 13