The YCIG was established to advocate for the voice of children, young people, and young professionals in Internet governance fora and processes, particularly at the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The YCIG is the natural space for youth interested in Internet governance-related issues and the IGF as a platform for engaging with all stakeholders on equal footing to amplify youth voices. YCIG is open to all young people and other relevant stakeholders interested in Internet governance issues,regardless of social status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, geographic location, or religion (or lack thereof).
It has been successful in securing a commitment from the IGF to include young panelists at annual meetings, as well as at organizing a series of panels at different levels of engagement, and producing clear statements during IGF closing plenary sessions.
As a registered IGF Dynamic Coalition (DC), the YCIG has a meeting slot at each forum to bring together youth stakeholders from across the IGF to identify and discuss relevant issues, and network together to build a stronger youth voice in Internet governance processes.
If you are under 35, interested in Internet governance, and able to get involved in Internet governance debates – join the YCIG mailing list, introduce yourself, and get the discussion going over what this DC should be doing. You might be new to Internet governance and the IGF, or you might already have taken part in the IGF as a young person but not engaged with the YCIG. The group needs new volunteers, new ideas, and new leaders; in short, it needs you!
The YCIG also publishes a beginners guide to the IGF, which is located here: www.igf-abc.info/#welcome-to-the-igf.
More information on Youth IGF initiatives is located here: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/youth-igf-initiatives.