Youth groups have a long history of engaging in awareness raising and change-making activities and are a fabulous way to connect with your friends (and future friends!) to join forces, learn about an issue, and take action. Do some research and see what kinds of groups already exist in your school or your community. And if you can’t find a group that addresses the issues you care about, start one!


The Voices Over Silence campaign to raise awareness about FGM was created as a partnership project between BAWSO and NSPCC Cymru/ Wales. BAWSO youth group worked with girls and young women who met fortnightly for over 6 months. Check out their video and read more about their story here.

To find out more about joining a local youth group, and what different youth groups are getting up to in your area, see below. If your school doesn’t already have one of these clubs, you can find info on how to start one:

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)

“A GSA club is a student-run club in a high school or middle school that brings together LGBTQI+ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform to fight for racial, gender, LGBTQ, and economic justice.”

Sierra Student Coalition

“The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working for just, sustainable communities and the protection of the environment.”

Amnesty International

“Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.”

Youth Cymru

YouthCymru, a charity that works with youth groups, youth workers and young people throughout Wales, and the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services.

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