Agenda for Action
to Strengthen Volunteering
to the Participants of
the 16th World Volunteer Conference
By the Board
IAVE The International Association for Volunteer Effort
This material was developed
through the participatory process described in the Introduction. It is shared
with the participants in the World Volunteer Conference with the understanding
that it will undergo further revision before being finally approved by the
IAVE board of directors. However, it was felt that it was important to share
this draft with conference participants to stimulate dialogue and to invite
| About the Sectors | About the Objectives |
Volunteer Sector |
| Business Sector | Educational Sector |
Media Sector |
Adult and Youth Sector
The International Year of
Volunteers (IYV) provides a framework within which organizations, communities,
and nations can reflect on their traditions of volunteering, can learn more
about the current nature and scope of volunteering, and can engage the interest
and support of leaders from all sectors of society. But, most importantly, it
is a time when those concerned about the future of volunteering can join together
to create and implement plans that will strengthen volunteering as a vital force
for social change and as a way people can contribute to the solution of human,
social and environmental problems and build healthy, sustainable communities.
The declaration of IYV by
the United Nations reflects the growing recognition that volunteering is the
fundamental building block of civil society. Volunteering is an increasingly
credible way to build and sustain the institutions of civil society, to help
solve serious problems, to create healthier communities, and to empower people
to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. It is particularly important in
this time of globalization and rapid change in which the gaps between rich and
poor are growing and our collective destinies are endangered by forces that
seem beyond the control of most people.
IAVE The International
Association for Volunteer Effort has accepted leadership for addressing what
can be done by various sectors of society to strengthen volunteering. Beginning
with its 15th World Volunteer Conference in Edmonton, Canada in 1998,
IAVE has invited suggestions from volunteer and other sector leaders throughout
the world to assist in the creation of a new Universal Declaration on Volunteering
and a Global Agenda for Action. Input was received from participants in IAVE
regional conferences and meetings, from local and national volunteer centres,
and from a diverse group of NGOs and individual volunteer leaders.
In January 2001, under the
leadership of Nederlandse Organisaties Vrijwilligerswerk, the Dutch National
Volunteer Center, the 16th World Volunteer Conference was convened
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with over 1,500 participants from some 110 countries.
The conference brought together representatives of government, business, education,
youth and volunteer organizations. In a wide variety of plenary and workshop
sessions, they focused on the five main objectives set for the International
Year of Volunteers:
- Increased recognition
of the importance of volunteer effort;
- Increased facilitation
of volunteer effort;
- Increased and expanded
networking among volunteer organizations and between volunteer organizations
and other stakeholders;
- Promotion of volunteering
to improve the image of volunteer effort; and,
- Expanded participation
With the assistance of a
team of volunteer reporters and the active cooperation of workshop leaders and
the participants themselves, a great number of ideas were generated about how
each major sector can contribute to the realization of each objective. It was
particularly important that the conference organizers created special opportunities
for the participation of leaders from government, business, and research. The
pre-conference Youth Forum was the first time that a significant number of young
volunteers from throughout the world were brought together to provide their
ideas to increase and strengthen youth volunteering. Other volunteer groups
have been integrated into their appropriate sector; for example, employees who
volunteer are included in the corporate information.
Taken together, the participants
of the conference represent a true cross-section of volunteering worldwide.
Their experience, perspective and ideas have contributed to the development
of the three products contained in this publication:
The Universal Declaration
on Volunteering that calls volunteers and the leaders of all sectors to
unite as partners to promote and support effective volunteering, accessible
to all, as a symbol of solidarity among all peoples and nations.
The Global Agenda for
Action that outlines a wide range of ideas for how each major sector can
help to realize the five objectives of the International Year of Volunteers,
providing a "checklist of possibilities" that will grow longer and
deeper with the experience of the year.
The Youth Forum Statement
developed by participants in that meeting, that urges specific actions by IAVE,
the volunteer community, and youth themselves to empower young people to give
effective leadership for their own volunteer activities.
These are intended to be
living documents that grow and change with the actual experience of leaders
worldwide. Through the power of the Internet and the commitment of all of us
to provide input about our work, our successes, and our challenges, the Global
Agenda for Action can become an ever-growing compendium of ideas about how all
sectors can fulfil their responsibility to strengthen volunteering. IAVE invites
continued reaction and input to both the Agenda and the Universal Declaration
through its Secretariat:
Mail: 1400 I Street NW
Washington DC 20005
and urges all to review
this input on its web site www.iave.org.
We are deeply grateful to
all of those who helped to create these documents. Theo Van Loon and the board
and staff of NOV opened the World Conference to this process, providing both
a setting and an approach that encouraged and facilitated input from participants.
Suzanne Bakker designed and led the process of data collection, compilation
and analysis at the conference; created the first draft of the Agenda; and co-authored
the final version. Kathleen Dennis, Executive Director of IAVE, led the collection
of input to the Universal Declaration and co-authored the final version of the
Agenda. Members of the board of directors of IAVE gave leadership in their regions
to collecting input to the Declaration and provided extensive input to the Agenda.
The board reviewed, modified, and adopted each document on behalf of the worldwide
IAVE network and volunteers everywhere.
The cooperative effort that
led to the creation of the Universal Declaration and the Global Agenda reflect
our aspiration that, together, we can make the International Year of Volunteers
the year that will change the world.
Kenn Allen, Ed.D
Volunteering is a fundamental
and essential element of society. It is in the best interest of each of the
major sectors to ensure that volunteering grows stronger, more inclusive and
more effective. Together, they can:
- Create a public environment
that understands and values the importance of volunteering;
- Find innovative ways
to encourage and assist people to volunteer;
- Develop the knowledge,
skills and organizational structures necessary to support volunteering;
- Ensure the financial
and human resources necessary to effectively mobilize and manage volunteers.
benefit because volunteers are a powerful source of time, talent and energy
that can directly help organizations achieve their missions and priorities.
Volunteers complement the work of paid staff, extending their capacity, and
bring new perspectives and energies. Organizations help strengthen volunteering
by creating "volunteer-friendly environments" that help volunteers
build their knowledge and skills, enable paid staff and volunteers to work as
partners, and manage volunteers with respect, learning from them in order to
strengthen the organization.
from strong volunteering because involved people are more engaged citizens who
participate in the affairs of the community, who advocate for more effective
government action, and who assist government in carrying out its work. In support
of volunteering, government can: encourage people to volunteer; ensure that
laws and government policies do not create barriers to volunteering; do an excellent
job in managing those volunteers who work within government agencies and programs;
provide support for the infrastructure needed to sustain volunteering, particularly
local and national volunteer centres; and, provide funding for the development
of innovative approaches to engaging volunteers in response to specific needs
or national/local priorities.
when it engages its workers as volunteers because volunteering is a way to develop
their skills, knowledge, and leadership capacity. When businesses encourage
their workers to volunteer, they present themselves as a more attractive workplace
to current and prospective workers. They also enhance their public image and
help to create communities that are better places for them to pursue their business.
Volunteering is a strategic resource to help them achieve their business goals.
Business can provide leadership, talent, energy, funding and other resources
because volunteering is an effective way for students to develop their knowledge
and skills. When organized appropriately, communities can become places of learning,
supporting classroom experiences and allowing students to actually experience
that which they are studying. Service-learning which includes opportunities
for student reflection on their service can happen at all levels of education,
providing age-appropriate opportunities for students to be involved in their
communities. The education community also is an important source of research
Media benefits because
volunteering creates interesting stories of the ways in which people are helping
one another and making their communities better places in which to live and
work. Coverage of stories about the work of volunteers demonstrates the commitment
of media to serve the entire community. Media is a powerful tool to promote
volunteering, helping create a public environment that encourages people to
volunteer and providing information that gives people access to volunteer opportunities.
Other sectors also can assist
in strengthening volunteering. Religious bodies, for example, can affirm the
role of volunteering in responding to the spiritual call to service to those
in need that is a common element of major religions. Private philanthropy can
provide financial resources to support volunteering and stimulate innovations
in mobilization and management of volunteers.
There are five primary objectives
that have been articulated for IYV.
Recognition of the
value and impact of volunteering and of the work of being done by volunteers.
How do we convince other sectors of the importance of volunteering, thus enlisting
their support? How do we document the impact that volunteers have and the nature
and value of the contribution they make? How do we reflect volunteering in national
accounts? How do we hold up for public recognition and celebration the work
of individual volunteers? How do we identify and learn about particularly creative,
innovative, and effective volunteer efforts?
Promotion of volunteering,
encouraging people to become volunteers and providing the information and access
they need to become volunteers. How do we convince people who are busy and pressured
to commit the time to be volunteers? How do we provide opportunities for people
to volunteer for short terms without losing the commitment of people to volunteer
jobs that require long-term involvement? How do we make best use of new technology
to connect people who want to volunteer with the opportunities to do so? How
do we balance the use of the media for promotional campaigns with the proven
impact of one on one recruitment of new volunteers?
Facilitation of volunteering
through effective practices of mobilization and management and through the development
and maintenance of the organizational structures needed to promote and support
volunteering. How do we develop new knowledge about "best practices"
in the management of volunteers? How do we build the skills of those responsible
for managing volunteers? How do we create "volunteer friendly environments"
within organizations that engage volunteers, including the commitment of adequate
resources for the management of volunteers? How do we build visible and effective
national and local leadership organizations for volunteering?
Networking that strengthens
volunteering by combining resources in mutually beneficial ways to increase
impact. How do we create effective partnerships among NGOs to expand and strengthen
volunteering? How do we build partnerships between volunteer organizations and
other sectors of society? How do we build community and national networks through
which volunteer leaders can learn from and support one another? How do we build
global networks that transfer knowledge, skills and experience to develop volunteering
ensures that all people regardless of their cultural and ethnic origin,
religion, age, gender, and physical, social or economic condition have
the right and the opportunity to participate as volunteers. How do we reduce
barriers to volunteering? How do we take into account cultural and values differences
in the recruitment and management of volunteers? How do we ensure that volunteers
have the opportunity to participate in the planning and management of their
There are no final answers
to questions such as these. The Global Agenda for Action poses a variety of
suggestions of what can be done, based on the experience and knowledge of those
who have helped to construct it. The challenge to the global volunteer community
is to continuously expand and update this agenda, adding best practices that
move toward those answers.
- Provide all individual
volunteers with some form of recognition, be it informal or formal.
- Offer volunteers training
- Certify volunteer work.
- Include the value of
volunteering in their mission statement and policy documents.
- Employ a human resource
policy for the recruitment, training and role of volunteers.
- Develop personal records
of achievement and disseminate this concept as a tool to create awareness
- Assist in portfolio building
and solution development to improve the quality of volunteer work.
- Recognize the talents
and abilities of all target groups.
- Provide opportunities
for marginalized groups, such as the elderly, youth, persons with disabilities
and women to develop leadership skills.
- Develop well-managed
- Approach businesses with
options for potential involvement or support.
- Strive to develop knowledge
for other sectors and other volunteer organizations.
- Provide necessary training
to develop the skills of volunteers.
- Provide financial and
logistical support to volunteers.
- Ensure that the role,
responsibilities and tasks of volunteers are clearly described and defined.
- Develop internal volunteer
policies that motivate and inspire.
- Pay attention to team
building of volunteers and paid staff.
- Develop risk management
- Examine policies to remove
barriers to participation by all people (e.g., day and time of activities.)
- Create opportunities
for marginalized people to be engaged (e.g., participation on the board.)
- Be open to networking
with other sectors.
- Allow volunteers to exchange
views and build up social contacts with other volunteers from other organizations.
- Strive for a balanced
mix of board members from across the community (e.g., the elderly, youth,
women and business.)
- Initiate contacts with
other sectors and work to establish long-term relationships.
- Organize themselves into
regional, national and international associations to join forces and become
more successful in achieving their aims.
- Invest in activities
to promote volunteers to the media, government and businesses.
- Identify ways to diversify
their volunteer base.
- Be role models, and create
inspiring images of volunteers.
- Inform editorial teams
of newspaper and electronic media of the organization, volunteer activities,
outstanding programs and volunteers.
- Include volunteers on
- Create and implement
new roles for the elderly, youth, people with disabilities, and women, taking
into account existing barriers for volunteering.
- Make good use of new
- Create websites informing
the community of ongoing acrtivities .
- Develop coalitions around
public relations and approach the media together.
- Use influential leaders
- Train volunteers in public
speaking, public relations and the media.
- Create an interactive
database of best practices.
- Develop concrete, detailed
materials to attract target groups.
- Empower and help build
creative solutions to community issues.
- Manage and motivate volunteers
- Adopt a participatory
planning policy and involve all stakeholders as much as possible in its work.
- Include womens
organizations into playing an important role in the improvement of the position
of women in society and worldwide.
- Provide leadership opportunities
to young people, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
- Ensure that volunteers
are involved in planning and are treated equally as paid staff.
- Develop family friendly
volunteer opportunities and work to engage families as volunteers.
- Design a comprehensive
legal framework to support the value of volunteering.
- Support the United Nations
International Year of Volunteers 2001.
- Include the economic
value of volunteer effort in the calculations of their GDP.
- Dedicate a unit within
their administrations to coordinate policies on volunteering.
- Establish a budget line
dedicated to supporting volunteering.
- Fund research on volunteering.
- Establish award systems
for outstanding volunteers, volunteer projects and organizations.
- Create a system to register
volunteer organizations so they can be officially recognized and legitimized.
- Create policies on volunteering.
- Take the initiative to
provide legal protection for the establishment of organizations and legal
provision for individuals who wish to volunteer.
- Adjust regulations to
allow volunteers to be legally paid for their expenses and to facilitate organizations
to insure their volunteers properly.
- Review legislation to
enhance the positive impact on volunteering.
- Fund infrastructure for
- Allow for a portion of
selected revenues (e.g., national lotteries) to be spent on volunteer organizations
- Create regional resource
and support centres for NGOs.
- Facilitate cooperation
between the business and volunteer sector.
- Create focal points and
a liaison structure within ministries or other national bodies.
- Create coordinating committees
on a regional level, to act as an intermediary between the national and the
local authorities to exchange effective practices.
- Increase funding to support
the use of computers and internet technologies by volunteer organizations.
- Support youth organizations
and youth clubs.
- Help to connect different
sectors while recognizing the independence of volunteer organizations.
- Work in partnership with
a range of stakeholders to foster volunteering.
- Encourage public institutions
such as schools to engage volunteers.
- Recognize the importance
of volunteer efforts to achieve their goals around international development
- Eliminate barriers in
obtaining visas for international cooperation and the exchange of volunteers
and their experience.
- Participate in relevant
volunteer conferences and events to further dialogue between the governmental
sector and volunteer organizations.
- Develop a good communication
structure and effective channels of communication and consultation with volunteer
- Collect, analyze, use,
and disseminate materials and data collected on government policies regarding
- Call on the United Nations
to facilitate networks and bring resources to developing countries.
- Have annual celebrations
of the International Volunteer Day on December 5 and other national and local
- Include promotion of
volunteering in school curricula.
- Help reduce barriers
to volunteering through education.
- Organize training opportunities
for government employees and politicians.
- Explore ways of involving
the mass media and new technologies in an information campaign to raise awareness,
promote a positive image and improve access.
- Encourage media companies
to introduce the concept of "pro bono" public service announcements
on behalf of volunteer organizations and activities.
- Make people aware of
social issues and problems in the course of their general and adult education
and the contribution volunteering can make to their solutions.
- Collect data on the incidence
and extent of volunteering and voluntary activity.
- Establish award systems
for outstanding volunteers, volunteer projects or volunteer organizations.
- Accredit volunteering.
- Offer tax incentives
to companies to promote volunteering.
- Establish policies including
volunteers in the decision-making process impacting society.
- Provide resources to
train people at the grass root level.
- Include volunteer activity
on the list of hiring criteria for government jobs.
- Offer training for government
employees and politicians on volunteering and the voluntary sector.
- Involve volunteers in
the public sector.
- Design a model for cooperation
with volunteer organizations.
- Clearly establish with
their managers and their workers their institutional commitment to volunteering.
- Conduct surveys to collect
information on what volunteer activities their employees are involved and
- Reflect in their overall
business plans the strategic value of volunteering in achieving their business
- Publicize internally
the support of their senior executives for volunteering, both by their workers
and in the community as a whole.
- Demonstrate their support
for volunteering by supporting the work of local and national volunteer centres
as the leadership organizations for volunteering.
- Publicly report on their
overall community involvement and social responsibility programs and specifically
on the volunteer activities of their workers.
- Can include consideration
of volunteering in the evaluation of their managers, particularly the extent
to which those managers encourage and support volunteering by those they manage.
- Set up schemes for recognition
of the volunteer activities of their workers, calling particular attention
to creative, innovative and effective work that they do.
- Tell the stories of their
workers volunteering in their advertising and their public reports.
- Adopt policies and practices
that encourage and enable their workers to volunteer.
- create and manage projects
through which their workers can volunteer both single day and recurring
- Establish formal employee
volunteer programs that offer a wide range of opportunities for workers to
- Empower their workers
to plan and manage their own volunteer programs through "employee volunteer
committees" that include employee volunteers from throughout the company.
- Offer their workers the
opportunity to have "flexible schedules" so that they can volunteer
during normal working hours.
- Allow workers to do "online
volunteering" from their desks during normal working hours.
- Work with one another
to create cooperative projects that engage their workers as volunteers.
- Establish "corporate
volunteer councils" in their communities to facilitate the exchange of
information and best practices among companies and to encourage cooperative
planning of shared activities.
- Develop partnerships
with NGOs or agencies of government around specific issues and program priorities
offering a range of support for collaborative activities, including
not only volunteering but capacity-building and funding support.
- Encourage their vendors
to participate in volunteer activities sponsored by the company.
- Encourage their customers,
particularly when they are other businesses, to participate in volunteer activities
sponsored by the company.
- Assist other businesses,
particularly smaller ones to offer opportunities for their workers to volunteer,
perhaps through programs sponsored by the larger business.
- Cooperate closely with
national volunteer centres in developing joint networks and addressing networking
- Develop advisory groups
of NGOs and grassroots organizations to help identify community needs that
can be addressed by worker volunteers.
- Make available to their
workers information about volunteer opportunities in the community that they
may wish to pursue in their personal time.
- Invite NGOs to make presentations
to workers or to provide displays or other information that can be made available
to their workers about opportunities to volunteer.
- Feature in their internal
newsletters stories about the work of volunteers.
- "Network" with
local volunteer centres or other NGOs to provide access to data bases of volunteer
- Take advantage of International
Volunteer Day on December 5 annually or of national or local "volunteer
weeks" or other celebrations to promote volunteering.
- Make known the personal
volunteer involvement of their senior executives.
- Establish teams of workers
reflective of various segments of their total work group and empower them
to plan and implement volunteer activities for those groups.
- Demand that NGOs and
government agencies eliminate any barriers they may have to volunteers or
to particular groups of people who wish to volunteer.
- Make available a wide
range of volunteer activities that are reflective of the diversity of interests
and priorities of their workers.
- Establish teams of workers
that are empowered to give direction to company-sponsored volunteer activities.
- Identify volunteer opportunities
that are particularly responsive to workers special needs.
- Create volunteer opportunities
that can involve the families of workers, including providing age-appropriate
activities for their children.
- Assist in the flow of
- Contribute in areas of
- Assist in the development
of the volunteer sector through training and education.
- Be involved in action-oriented
- Ensure the impact of
volunteer work is measured.
- Develop accreditation
for volunteer work (skills, knowledge, experience, etc.)
- Develop curricula.
- Provide credit to students
- Provide space for cooperation
between students and teachers to contribute to the creation of a new image
of volunteer work.
- Develop models of strong
- Meet regularly with volunteer
- Assist in the portfolio
building process for volunteers.
- Develop appropriate training.
- Develop informal and
formal education programs.
- Develop action-oriented
- Contribute in networking
and collaboration with other sectors.
- Develop and foster the
flow of information.
- Create new volunteer
- Develop exchange programs
for different volunteer populations.
- Strengthen relations
between volunteers and local communities.
- Create interaction with
- Spread and share their
knowledge with others.
- Encourage networks between
volunteers and academics.
- Support networks with
research and evaluations.
- Contribute to networks
with other stakeholders.
- Encourage the involvement
of young people, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
- Take part in activities
on an international level.
- Create and expand partnerships,
both formal and informal.
- Focus on creative models.
- Promote the relationship
between volunteering and democracy.
- Promote citizenship through
volunteer social responsibility.
- Demonstrate models of
- Create positive relations
between the educational process and volunteers.
- Cooperate with volunteer
organizations on the issue of accreditation of volunteer work.
- Assist in the development
of a code of ethics.
- Help voluntary organizations
in bridging the gap between academics and grassroots organizations.
- Give attention to the
development of positive attitudes of students towards society.
- Provide approaches and
access to participation.
- Encourage their own employees
- Facilitate participation.
- Recognize volunteering
as an important part of social life.
- Build relationships with
all sectors of society around volunteering.
- Present the work of volunteers
in a way that shows value and the impact it has on society.
- Help create an environment
that encourages people to volunteer.
- Approach volunteer activities
through their important values.
- Recognize the International
Year of Volunteers 2001 as an opportunity to take a new look on volunteering.
- Promote the role of volunteering
in solving social issues
- Help society look at
volunteer work in new and interesting ways.
- Inspire volunteer activities
which contribute to community life and strengthen the impact of volunteer
- Include the small ideas
in the big stories.
- Help the sector to create
a public relations plan to address the definition of volunteer work and its
use as attrative news.
- Educate sectors to develop
coalitions in public relations.
- Write compelling personal
human interest stories.
- Train volunteers to speak
in public and to present their work publicly.
- Develop and expand relationships
with other sectors.
- Help in the development
of public and private partnerships.
- Highlight examples of
volunteering on a regular basis.
- Help sectors develop
interesting lively colorful action stories for other forms of media beyond
- Help sectors understand
the various target audiences including youth and the elderly.
- Use the International
Year of Volunteers 2001 as a lead story.
- Communicate the values,
importance and outcomes of volunteering.
- Adopt strategies on how
to inform audiences about volunteer activities.
- Contribute to the public
environment by featuring stories about people doing things voluntarily.
- Address the impact of
- Accept media kits and
- Communicate with volunteer
organizations and be informed about their events and plans.
- Recognize spokespersons
and public speakers of volunteer organizations.
- Be open to questions
from volunteer organizations.
- Meet with volunteer organizations
- Present the outcomes,
results and impact from voluntary work.
- Bring together people
in the community while enforcing local activities.
- Bring together various
sectors showing the benefits to all.
- Bring together NGOs with
similar missions to encourage partnerships.
- Facilitate conversations
- Benefit from the partnerships
with voluntary organizations.
- Train others on the importance
of NGOs as a "news-story."
- Provide introductions
of influential and respected opinion leaders to NGOs.
- Present volunteering
as a right and an opportunity that benefits everyone.
- Ensure that people understand
whati volunteering is and how it can beneift them and their community.
- Assist in providing the
public with volunteer opportunities.
- Provide "air"
and "background" for public discussions on volunteering.
- Assist in recruiting
- Assist young people in
recruiting their own volunteers.
- Inform and contribute
to the development of a healthy society.
Adult and Youth Sector
This Youth Forum Statement
is the Written result of the XVI th IAVE Pre-conference. The statements and
actions listed within are the results of the hard work of some 150 participants
through workshops and interactive training sessions. Itís not meant to be an
exhaustive list of actions: it represents the management summary of the Youth
Forumís ideas. This document does not stand on its own: we build upon the results
of previous gatherings (for example the meeting on Youth Voluntarism in Latin
America in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, May 9th 2000).
BETWEEN ADULTS and YOUTH TO EMPOWER VOLUNTEERING
Statement: respect for diversity in all its forms, including age, is fundamental
- Action for IAVE: develop
a universal logo for volunteers by organising a world-wide design-competition
- Action for voluntary
organizations: implement a youth recognition program within your organization
- Action for YOU: get
involved with the Global Youth Service Day (April 21, 2001).
Statement: volunteering is facilitated by access to resources such as recruitment,
orientation, training, evaluation and mentoring of youth at all stages
- Action for IAVE: continue
the momentum of the Youth Forum by providing the youth with facilities for
as sustainable Youth Forum and a youth pre-conference at every IAVE conference
- Action for voluntary
organizations: work with young people to ensure open access to facilities
for all, such as leadership training as part of education within your organizations
- Action for YOU: ensure
that the knowledge and experiences gained here at the conference are accessible
for people in your own community
Statement: the perception of volunteering must be improved by showing its positive
impact on the community as well as the volunteersí satisfaction and opportunities
- Action for IAVE: produce
a commercial to promote youth volunteering during the International Year of
Volunteers based on the ideas generated at this Youth Forum
- Action for voluntary
organizations: advocate youth activities in your own community
- Action for YOU: encourage
friends, family and colleagues to join you at your next volunteering activity,
for example a national youth service day
Statement: exchanging ideas and experiences with others, both youth and adults,
enhances the effectiveness of the volunteering activities
- Action for IAVE: develop
an information network to ensure continuing interaction among youth volunteers
and to involve the volunteers absent from this conference
- Action for voluntary
organizations: continuously connect existing networks into our IAVE global
- Action for YOU: as a
youth delegate, exchange contact information with a n adult delegate and vice
versa, to share ideas and experiences at least twice a year for mutual benefit
The Youth Forum considers
youth participation essential for implementation of the aforementioned statements
YOUTH PARTICIPATION: ďdonít ask how old we are, as us who we areĒ Statement:
youth participation is necessary to ensure successful volunteering now and in
- Action for IAVE: include
at least one youth member from every region, selected by young people, on
the IAVE Board
- Action for voluntary
organizations: incorporate young people and their ideas into every aspect
of the organizationís structure and activities and involve youth in decision
- Action for YOU: make
sure youth are well informed and their voice is heard at all levels of your
IAVE Youth Forum declares
that RECOGNOTION, FACILITATION, NETWORKING, PROMOTION and especially YOUTH PARTICIPATION
are key to strengthening the pathways between adults and youth to empower volunteering.
Declared at the IAVE Youth Forum during the XVIth IAVE World Conference IYV,
14-18 January 2001. Amsterdam, the Netherlands