Martina, 19, is a young Lumos self-advocate from Czech Republic who loves sports, music, and reading. She was placed in an institution as a baby, ...
Youth participation means the empowerment of children and young people to be decision-makers in their own lives, leaders in their communities, and to have a voice in policymaking. This requires a shift in power, and an acknowledgement of their important contributions. At Lumos, we actively support several groups of self-advocates who raise their voices on behalf of children around the world.
Many of our Lumos demonstration programmes have dedicated Child Participation Officers that work with groups of young people to advocate for youth rights. Some of these young people have lived in institutions, and some have not. All of them are leading the way towards real change. Lumos is committed to helping even the most marginalised children to raise their voices and be heard.
“Thanks to those group activities, for the first time after 10 years of being shy, my son has started to sing again, even in front of other people. He has much greater confidence and self-esteem now. In one word, he feels excellent!”
Lumos-supported self-advocates participated at the annual Zero Project Conference
Watch reflections from a memorable presentation at the prestigious UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris