THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF RURAL YOUTH CELEBRATES ITS FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING - Fundación Capital
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THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF RURAL YOUTH CELEBRATES ITS FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the National Network of Rural Youth (NNRY) took place between the 31st of August and the 2nd of September in La Dorada, Caldas. More than 200 young people met to share experiences, initiatives, and advice, joining efforts to become a force for change and progress.

Youths from 27 Departments of the country attended the gathering, at which they were able to demonstrate their initiatives and aspirations. The event showed the consolidation and growth of the Network, which acts as a platform to allow rural youth to identify common challenges, exchange lessons, speak with public and private actors, generate strategic alliances and empower themselves from within their territories. The NNRY wants to position itself as the national representative of rural youth, and to become an important actor for the influence and formulation of public policies for youth.

The Fourth Meeting of the NNRY allowed the participants to exchange experiences and take new steps towards the collective construction of initiatives. The main advances and results of the work of the Network were presented and there was a space for dialogue with institutions, like Fundación Capital, that support youth and are inspired by young people’s experiences, ideas, and needs.

In the event’s framework we presented our project “Active Youth for the Territorial Renewal and Peacebuilding”, which provides vocational orientation tools, training, and networking, and promotes the development of capabilities among young people aged 16 to 18 and facilitates their access to new jobs, education and entrepreneurial opportunities. In addition, the project promotes community and territorial integration, allowing more active participation from youth in decision making processes and construction of a collective vision of territorial development, with emphasis on gender perspective in territories affected by the armed conflict in Colombia. Moreover, the young people had their first contact with ‘Tonces, our interactive platform developed for this project, and showed interest in this app which can provide useful tools to guide their future and discover opportunities.

The project Active Youth for the Territorial Renewal and PeaceBuilding, in which the app ‘Tonces! is framed, is developed in collaboration with the Agency for the Territorial Renewal, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Citi Foundation.

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