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2010 Activities Report

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A Catalyst for Meeting Global DevelopmentNeeds through Youth Civic Engagement
 Activities Report 2010
 
 
LETTER FROM ICP’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
Y
outh civic engagement — calling young people into service as resourceul anddetermined agents o change in communities worldwide — is an eectivestrategy or tackling today’s development needs while building a worldwideculture o active citizenship, socially responsible entrepreneurship and spirited publicservice. In 2010, the continuing global recession prompted a renewed search or innovativesolutions to meet the demand or social services and community development and combatunemployment in an evolving job market. Civically engaging young people is an importantstrategy or meeting these and other community needs worldwide.As the eld o practitioners, policymakers and other proessionals supporting youthcivic engagement continues to gain momentum, it grapples with questions such as how best to engage young people in civic activities and what works best in youth service? Tis year ICP delved into a close examination o practices and eatures that yield themost successul policies and programs or young people. What needs are being met by exceptional programs around the world, and in what areas do opportunities or new action remain? We spearheaded innovative programming, published new researchthat casts a light on these questions and brought together experts to gain insights intoinnovative ways to continue supporting youth civic participation.In 2010 ICP:
•Fosteredhigh-levelinternationalengagementinyouthcivicengagementthrough
growing and convening global networks such as the alloires Network and theInternational Association or National Youth Service;
•ImplementedanewUSSummerofServiceprogramincollaborationwithkeypartners;•ContributedtobuildingtheserviceeldintheUSandgloballythroughcutting-edgeresearch;and•Reviewedits10-yeartrackrecordasabasisforfuturegrowth.
ICP’s 10th anniversary in 2011 is inspiring us to take a step back to refect on the lessons learned in our rst decadeo existence. With the support o partners and riends, we will be exploring new avenues or advancing our missionand renewing our commitment to youth civic participation or the decade to come. As in all our pursuits, ourstrategic development will proceed rom careul consideration o the eld’s needs, o the role we have played in itsdevelopment, o our strengths and challenges and o the value o our unique work. Tank you to all o our supporters, partners andBoard o Directorsor making our success possible. As ICPcelebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2011, it remains dedicated to ostering innovation in eective youth civic
engagementstrategiesintheUSandacrosstheworld,andtobeingarespectedsourceofknowledgeand
resources in this eld. We look orward to the coming year and invite you to continue ollowing our work online at www.icicp.org.Sincerely, 
SusanStroud,FounderandExecutiveDirector
Special Thanks
ICP would like to thank the followingorganizations for their generous support of our projects: Academy for Educational DevelopmentFord FoundationLearn and Serve America, Corporation for National and Community ServiceLumina Foundation for EducationPearson FoundationTufts UniversityUNICEFInstitute of Education, University of London American Center in New Delhi, US StateDepartment
 
 ACTIVITIES REPORT 2010
 
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Thank you to thesponsors of theIANYS 9th GlobalConference:
 
• EQUIP 3 (a USAID project)• Ford Foundation Cairo• Naseej• Open Society Foundations• The Pearson Foundation• Silatech• United Nations Volunteers• US Embassies in Pakistan, Sri
Lanka and Egypt
MAKING AN IMPACT ON YOUTH CIVICENGAGEMENT WORLDWIDE
Mobilizing a vast global community to advance
youth civicengagement
ICP hosted theInternational Association or National Youth Service’s (IANYS) 9th GlobalConerence on National Youth Service at the
LibraryofAlexandriainEgyptonOctober25-27,2010,inpartnershipwiththeLibrary
and the John D. Gerhart Center or Philanthropy and Civic
EngagementattheAmericanUniversityinCairo.
 Te 9th Global Conerence was the largest conerence inIANYS’ history, drawing participants rom over 30 countriesrom all regions, with signicant representation or the rst timerom Arab countries. A rich conerence program oered a totalo 30 conerence sessions ocusing on an array o issues pertinentto policy and practice or youth civic engagement and national youth service, including: the relationship between employability and youth civic engagement; dierent pathways or developingpolicies and programs; actors that contribute to creating anenabling environment or civic engagement; the contributionso youth service to achieving peace, development and socialinclusion; promising practices in program design; impactassessment and evaluation; and the challenges associated withsustaining, innovating and scaling up national youth service.Participants reported thatthey came away rom theconerence with greatercontacts, knowledge andideas to assist them with their work in the youth serviceand youth civic engagementsectors. Tey gained valuableknowledge that will helpthem improve their owninitiatives and advance the youth civic engagement eldin their countries, regions and globally. An important point thatparticipants raised is that youth service has not been adequately promoted or recognized as a strategy in the youth developmenteld despite its clear benets and eectiveness.IANYS is the only international initiative promoting youth
civicengagementandservice-learningthathasgrownintoa
global network rom various corners o the world. It is uniquely positioned to acilitate and guide a global community o prac
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titioners and policymakers in thiseld and to support quality youthservice programs in dierent coun
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tries. ICP has served as the IANYS
PermanentSecretariatsince2007
and, in just three years, revitalizedthe Association by:
.•Organizingbiennialconferences
 with unprecedented levels o participation, internationalexchange o knowledge,and connection betweenpractitioners and proessionals worldwide;
•Gatheringanddisseminating
national youth service prolesand inormation around the world;
•Buildinganonlinecommunityofpracticefornational
 youth service supporters using new social media; and
•Actingtoimprovethestructureofthenetworkanddene
new parameters and activities or achieving its mission.As we build on the conerence to set new goals and priorities orIANYS, we will continue to engage our participants and othersupporters o youth service in dialogue on how IANYS canbest act to meet the needs o young people and communities worldwide. In this way ICP aims to strengthen IANYS topromote a strong agenda or embracing youth service as key tosustainable youth and community development.
Talloires Network: Building a global movement of socially
engaged universities
 Te alloires Network , an international associa
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tion o institutions committed to strengthening thecivic roles and social responsibilities o higher
education,celebrateditsve-yearanniversaryofthefoundingofthenetwork.ICPisaco-founder
o the Network and Secretariat in partnership with the isch
CollegeofCitizenshipandPublicServiceatTuftsUniversity.
Since 2005 ICP has bolstered the Network’s membership to 200universities rom 58 countries around the world representingmore than 4.5 million students. In looking ahead to the utureo the Network, ICP hosted a meeting in March 2010, bringingtogether higher education leaders rom around the world at the
RockefellerFoundation’sBellagioCenter.emeetingcreateda
strategic plan or the next phase o the Network’s development.Among other objectives, uture plans include launching a proes
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sional exchange program or aculty and a small grants programor universities in Chile and South Arica.
“If we are going totackle our toughestproblems, fromterrorism to climatechange, we will haveto tap (young people’s)talents and passions.”
US Secretary of State Hilary Clintonin a video message for the 9th Global Conference

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