About Global Youth Connect
Founded in 1999 by young leaders from both the USA and post-genocide countries like Guatemala and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Global Youth Connect advances human rights by empowering young activists from around the globe to meet face-to-face, exchange ideas and take action together in collaboration with grassroots NGOs, policy makers, and other stakeholders.


A truly life altering experience. I loved every moment of it!

-- International Participant, Rwanda

“It’s hard to find the words to describe how deeply this program has impacted me. I feel like I’ve been gifted with the motivation and the self-confidence to take control of my life. And I now know that I will go on to do many positive things and that I can really make a difference.”

-- International Participant, El Salvador


Global Youth Connect’s programs provide young leaders (ages 14-35) from a wide range of ethnic, national, economic and religious backgrounds with opportunities to learn more about human rights and enhance their ability to take action on pressing human rights issues.
Our Impact​

20% of GYC alumni have founded a Human Rights related program, organization, or initiative since their delegation.

For example, meet GYC Alumna 
Rebecca Davis -- MSNBC Foot Soldier empowering street children in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Guinea through dance. Learn more about the Rebecca Davis Dance Company here!

And meet Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, the founder and director of the 
Akilah Institute, recognized by Forbes  and many others as a pioneer in girls education. In 2013 Newsweek named Elizabeth one of the 125 "Women of Impact" in the world


47% of GYC Alumni currently hold jobs in the field of Human Rights

97% of GYC Alumni say that the GYC program influenced their career trajectory in some way

GYC has held over 30 programs in 8 countries, training over 600 youth to strengthen over 50 human rights organizations with over 650 projects, and issued over 50 reports.

GYC’s impact manifests itself not only in the future progressive lives and activities of our youth participants from around the world, but also in the human rights efforts of the grassroots organizations where our youth volunteer their time and skills, and in the actions of policy makers who get involved through our advocacy and sharing meetings.



Our Methodology


Our educational methodology is drawn from a mixture of techniques and strategies used by the popular education movement. Our programs are highly interactive and experiential. We promote a “whole person” approach to leadership development as well as understand the importance of providing experiences for participants to connect with others in to engage in meaningful shared work. Our goal is to help young leaders learn about the ideas, concepts and strategies of human rights through engaging in meaningful dialogue, promoting critical analysis, encouraging self-reflection and fostering action.
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GYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization