We have come a long way from where we began, but now we’re here! 2017 marks the year CHOICE turns 20, and we couldn’t be prouder to reach this milestone! Who would have thought twenty years ago at the launch that the Dutch Council on Youth and Population would turn into an independent, successful and sustainable youth-led organization?!
In the past 20 years we gained our independence, changed our name to CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality and moved our office to the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Today, we are a proud, professional and energetic youth-led organization, expert in Meaningful Youth Participation and youth-led advocacy. Our 9 staff members, 5 board members and 25 Youth Advocates give everything they got to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people worldwide.
CHOICErs share their skills and capacities with young people worldwide. Together, we are change makers, an ever growing mobilized group of young people raising their voices. We promote Meaningful Youth Participation, participate in advocacy on all levels and support other youth-led organization to become sustainable. It’s encouraging to witness how much we’ve achieved over the past 20 years!
We are proud that CHOICE is able to make an impact worldwide for young people’s SRHR. It’s encouraging and exciting to see that a youth-led organization, with a high turnover, has secured a place in international advocacy and is taking seriously by other organizations in the Netherlands and abroad. CHOICE now is an inspiring example for many youth-led organizations worldwide.
Celebrating our 20th anniversary as an established and sustainable organization feels good! But our road has not reached its end, there’s still a lot of work to be done. With funding and technical assistance, youth-led organizations will be able to create and amplify positive and progressive change in the years to come. Together we can make a difference. Commit to our Call to Action and help us build a bigger network of sustainable youth-led organizations worldwide!