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CIPRA Youth Council (CYC)

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Who are we?

We are young people between 14 and 30 living in the alpine region. The first CYC, a group of 7 young women, has been nominated by the Assembly of the Delegates of the CIPRA in Bolzano on the 10th October 2013.
> Portraits of the members

Vision: What do we want?

Young people living in the Alps are active and responsible citizens, they reflect critically, make informed decisions and contribute in designing the alpine future. Decision makers consult and involve them and take them seriously – and vice versa. The involvement of present and future generations is on the political agenda on a local, national and European level.

Mission: How can this vision become reality?

The CIPRA Youth Council aims to connect with other youth organizations and networks of local youth councils, to empower young people aged between 14 and 30, living in alpine countries, to have a say and be heard. We aim to help them to participate in decisions that affect them; so they have a voice and campaign on issues they believe in, inspire them to have a positive impact, and gain recognition for their contribution to communities, society and the world.  

”The Youth Committee is an advisory body serving CIPRA International’s bodies, Management and Executive Office. The Youth Committee provides CIPRA with advice. They receive support in the implementation of their own projects and counselling for the further development of their ideas and concerns as well as access to CIPRA’s international network. The Youth Committee has the right to speak and table motions in the Assembly of Delegates, the Presiding Committee and, by prior agreement, the Executive Board. At the international level, the Youth Committee has an advisory function and plays a proactive role. It also submits proposals on subjects that are relevant in a young person’s view and are of interest to CIPRA.”  (from CIPRA Statute)

Our values

Participation: All young people have the right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives and issues which they believe in locally, nationally and internationally.
Equality: We promote equality among young people - all young people in our organization are valued equally.
Diversity: Young people are diverse with different needs and opinions and this is to be recognized and commemorated.
Recognition: Young people are recognized for the positive contributions they make to society, their place as citizens now and in the future.

Our Projects and activities




Youth Alpine Interrail


Living Labs

Whatsalp youth


Youth Alpine Express

Point of view and media

January 2019: Don’t mess with our future!

July 2018: Auf Mitgestaltungsreise durch die Alpen (de, fr, it, sl)

March 2018: 5 years of CYC (de, fr, it, sl)

August 2017: Dalla fame alla sobrietà (de, fr, it, sl)

October 2016: 3 years of CYC (de, fr, it, sl)

July 2014: CYC tests partcipation methods (de, fr, it, sl)


Do you want to join us?

Please contact us via: Nora Leszczynski, 


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Report on Youth Participation

CIPRA brochure about "Youth Participation in the Alps" (pdf)


Szene Alpen Nr. 97

«Yes, youth can»
Why youth should be involved (sl, it, fr, de)

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