The presentation kicked-off with an introduction to the topic followed by the classification of these networks in case-studies format. It then scoped into key challenges faced by these youth network before presenting the formulated key recommendations.
The findings presented in the webinar show that there are various reasons for youth to join youth networks. First, they want to create synergies to take advantage of economies of scale-marketing, production, and bulking. They also use the platform to share various opportunities, e.g. information about call for grants or access to trainings and peer mentoring. In addition, they want to tap onto the convening power of these networks to push agendas with the government or local policymakers. Finally, youth find it easier to join these networks due their flexible entry requirements and inclusion of young people in the decision-making processes.
Despite the challenge to find more information on the youth networks due to scanty literature around the topic, James suggested to cluster the networks into three different areas, namely: scope of work, geographical scope of operations, and affiliations (see Table 1 for more detail).