Youth organizations

Realization of potential of young people is assisted by involvement thereof in the activities of non-governmental organizations. The Law on Youth Policy Framework (Official Gazette, 2003, No. 119-5406; 2005, No. 144-5238) for the first time established the terms of youth organization, youth council, as well as organization working with youth, and acknowledged the importance and contribution thereof into education of personality of a young person.

In accordance with Article 2 of the Law on Youth Policy Framework:

  • Youth organization means a public organisation or association, registered in the manner prescribed by laws and other legal acts, in which young people or public youth organisations comprise not less than 2/3 of its members.
  • National youth council means a youth organisation the principal purpose of which is to unite youth organisations of Lithuania and to represent them.
  • Regional youth council means a youth organisation the principal purpose of which is to unite youth organisations functioning in a territorial administrative unit of the Republic of Lithuania, and to represent them.
  • Organization working with youth means a public legal person one of the purposes of which is youth-oriented activity which meets their needs.

Article 9 of the Law on Youth Policy Framework indicates the key functions of youth organizations:

1) to attend to and satisfy common needs and interests of young people or needs and interests of individual youth groups;

2) to foster civic responsibility and respect for the family;

3) to carry out informal education of young people;

4) to organise employment, sport, tourism, cultural and professional activities of young people;

5) to promote international co-operation of young people;

6) to foster voluntary youth work;

7) to carry out other activities which are in compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania, laws, and other legal acts.

Organizations and involvement in implementation of regulations of youth policy make space for self-realization of young people. Being involved in the activities of youth organizations, a young person acquires communication skills, self-confidence, planning and implementation skills, ability to assess the efficiency and quality, cooperate with other people and organizations, as well as combine different interests.

Youth organizations represent the interests of youth as well as frame youth policy through regional unions of youth organizations (round tables) and national youth organizations as well as regional unions of youth organizations – through LiJOT.

According to the Youth Situation Research data, ordered by the Department of Youth Affairs in 2007, the activities of youth organizations involved 12 percent of 14-29 year old people from Lithuania.

The sources of financing of youth organizations are diverse: from the national, municipal budgets, international funds, program funds, membership fund, to private funds.

Further information on youth organizations is available on: www.jrd.lt, www.lijot.lt, www.eurodesk.lt