Power Shifting Checklist

We want to proactively shift power in everything we do. What does this practically mean?

We’ve developed a POWER SHIFTING CHECKLIST to ensure the work we do continues to shift power and in doing so creates a world where youth power can thrive.


“Today’s young people collectively recognise that we can only build a sustainable society when we systematically address structural inequalities.”

Quote from Youth Power in a Pandemic Report

1. Prioritise Youth Leadership

TRUST young people to lead from the outset.

SUPPORT youth-led organising.

2. Train, Support & Resource Young Leaders

Plan Ahead. Provide and resource tailored inclusive training and support to all young leaders.

Compensate fairly. Ensure no young person is doing unpaid work, or is out of pocket due to their commitment.

Fund locally led youth groups and organisations.

3. Prioritise Safety & Happiness

Protect the health and safety of young people.

Support youth happiness and wellbeing.

4. Be open, dynamic and accountable

Learn. Invest in monitoring and evaluation and build a culture of learning.

Ensure Dynamic Accountability. Let young people participate fully, be transparent and provide a continuous feedback loop.

5. Intentionally Shift Power

Recognise Intersectionality. Acknowledge that everyone has a unique experience of discrimination – and be intentional about removing barriers for every young person.

Let communities lead their own development.

Let young people be holistic leaders, to inform, influence and deliver their own futures.

6. Be Restless: Flex, innovate & create

Youth Power is not bound by existing systems or the status quo. Give young people the space to flex, innovate and create new ways to have impact.

Find out more…

Read the powershifting series on our Blog

What is power shifting and why does it matter? In this series we explore power shifting in the development sector.

Download the Powershifting Checklist poster

Have your very own poster of the Youth Power Principles to remind you of what Youth Power is all about.

Read the Youth Power Principles

The Youth Power Principles, created in consulatation with young people across the world explain who we are at our core.