Violent extremism is a serious threat to our societies, affecting young people disproportionally, both as perpetrators and victims. However, the critical role youth play in preventing violent extremism is often ignored. Young people can spot early signs of radicalisation and can create safe dialogue spaces for their peers to express their frustrations and feelings of marginalisation.
Extremely Together is the Foundation’s youth leadership initiative, which brings together ten Young Leaders, all active in preventing violent extremism (PVE) in their communities and beyond. After the publication of their landmark guide “Countering violent extremism – A guide for young people by young people”, the Young Leaders set out to train peers and inspire them to take action against violent extremism.
This group serves as an inspiration for those who feel disempowered; they offer instead a positive vision of what young people’s energy and idealism can achieve when they work “extremely together”. By doing so, Extremely Together provides to young people who are in transitional stages of their lives a different path towards building an independent identity and finding a sense of purpose – based on dialogue, tolerance and acceptance.