To become a member of the Regional Adolescent and Youth Advisory Majlis you must meet following criteria1:

  •  Age between 10 and 24 years old
  • National of one of the MENA countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Yemen, and Bahrain)2
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work with other people and as part of a team
  • Be proactive and committed to working and advocating for issues of concern to adolescents and youth
  • Be actively involved in the community
  • Be able to commit to a one-year membership to RAYAM and be willing to join available advocacy and regional engagement opportunities made available
  • Be committed to provide regular feedback to your local constituencies

If you meet the membership criteria above, you may register for the Majlis by clicking on the registration link below: through one of the categories below. Please read the description for the different categories below before filling out the registration form so you will know which category to select in your registration form.

Following your submission of the registration form, you will be contacted by a representative of the regional MENA UN:NGO group within one week with further details on how to begin participating in the online discussion forum.

To access the registration form, click here.

1. Members of adolescent and youth groups established by non-governmental organizations and/or UN organizations
Young people (10-24 years of age) active in the programs of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations at regional and across all MENA countries. This includes former Participatory Action Researchers and 2017 and 2018 MENA Evidence Symposium adolescent and youth participants. Participating NGOs in the MENA Regional UN:NGO group on young people: Save The Children, Action Aid, OXFAM, CARE, ACTED, RESCUE, MERCY CORPS, NRC, WORLD VISION, DRC, YPEER, Turning tables, Plan international, and Terre Des Hommes. All NGOs in MENA countries, who are partners/working with the MENA UN:NGO group in MENA countries are also included. Participating UN agencies in the UN:NGO group: ILO, ESCWA, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNV, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, UNWOMEN, WHO, OCHA, WFP, FAO, and UNIDO.

2. Members of government-supported adolescents and youth advisory groups
Young people active in the programs of government supported adolescents and youth advisory groups. For example: Young people from National Adolescents and Youth Advisory Groups, Child Friendly City councils, Youth Parliaments, School Clubs/councils.

3. Members of registered Adolescent and Youth Networks
Young people active in registered youth groups in the MENA region. For example: groups of young people who have organized themselves.

4. Adolescents and Youth engaged at an individual level
Individual adolescents and youth who demonstrate leadership in their communities and among peers, through active engagement, in their community / social media / regional / national level to address issues in their families, communities, workplaces and ensure that their voices, ideas, solutions and perspectives are heard and acted upon in the local, national, regional and global level.

When accepting members, priority will be given to young people whose voices are rarely heard. These include young people who have historically faced obstacles in participating in the decision-making of communities / local, national or regional decision-making processes. For example: Girls, working, living with disability, married conflict-affected, displaced, refugees, out of school, unemployed. The definition of vulnerable and marginalized will depend on the context of each environment and given due consideration by the selection committee. , though for the region as a whole this category includes young people with the following characteristics:
If your profile does not match with first three categories listed above, you are welcome to apply independently as a young person from a vulnerable or marginalized group through the link above.


1.Candidates representing voices from the following under-represented groups will be given priority: females, working, living with disability, married conflict-affected, displaced, refugees, out of school, unemployed.
2.Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Yemen, and Bahrain
3.Please note, per NGO/national advisory group/student council/youth NGO, a maximum of two individuals (one male, one female) can be accepted as members of RAYAM.