Global Youth Action Network

Organization's name: Global Youth Action Network
Organization's acronym: GYAN
Headquarters address  
Address: 540 President St, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11215

United States of America
Phone: 1-212-661-6111
Web site:
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
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  • Spanish


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Children
  • Climate Change
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Information
  • Social Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Volunteerism
  • Youth

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • The girl child
  • Women and HIV/AIDS
  • Women in power and decision-making

Sustainable Development:
  • Climate change
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Sustainable development in a globalizing world
Geographic scope: International
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 2001
Year of registration (YYYY): 2005
Organizational structure: The Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) is 501c3, not-for-profit organization, launched in 1996 and registered in the state of New York, USA. National chapters are registered in Mexico and Ghana. GYAN is affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information and holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC).
Number and type of members: Any organization that is youth-led, youth-serving or youth-friendly and which does not promote hatred or violence can become a member of GYAN. Currently there are 1147 member organizations (
Funding structure:
  • Fees for education and training services
  • Fees for providing consulting or research services
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Children and youth
Affiliation with other organizations: GYAN is a strategic partner of TakingITGlobal, a website for youth activists. GYAN also plays a supportive role for the CSD Youth Caucus, acting as an ad hoc secretariat and assisting with logistics before and during the Commission.
Publications: "Youth and the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation", 2005, single publication.


Major group affiliation: Non-governmental Orgnizations