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Anne Frank Youth Network | AFYN

A global youth network

The Anne Frank Youth Network (AFYN) is an international community of young people aged between 16 and 26 who draw inspiration from the legacy of Anne Frank, and are committed to fostering a world rooted in tolerance, inclusivity, human rights, and democratic values. The AFYN is an initiative developed by the Anne Frank House.

 

Through innovative educational programs and collaborative projects, the AFYN encourages youngsters to shape a future in which Anne’s vision of a more compassionate and understanding world becomes a reality.

"We cannot change what happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realize what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means. I believe that it’s everyone’s responsibility to fight prejudice."
- Otto Frank

OUR HISTORY

1960

The Anne Frank House opened its doors as a museum on May 3, 1960. Otto Frank’s mission was not only to focus on the sorrow of the Holocaust but also to help visitors reflect on how they could act against prejudice and discrimination.

1961

Exactly a year after the Secret Annex was opened to the public, the Anne Frank House International Youth Centre was launched. The Anne Frank House is a base, but the International Youth Centre does everything to further the Anne Frank ideals: working to promote peace and tolerance

Since 1963, young people from all over the world have come to the Anne Frank House every year for international summer conferences on emancipation, religion, and human rights.

1963

2013

After 50 years it was time for an update! The Anne Frank Youth Network as we know it today was born.

TODAY

We continue Otto’s legacy by empowering the next generation of young changemakers to make a difference within their own communities. Together with our partner organizations, we are working with more than 6,000 young people from more than 50 countries.

WHAT DO WE DO

The AFYN want to help you create the change you want to see in your environment.

Trainings & Workshops

We offer lots of events every year, both online and offline; from skills training to film Watch Parties, and from a digital book club to international summits where you get to meet other AFYN members in real life. Check out our upcoming events.

Growth opportunities

We will provide you with the skills and materials you need to take action and make your project a reality. Want to do more? There are opportunities to mentor other AFYN members, and possibilities to intern at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam or one of our partner organizations near you.

A global network

We offer a platform and network that will allow you to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded young people all over the world!

Anne Frank Youth Network | AFYN

our focus

Anne Frank’s diary and her resilience remains an inspiration to young people everywhere. With Anne’s story as a starting point, we explore how human rights issues impact the lives of young people today.

The youth network focuses on these four topics:

Remembrance

Keeping Anne Frank’s story alive and reflecting on and learning from the past is at the core of our mission. Many AFYN members have created projects about the Holocaust and the Second World War.

Discrimination and equal rights

We encourage young people to think about the dangers of antisemitism, racism and discrimination. We are all different – yet equal. We equip you with the skills and confidence to speak up when you witness injustice and unequal treatment.

Youth empowerment

The AFYN empowers its members with skills in reflection and how to engage in dialogue with one another, especially those who may have a different point of view. We reflect on our own identity and that of others with radical empathy.

Democracy

Being a changemaker may feel like a big responsibility. We want to ensure that young people have the power to change their own immediate environment. No matter how big or small their influence might be, they are a part of democracy.

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