Alliance of Youth Movements

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The Alliance of Youth Movements was an event in 2008 which led to the creation of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting, digital activists.

Founders of include Jared Cohen, former advisor to both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton and a director at Google, Jason Liebman, CEO and co-founder of Howcast, the How-to website, and Roman Tsunder, co-founder of Access 360 Media[clarification needed]. hosts annual conferences, events, and trainings that link influential leaders in technology, media, in the private and public sectors with the some of the world's most promising digital activists[clarification needed]. The organization’s website,, serves as a hub for discussion, resources, and news about digital activism around the world.

Organization and history[edit] began with a December 2008 summit in New York City to identify, convene, and engage 21st century movements online for the first time in history. The US Department of State partnered with Facebook, Howcast, MTV, Google, YouTube, AT&T, JetBlue, Gen-Next[clarification needed], Access 360 Media[clarification needed], and Columbia Law School to launch a global network and empower young people mobilizing against violence and oppression. The inaugural summit was called the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit[why?]. Later when the organization launched its website in 2011,, they began to refer to the organization as

Speakers at the inaugural 2008 summit included actress Whoopi Goldberg, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, the Obama Campaign’s New Media Team, and then-current Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs of the United States James K. Glassman.

In March 2009 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced and endorsed the Second Alliance for Youth Movements Summit,[1] held October 14–16, 2009 in Mexico City. This Summit explored the role of technology in mobilizing young people working to end violence throughout Latin America and around the world. Young delegates, described by Secretary Clinton as “the vanguard of a rising generation of citizen activists,”[2] were joined by more than 15 private and public partners[who?], including the world’s leading technology companies[clarification needed]. Together they launched discussions on how best to use the latest technological tools to catalyze change, build movements, and transform lives.

Recent activities[edit]

AYM's most recent summit look place in London March 9–11, 2010. Speakers included: Scott Heiferman, CEO of, Martin Sorrell, CEO and founder of WPP Group[clarification needed], and Skype conversation with Jack Dorsey co-founder and Chairman of Twitter.

In June 2012, formally became a division of Advancing Human Rights(AHR), created in 2010 by Robert L. Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch and former President and CEO of Random House for twenty-five years. AHR focuses on freedom of speech, women’s rights and promoting the freedoms outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly by leveraging the power of the Internet. The merger was released in the New York Times.


  1. ^ "Remarks At TecMilenio University". U.S. Department of State. 2009-03-26. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Secretary Clinton Delivers Video Message for Alliance for Youth Movements Summit". U.S. Department of State. 2009-10-16. Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 

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