The Dutch National Youth Council (NJR) defends the interests and opportunities of young people in the Netherlands. We do this by helping young people discover their strengths: what do you enjoy, and what are you good at? When you’re aware of your strengths, you can do great things! Maybe you’ve already got big plans to make an impact. To us, every young person with ideas for the future is a changemaker that we’d love to add to our network of changemakers. Because we’re stronger together. With our changemakers we can change the world, such as by proving governments and schools what the young generation has in store. NJR has over twenty projects that you can join: there’s something for everyone!
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We envision a world in which all young people feel at home and in which they can make the most of their potential. A world in which they can embrace themselves and have a positive impact on each other and their world.
We contribute to our ideal world by making sure that:
- Young people discover who they are, experience their own capacities so as to develop themselves to their full potential.
- Society is designed to enable young people to leave their mark on the world.
who’s in charge
NJR exists for and because of young people. This means we also have a youth board, which changes every year. This way, we stay innovative and up to date when it comes to topics that are important to young people.
NJR is an umbrella organisation of various youth organisations in the Netherlands: our member organisations. Our members are how we exist and stay informed on what’s happening among the youth. We are in regular contact with our member organisations, and in addition they provide us with input three times a year during the General Assembly.
We have lots of young talent among our staff as well as our among our interns and volunteers. Of course, it’s still a good idea to have seasoned experts stand by, so that they can share their experience and advice with us. For this purpose, we have a highly valuable Advisory Council.
how it started
NJR was founded in June 2001. Participating organisations that fully or partially merged into NJR were the National Youth Council for Environment and Development (NJMO), the Union 31, the Dutch Youth Group, the foundation National Youth Debate and the Youth Network of the Netherlands. From 2009, the Dutch National Youth Council has been exclusively using the abbreviation DNYC in English and NJR in Dutch.
Name: NJR (Vereniging Nationale Jeugdraad)
Address: Kromme Nieuwegracht 58, 3512 HL Utrecht
Objective: Stimulating and supporting youth participation at all levels of society; ensuring that young people know their strengths, develop them and use them for a better future for themselves and others.
Policy: Offering opportunities to young people, ensuring others do the same, ensuring that this happens in the best way possible and inspiring young people to make use of those opportunities.
Board: Maurice Knijnenburg (president), Lara van Oostveen (secretary), Erben Oosting (brand & strategy), Koen Tuin (finance & organisation), Sara Langeveld (board member local advocacy), Lara van Oostveen (board member national affairs), Thyrza Zoons (board member international affairs).
Remuneration: Board members receive a monthly compensation of € 750. The director receives a salary according to the Collective Agreement for Welfare and Social Services, scale 13 (between € 3596 and € 5656). Other staff is also paid according to the Collective Agreement for Welfare and Social Services.