Membership in the EYC is free and open to any individual or organization that promotes EYC values such as the protection of life and the family (see question #2).
Although the materials created and distributed by the EYC will be oriented toward youth and young adults ages 15-35, people of any age can join and receive the informative quizzes, videos and alerts.
There are two categories of EYC member organizations: 1. Youth-oriented/Youth-focused organizations, and 2. Mentoring/Supporting organizations (see answers to questions #6 and #7 below for more information).
There are many wonderful pro-life and pro-family organizations that are not specifically focused on youth or young adults that have vast experience and expertise in pro-life and pro-family issues. We are excited to have these good organizations also join the EYC as mentoring organizations that can share their expertise with EYC youth by contributing to our various campaigns (optional) or possibly providing videos, speakers, or other tools that can be used to equip youth worldwide to stand for life and family. Even just adding your organization’s name to the coalition to show support can add strength and numbers to this cause.
While not mandatory, we encourage each mentoring organization to establish a youth arm if they don’t already have one. Even if you start with just one youth or young adult that you appoint from your organization to participate in the EYC Youth Council (the EYC Youth Council will hold bimonthly Zoom calls), we hope this will jumpstart efforts in good organizations throughout the world to help empower more youth and young adults to stand for life and family. Then together we can build the next generation of pro-life and pro-family leaders. We also encourage your youth arm to gather regularly, virtually or in person, to have discussions on EYC topics using the videos, quizzes, and other resources to empower and reach even more youth and young adults.
No, there is no faith litmus test for joining or participating in the EYC. The EYC is unique in that it welcomes people everywhere who support our EYC values and are passionate about EYC topics including people of all faiths or those of no specific faith. While many of our members are motivated by their personal faiths/beliefs, the Empowered Youth Coalition takes all of its positions based on social science data, medical facts, legal arguments, etc. as that is what has proved to be most effective in the public square for impacting public policies. This approach enables people of many cultures, backgrounds, and faiths to come together to work on these important issues.
Family Watch International currently facilitates the Empowered Youth Coalition. We welcome good organizations everywhere to join us as partners in this endeavor to empower the rising generation to stand for life and family.