Young Humanists International

Young Humanists International is the youth section of Humanists International. We are the connecting link between young people in humanist organizations from around the world.

Here’s how we work

We help young humanists (age 18-35) get connected through our programs and annual events.

We have presence in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, through our regional working groups, which bring young humanists together in each region to address issues that are specific to their part of the world.

Our committee is elected from among young representatives nominated by Humanists International member organizations.


The vision of Young Humanists International is to give a voice to young humanists within the mission of Humanists International. The mission of Humanists International is to build and represent the global humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes humanist values worldwide.


To bring into active association youth groups and young humanist individuals throughout the world interested in promoting humanism, as is described in the Amsterdam Declaration 2002.

Aims of Young Humanists International

  • Connect young humanists from different parts of the world
  • Help them grow and develop themselves as humanists
  • Enable them to take part in the development and spread of humanism including in humanist organisations nationally and internationally

You can find more details about the Young Humanists International structure by reading our bylaws (item 6.2 under the Humanists International Bylaws (PDF)).

Structure of Young Humanists International


The Young Humanists International executive committee is composed of at least a president, secretary-general and treasurer. Other posts (up to 12 in total) may be created by the committee, but the general assembly must elect the officials to fill them. The mandate for all current committee members ends on the 2018 general assembly, when the new committee shall be elected.

The Young Humanists International executive committee is currently composed of 9 officers: the president, secretary general, treasurer, communications officer, and the chairs of each regional working group. Besides the formal committee members (in bold), several other appointed volunteers help us carry out our activities. You can find information about our current administration in more detail below.

Young Humanists International executive committee

  • Marieke Prien (Germany) – President: president.young@humanists.international
  • Jad Zeitouni (Belgium) – Vice-president: vice-president.young@humanists.international
  • Scott Jacobsen (Canada) – Secretary General: sec-gen.young@humanists.international

Working Groups

Communications department

  • Anya Overmann (United States) – Communications officer / Humanist Voices editor
  • Ariel Pontes (Brazil) – Webmaster / Humanist Voices editor
  • Scott Jacobsen (Canada) – Humanist Voices editor
  • Penny Komes (United States) – Graphic Designer

Africa Regional Committee

  • Violin Namyalo (Uganda) – Chair: africa.young@humanists.international

Americas Regional Committee

  • vacant position: americas.young@humanists.international

Asia Regional Committee

  • Danielle Hill (Phillipines) – Chair: asia.young@humanists.international

Europe Regional Committee

  • Hari Parekh (UK) – Chair: europe.young@humanists.international

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