The Youth Network was formally established by the ICA in 2003 to:
- help young cooperators from different countries to connect, share experiences and ideas;
- provide an environment where young cooperators can learn more about the wider cooperative movement;
- involve young people from outside the movement through education and support;
- empower young cooperators to engage with the rest of the movement to both raise the profile of youth issues and to ensure the youth perspective is presented during wider discussions.
The Youth Network adopted its first constitution in 2013.