Organizations aiming to foster civic engagement, such as government bodies, news outlets, political parties, and NGOs, struggle to purposefully use social media to engage young people. To meet this challenge and to inform future design, we interviewed 17 lead users, that is, representatives from organizations that are frontrunners in using social media to engage young people. In addition, we conducted four group-interviews with 21 youth, 16–26 years, about their experiences of and barriers to online civic engagement. Our paper contributes to identifying specific factors and strategies for how young people should be supported in future online civic engagement. Findings suggest that youth should be involved in collaboration within the organizations. Immediate feedback and dialogue combined with clearly stated goals and action-oriented engagement are important. In future design visual communication and design for use on mobile devices are important considerations, as well as concepts that connect between the online and the offline world. Finally, our paper contributes to an extension of the lead user innovation approach.