[MYF08consult] answers for week Three from Naomi
Mar 19th, 2008 - 22:59:55
> Here are my thoughts regarding the questions from week three.
> 8. What are some peaceful and innovative ways of highlighting the
> importance of this issue at the conference?
Of course, we need as much paraphenalia as possible -- I mean banners,
t-shirts, fact sheets. The youth AIDS2008 website needs to be up and running
asap and be linked into EVERY youth organization and list-serve possible!
During the conference, we need serious blogging to RH reality check, Lancet
Student, Health and Development Network, etc.
I think we need some well-packaged visuals that smartly and quickly transmit
the youth message -- how about a mascot? or pinatas? We could play off of a
pinata theme (culturally appropriate, no?) as they are associated with
infants/children. We could make them political. Young people need access to
more than candy! Candy and condoms! Or Condoms and EC! We could have lots of
colorful pinatas -- perhaps donkeys -- with the faces of the enemies of
comprehensive HIV/AIDS and SRHR policies on the heads of the donkeys! This
needs to be better thought out, but I think pinatas all over the youth
pavillion would be great!
In general, all art displays need to be as interactive as possible.
Political puppets! I'm sure we could find some great Mexican puppeteers.
9. Imagine that you are at the conference. What kind of tools,actions or
> events do you think would serve the purpose of visibility around the
> advocacy message?
I am very keen on young people using new media as much as possible. As
organizers, we need to make blogging overly available to the young people.
Perhaps we can set up stations where young people can record their
observations and blogs.
Also, if we can train youth to use audio-visual equipment, it would be great
to get youth advocates to conduct interviews, make short documentaries, and
10. When advocating using this message at the conference, what could you
> suggest to your decision-makers as practical and realistic next steps they
> can take to implement your ideas?
> The commitments desk is a fabulous tool, but as experience has shown we
> need to effectively document the commitments as they are made. If we can
> faciliate as many linkages between decision-makers and young people by
> region during the conference, that would make the tracking process easier
> and build strong partnerships, foster capacity building, etc. A mentorship
> program would be a great way to start that process.
Hope this is helpful. I look forward to going over this ideas more in-depth
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naomi (at) youthaidscoalition.org