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Answers week 3 - Wieke Vink
Mar 23rd, 2008 - 22:05:06
Here are my thoughts. Sorry for the delay!
8. What are some peaceful and innovative ways of highlighting the
importance of this issue at the conference? I think flyers, banners,
posters, etc. are a good way of highlighting the
importance of youth participation. I also agree with Jo Anne Tacorda
when she says: " I know that I am always drawn to things like
short plays, skits, musical performances (Choirs, solos ect) at
conference and that is usually what stays with me afterwards."
That's exactly the same for me. I think it is important to have
something that grabs your attention, just for a moment, but at
the same time gets you thinking. Such a thing could be one
sentence or a short play, but it needs to inspire people.
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? (e.g. t-shirts, rallies, pins, posters, stickers,
etc) Keep in mind that there is a limit on the budget for materials and
events. So much good ideas have already been suggested! There's just one extra thing I would like to add: instead of a t-shirt, I think a tie is also a good way of letting people show their commitment. I really like the statement 'I commit to youth'. Wouldn't it be great if a whole lot of people - youth, celebrities, decision-makers, both men and women - would walk around at the conference wearing a nice necktie with this statement on it?
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? I think it is very important that people not only think and talk about youth participation, but that they also implement it into their activities. As a reminder, it's a good idea to write down everything people promise in regards to youth participation or - even better - to let them write it down themselves.
Furthermore, I think the way Plan is working with youth is a great example of how organisations and NGO's could involve youth in what they are doing. For example, I'm a member of the Youth Board of Plan Netherlands. Our Youth Board has two main goals: 1) providing feedback and advice on the things Plan Netherlands is doing, especially in regards to youth participation and 2)trying to involve as much other Dutch youth as possible, for example through youth media and peer-to-peer education. I think it would be great if every organisation working with children and youngsters have got some sort of 'youth board' in which these youth can participate.
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