Lesson

Motivate youth by including them in project design

Raising expectations of young people and then leaving them unmet because there is no follow-up is bad practice. Building sustainability into actions that depend on a group that is by nature evolving and likely to move on is also difficult. Consulting young people and involving them in project design, monitoring and evaluation may help. Set up “buddy” systems where more senior/experienced/older youth agreed to mentor younger people not yet of an age to participate in the project formally.

UNDEF/Thailand