Helping Teenagers to Transform their Communities in Ukraine
- Youth engagement
- September 2020
The project aims to foster civic participation of young people in Ukraine by training them to become responsible and pro-active citizens. The central activity of the project is a non-formal civic education training program in four stages that will train teenagers to become “Junior Agents of Change” in four pilot cities. Trained Junior Agents of Change will implement development projects aiming for the transformation of their social environment and the development of their communities.
Lessons from Project
Consider utilizing methodology and the best practices from this project for teenager civic education.
Suggested Tags: resources, education, youth, methodology
Plan early to develop and implement a strategic communication campaign to tell a multi-dimensional transmedia narrative story about their project through multiple channels that are most used by direct beneficiaries and target audiences. Consider hiring an experienced media communication specialist to help with regional and national media coverage efforts beyond simple announcements.
Explore market costs for professional services and direct expenses for responsible yet effective and fair budgeting for project activities and personnel.
Evaluate the overall environment to identify and focus on the most vulnerable and underserved direct beneficiaries who live in small, rural areas.
Support a connected alumni network to expand their reach and increase sustainability.
Consider offering an attractive prize in the form of a study abroad leadership tour in collaboration with an established leadership educational program.
Simplicity is key: design simple yet clear guidelines for all competition stages and provide extensive training to all teenage and adult beneficiaries early in the project if they design a progressive competition.
Explore incorporating “World’s Largest Lesson” and other UN resources available to support teenage civic education in future programming.