Years of experience in conducting adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) programming has taught us some important lessons. Among them is the importance of youth engagement and leadership. Traditionally “leadership” is associated with adults in positions of authority, rather than with young people who are scarcely seen as decision-makers.
In this LeaderNet seminar, we will explore how to operationalize leadership as a set of practical behaviors that anyone, including adults and young people, can learn. We will do this by asking adults to bring teenage students, daughters and sons, nieces and nephews and for youth to bring their friends, classmates, parents, and teachers into the conversation, online or offline. Share with us your and their experiences, wisdom, doubts and concerns about youth leadership in AYSRH activities. From this discussion, we aim to distill good ideas, advice and practices that we can bring back into our families, work and schools to improve AYSRH outcomes in out communities. For example, we hope to learn:
- What practices help young people engage with their elders in conversations about sexual and reproductive health – a topic that is taboo in many societies?
- What skills do young people need to organize others, young and old, to advocate for new policies, for changing existing ones, or for better implementation or enforcement of policies that ensure they have access to the services they need?
- How can young people, in a sensitive and respectful way, address dominant social norms that keep them from adopting healthy behaviors or seek help when they need it?
Welcome To Our Seminar
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- Introduction to Youth and Leadership Seminar
- Day One Overview
- Day Two Overview
- Day Three Overview
- Read and comment on Day 3, Question 1: How can young people address dominant social norms?
- Day Three Discussion Summary
Meet the facilitators
How can young people address dominant social norms?. The young people can address the dominant social norms through research and policy making participation.This will enable them to own the findings and develop a language that is user friendly to them. The message of the norms need to be integrated in the very basic foundation of education,…[Read more]
I’m late to your comment — but have you discovered any promising approaches through social media to engage adolescents in discussing/addressing undesirable dominant social norms?
I work with a group of adolescent girls in Peru and they’re keen on finding a social-network to share their own growth and connect with mentors & other…[Read more]
For a long time we have had a reluctance of adults especially fathers to discuss sexual issues , mothers are more able to discuss sexuality with the youth, my opinion is to empower the fathers and adults in general to adopt a language that is youth friendly and come down to the level of the youths by participating in their activities- go for…[Read more]
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quand on parle de la sexualité des adolescents, il faut tenir compte de la categorisation des adolescent.
interessons nous aux adolescent qui ont deja decouvert ou du moins sont actif de point vue sexuels? ou interessons nous aux adolescent, qui n’ont jamais fait un acte sexuel(vierge)? l’un dans l’autre, il s’agit de revoir nos discours envers…[Read more]
Hi everyone – please click on “Read and comment on Day 1, Question 1: Practices for young people to better communicate with elders?” in order to participate in the discussion.