Youth are the cornerstone of local humanitarian activities, and as we were holding a training on planning and reporting we were curious, why do the youth volunteers want to serve their communities?
Before the actions, there are plans to be made; the why, what and how must be asked and answered. For there to be action, there must be motivation to sit through the assessment phase, the planning phase and the implementation phase of a project or activity. Motivation is therefore number 1 on the checklist of sustainable youth-driven local humanitarian activities.
Behind every action, there is a motivation for engagement and involvement
We asked some Red Cross Youth Volunteers, the cornerstone of the RC/RC movement, about their motivation to contribute to their Tanahun district communities through Red Cross;
”Since I am part of society, I am able to see many up´s and down´s. So I felt it is my responsibility to serve my society and help people in need.”
- Female, 18
”To serve people when they´re in need.”
- Male, 18
”I involve in a Red Cross due to its good work and expecting other knowledge also, and I also want to help in society. I want to have a vital role in society in every field, just like circulation of blood in a body of organisms.”
- female, 15
When the motivation is there, then plans for actions must be made. But how?
Youth engagement and involvement in creating and implementing local humanitarian activities has a good ring to it in our ears, and yours as well? Let´s agree that it certainly does not sound like car-honking or street dogs barking at night, rather it sounds like your favourite Bollywood-movie song. It sounds good.
Not only does it sound good, it is positive. The energy and motivation needed to create humanitarian activities can now be checked off the list needed for sustainable youth engagement. Then the next on the checklist of youth-driven local humanitarian activities is coming up with the ideas for action and how to actually turn ideas into action. How do we actually do this? Before the action, there is talk, planning and assessments to ensure that the actions are the right fit to meet the community need. To learn the nitty gritty of planning, needs assessments and report-writing we held a training with Tanahun Youth Volunteers this weekend crossing off the next step on checklist. Knowing the nitty-gritty of planning, both short-term and long term is key to sustainability so that the activities continue on, even when youth volunteers move on. Wondering what is next on the checklist of youth-driven local humanitarian activities? Continue following our work here on the blog and become our friend on Facebook - we love new friends; Kathrine and Ola.
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