strategy

Creating youth leadership opportunities

Synonyms:
Developing youth leadership
Enabling youth leadership development
Implementation:
The Pag-Asa Youth Movement (PMY) funded by the Philippines Department of Social Services and Development enables youth leaders to be trained in managing their projects and activities and in conducting information activities on population and responsible parenthood, health and nutrition, sanitation and prevention of drug abuse, drinking, gambling other forms of delinquency. PYM comprises youth from 7-24 years. Membership in 1988 was around 1 million.

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) based in Cavite, Philippines, initiated a People's School which is geared towards mobilizing youth leaders for rural development. A curriculum and methodology for training community elected villagers to serve as diffuser of technology in their respective villages, not only in agricultural production but in other aspects of rural reconstruction, such as health, family planning, nutrition, literacy education, village drama and leadership programmes. A course is offered on self-government which in 1988 had already trained almost 200 village youth leaders, representing 40 villages in the municipalities of Silang and General Trias. The School's Women Leadership Training has increased women's involvement in income-generating projects in piggery, poultry, food processing and preservation. 17 women in one village and 23 from another have collectively organized pre-cooperative consumer stores to meet village needs.

Claim:
Be willing to step aside. Part of what inspiring the next generation of social innovators involves is simply acknowledging that they are doing it already. Sometimes, because of the investment of years and money, this is very difficult. More subtly it is harder to make psychological space for someone younger to show leadership or suggest an idea. Without creating situations that are unsafe or relinquishing one's role as somebody who has wisdom, it is still possible to get out of the way and allow natural development of the next generation. The most important inspiration that elders can provide is to act upon their own words, with conviction and consistency.
Constrained by:
Relieving youth leadership
Subjects:
Youth
Development
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies