Purpose of this Policy is to set the standard in working with and for young people throughout the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies (IFRC). It serves as a global point of reference to ensure consistency in decision-making and builds on and replaces the IFRC Youth Policy and Strategy (1991) and the IFRC Youth Policy (2011). National Societies are accountable to adhere to this Policy by adapting it to their context, aligning their existing policy with it or developing a new policy respectively. The IFRC Secretariat is accountable to adhere to this Policy in all its work. This Policy will be reviewed by the 25th session of the General Assembly in 2025.
The case study outlines how the Viet Nam Red Cross in Da Nang, the local chapter sought to activate young volunteers to increase its profile and community engagement, even with limited volunteer action and low advocacy activities.
ASEAN is a region with 370 million youth which covers 60% of population: 620 million. It has 11 Southeast Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in 11 countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Lao, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste with 4.6 million youth and 1 million volunteers.
Red Cross Youth in ASEAN also addressed Red Cross Youth challenges as follows:
To provide solutions for those above challenges and address/inspire youth for a positive change, IFRC CCST Bangkok office provide with this guide for the youth empowerment programme in communities.
Youth Empowerment in Community (YEC) Programme Guide Pilot version was designed for a purpose of youth empowerment at communities to deeply address the issues of communities and inspire their positive change through youth innovative solutions by enhancing the knowledge, practicing in the field and gaining fresh perspective about the community challenges in a more peaceful and resilient way. The programme has four steps; Step 1; Trainings on youth such as Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (YABC), Step 2; Field school and Practice in the field, Step 3; Community/School Actions, Step 4; Monitoring, peer learning and expansion.
The guide has a participant-centred, experiential learning approach which leads to creative platforms. It supports youth to discuss the social issues by addressing/identifying specific gaps/issues and their root causes in their existing knowledge and practice, giving all possible solutions to such issues by their own, through sharing their personal experiences and to demonstrate in communities/schools through a creative platform; theatre, dance, music, arts and sports activities. In a second phase, Children and youths collect the feedback from the community/school and reflect together to make a ‘from their heart to their mind’ changing journey to become responsible members of community challenges.
Usage: Guide for implementation
Audience: Youth leaders in National Societies
See also the related event in social inclusion held in Vientiane, Lao PDR
See also the case studies of Youth Empowerment:
This activity inspired 200 youths to change their mindset and attitude about the discrimination, exclusion and stereotyped opinions against their marginalised friends. It became more significant to Lao Youth since this was the first time of the youth-designed activity and it was totally led by themselves from planning to implementation.
Twenty (20) core group youths, confident of their achievements, decided to carry on more activities with the same approach targeting communities and universities by their own planning and efforts starting from May 2017.
IFRC representative and the SEAYN chair (Mr. Novey Robert Dolde, Philippines Red Cross Youth Council President) were invited to attend the Regional Workshop for the Development of ASEAN Youth Development Index (YDI) from the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia from 28-29 November 2016. The main objectives of the workshop were:
IFRC shared relevant experiences and suggestions on the development of ASEAN YDI. One of main outcomes of the workshop was that IFRC became a key stakeholder to the ASEAN Youth development together with the ASEAN Member States (AMS) and relevant UN organisations such as UNICEF, UNFPA and UNESCO including UNV.
IFRC will be the attending the next Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) to finalise the first YDI report. IFRC and SEAYN Chair proposed some more practical key indicators to the Domains and Indicators developed by the ASEAN consultant to be included in the ASEAN YDI report.
Audience: Red Cross and Red Crescent youth
See also: YABC toolkit introduction brochure [30 pages, 27 MB]