Youth Conference - 7th APCRSHR

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Youth Conference

PROGRAM

Background

Youth activities have always been a key thematic area of APCRSHR and are mainstreamed into the 7th APCRSHR. As young people in the region need to increasingly play active roles in polices and programs that are geared towards fulfilment of their reproductive health and rights, the 7th APCRSHR,establishes a youth committee to organize the youth programmes and the Youth Conference a day prior to the main conference.

With the joint efforts from the conference steering and organizing committees, the Youth Committee has planned a series of activities and programs that aim to connect young leaders across the region to work together throughout the conference. The Youth Day seminars and workshops, along with parallel panel meetings and discussions, will create distinct platform to facilitate experience learning and sharing among young people themselves, and also to established space for constructing genuine youth and adult partnerships with each other. The youth program will intensify the involvement of youth and will present a united voice to address sexual and reproductive health challenges and opportunities through the conference to the region

Youth Conference Participants

The 7th APCRSHR will be attended by around 250 delegations and youth leaders from the Asia Pacific Region.  The committee will make sure that the participants will present diverse culture, traditions and gender within the region.

Youth Committee Composition

Objectives


  • To systematically review the SRHR situation of the adolescents and youth in the Asia Pacific region in the past two decades including good practices within health systems, issues, and challenges beyond 2015;


  • To draw a platform of action beyond 2015 which would address the youth’s SRHR needs and challenges;


  • To ensure the youth’s active and meaningful involvement in the 7th APCRSHR through their participation in capacity-building workshops,discussion groups and other related activities; and


  • To create new youth coalitions and strengthen alliances that would continue to promote SRHR beyond the ICPD-POA and the MDGs.


THEME:
Examining achievements, good practices and challenges: Towards a strategic positioning of SRHR for all young people

Propose Activities

Section 1: Activities on the Youth Conference

1. Opening Ceremony

At the opening Ceremony of Regional Youth Conference
, the Youth Committee will invite the Chairperson of the conference to deliver a welcome speech to all youth delegates, the Chairperson of the Youth committee will introduce the objectives and agenda of the youth Forum, in which the main activities will be briefly introduce.

2. Capacity building workshop (include at least 3 CB introduced)

In the capacity building workshop, leading experts will be invited to give youth participants a brief introduction of MDG’s and ICP PoA, and current global agenda and achievements since 20 years after ICPD and 14 years MDG. In particular participants will be given the opportunity to discuss the specific youth- related global indicators.


3. Networking Activities

Networking activities will take place during the youth day activities and throughout the conference and youth related sessions/workshops. A lunch reception will be provided in the youth forum for youth leaders to know each other.

4. Youth Organization Promotion and experience Sharing

In this section, major youth-serving and ASHRH oriented organizations in the Asia and the Pacific region will be invited  to introduced their work and experience with other organizations and youth delegates. It is expected that the participants will provide

  • A brief Summary of the SRH issue facing young people in their country/ region;

  • Successful strategies used for improving SRH amongst young people and promoting the SRH rights of young people; and

  • Useful lessons learnt (including what did not work)


5. Youth Causes for the Development of key advocacy Messages for the Conference

For a better youth participants , the youth Committee believes that it is utmost important to develop a key youth advocacy message to conference. Through advocacy campaigns at the 7th APCRSHR, we can effectively sensitize policy makers, donor and government official to be accountable for their commitment at MDG and ICPD. The advocacy campaign could also help to enable positive dialogues between youth and adult delegates to work together towards youth friendly policies and improved ASRH programs.

The youth Committee Plans to hold 2 Youth Caucuses. The youth caucus will be a participatory approach that provides the venue for young people to discuss, deliberate and enhance the messages in the final statement. The caucuses will also be open top adult participants as a way to develop youth and adult partnership and encourage intergenerational encounter where both parties collaborate with each other. The first youth caucus will be presentation of the Conference draft ’ statement, were we get opinions from the delegates, review of previous conference’s statement and generate recommendations to enhance the document. The second caucus will be presentation of the Conference statement with the recommendations taking into consideration additional comments. A series of IC materials will be produced and distributed during the conference to make sure that all the participants will hear the voice form the Youth.

6. Cultural Exchange Night

We believe that culture exchange can promote better partnerships between young people themselves , especially in the context of diverse SRH practices across the Asia and the Pacific Region. A Cultural Exchange Night will provide such a platform that youth delegates could advance their understanding of the diversity of youth in the region. The cultural exchange Night will provide a direct and visual channel for all participants to learn different cultural backgrounds of participants and also learn to respect each other’s culture and customs. All the work and performance will be done by young people, but the culture night will be a big party open  for all participants.

Section II: Activities during the Main Conference

1. Youth Hub

This part will be organized during the main conference, which will provide an internet and café area. It is envisaged that young people can come and received accurate and up- to date information and resources on SRH issues relevant to them in their work and personal lives in a youthful friendly space. It will contribute to the recognition of the importance of youth participation in the field of SRH rights.

Besides the youth hub, youth organization booths will be ser for promoting the main work and concept of youth organizations in the region.  These booths will be open for applying and free of charge.  It will be a good platform to share their experience, and also a chance for youth organizations to communicate with potential donors and adults for resource mobilization.

2. Commitment Exchange Board

The youth Committee will organize  a Commitment Exchange Board where will ask participants to make a commitment to promoting SRH rights for young people in their own country . young participants may make a commitment to volunteer more time with a youth organizations and adult participants (including government Officials, community leaders, policy makers, donors (may commit various resources and support youth participation principles.

It is also expected that both youth and adults will make commitments together and the exercise will encourage participants to put their commitments into practice after the conference.

3. Youth Mentoring Programme

This program aims to improve friendship, guidance and support to youth delegates enabling them to participate meaningfully throughout the conference. This will also encourage yputj ans adult partnership, transfer skills and appreciates working together towards meaningful youth participation at the conference. Youth participations will be group by 5-7  and will have 1 youth and 1 adult mentor. They can exchange experiences, help each other to be able to carry out goals and messages throughout the conference. They will meet with their mentors at least 10-15 minutes a day to discuss issue, challenges, progress and support they needed. The conference will provide with local SIM Card to communicate with the mentors and co- mentees while in the Philippines.

4. Public Blog, Facebook Page, Youtube Channel and Live Twittering.

As young people desire to make a change, more young people, especially those that could not attend the conference in person, interested to access the conference activities. The committee will establish a Youth Conference Blog, Twitter and Facebook Pages and upload videos of Conference sessions on Youtube. These are popular and widely accepted ways to share everything to everyone freely.  The youth committee will ensure that everyone can post their comments, feelings. Lesson learned and experiences of the conference in the public blog and Facebook page, which will increase communications amongst youth, organizations and adults.

5. The Youth Village

The Youth Village is an open space for networking and dialogues among the youth and other delegates.  There will be a stage for live performance , music, dance, fashion shows and theatre arts.  There will be scheduled shows and other socio-cultural activities addressing reproductive and sexual health and rights issues.  There will be meeting hubs,  and art exhibits.

SECTION III: Feedbacks and Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted during and after the youth day activities. Both quantity of participants and quality of programs will be evaluated by a subgroup of the Youth Committee.  Feedback from participant of youth programs will be documented by digital videos and photo records. The whole program will be under the guidance of Steering and Organizing Committee, and a full report by the Youth Committee will be produced after the Conference.  

 
 
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