MYP Position Paper
CHOICE’s work on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and meaningful youth participation (MYP) is based on our core assumption that meaningful youth participation in SRHR decision-making, organizations and in all phases of programs and policies at all geographical levels, can empower young people and improve their SRHR reality. The idea that MYP is beneficial for young people’s SRHR around the world is, however, not the only reason we think MYP is important. At CHOICE, we believe that MYP in itself is a human right across all areas (and not just SRHR). This paper serves to outline the CHOICE vision on MYP. It contains CHOICE’s definition of MYP, why we think MYP is important, what CHOICE does to support MYP, and, last but not least, what YOU can do to improve MYP at your organization or in your work.
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Flower of participation
Young people have the fundamental right to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes when it comes to programs or policies that affect their lives. Meaningful participation should take place in all stages of decision-making: during development, implementation and evaluation. No matter if the program/policy is big or small, young people should be included.
Young people not only have the right to participate, there’s also an advantage of their involvement: if the voice of young people is heard, programs and policies can become more effective and can be adapted to the actual needs of young people. Most programs that are developed for young people are not developed by young people. This limits the effectiveness of the program.
To help solve this issue CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality has developed the Flower of Participation! The Flower of Participation is a tool that uses the metaphor of a blooming flower to describe the different forms of youth participation and how it can grow and flourish in meaningful ways.
Want to learn how to use the flower and to integrate Meaningful Youth Participation (MYP) into your organization & program? Download the narrative of the flower of participation.
How to work with a Theory of Change
In recent years, more and more organizations, donors, and other actors in the development world have started working with a Theory of Change (ToC). However, while working with a ToC definitely has its advantages, it can also be very confusing – particularly the first time you’re working with a ToC. Therefore, we have developed this guide to help you to understand and work with a ToC.
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Youth-led organizations and SRHR
The Youth Guide is a resource for young people interested in developing sustainable organizational structures. The overall theme is: "Youth-led organizations and SRHR: a step by step guide to creating sustainable youth-led organizations working on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights".
The Youth Guide draws on the experiences of two independent youth-led SRHR organizations, CHOICE and the Youth Coalition, and provides a flexible blueprint for creating youth-led organizations.
The Guide covers:
- Strategic planning
- Governance structures
- Making an impact with organizational activities
- Decision-making models
- Best practices
- Lessons learned
The Youth Guide has been developed with youth SRHR organizations in mind, but is a useful tool for anyone interested in developing sustainable organizations, including individuals, youth groups and networks.
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ESSENTIAL PACKAGES MANUAL: SRHR PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The Essential Packages Manual is a comprehensive guide for succesful SRHR programs for young people. It is a starting point for managers, program officers, monitoring and evaluation staff and others to critically review their programs against proven standards of good practice, to identify gaps and areas where they could improve to better serve young people, and to learn more about a holistic approach to programming that places young people at the center. This manual is published as part of the Get Up Speak Out program which CHOICE is part of.
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Youth leadership: recommendations for sustainability
This document provides insights into the unique challenges that youth-led organizations face, followed by concrete recommendations on how all relevant stakeholders can best support and facilitate youth leadership.
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