Resources from Partners

Children and young people are driving meaningful change and improving their communities everywhere you look. Engaging youth in programmes and policy change efforts is a valued component of organisations worldwide. Find out more on strategies for youth participation and activation below:

  • A child is a child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation: this report shows how the lack of safe and legal pathways for refugee and migrant children feeds a booming market for human smuggling and puts them at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. It sets out ways that governments can better protect these vulnerable children.
  • A toolkit for monitoring and evaluating children’s participation: a six-part guide on how to monitor and evaluate children’s participation in programmes, communities and in wider society.
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child: a fundamental document recognising the innate human rights of children worldwide and proclaiming that each child should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that they can develop in a safe environment and fully assume their responsibilities within the community.
  • Leadership Handbook: is made of four learning blocks, which together make the youth leadership capacity building structure. These four blocks are: why this handbook; introduction to youth work; me, the leader; and leadership in practice.
  • Participatory evaluation with young people: this workbook is for young people who want to develop knowledge for action and change, whether through programme evaluation, community assessment, policy analysis, or other studies. It is based on the belief that people have a right to participate in the institutions and decisions that affect their lives, and that evaluation is a vehicle for participation.
  • UNESCO operational strategy on youth 2014-2021: strategy introducing a framework on improving investment in research, policies and programmes to create an enabling and rights-based environment where youth prosper, exercise rights, regain hope and a sense of community, and engage as responsible social actors and innovators.
  • Unleashing the power of youth to change our world: Restless Development puts youth at the heart of development with their new 2030 framework. This strategy is not about harnessing the power of youth to do what others think is best. It’s about unleashing youth leadership as an agent of change in its own right.
  • Youth Adult Engagement Readiness Assessment: self-assessment is an important step when trying to engage young people in an organisation. It ensures the experience is meaningful for the youth as well as for the programme. Youth’s level of involvement may vary based on the capacity of staff to spend time and resources on involving youth, the purpose of involving youth, and support within the organisation for involving youth. Organisational infrastructure and support for involving youth are key concerns for sustainability of youth involvement.