CrowdOutAIDS Open Forum “discussion guide” v 1.0
Theme 1: Youth engagement and leadership
The first topic for discussion is focused around what youth engagement and youth leadership is, and some of the challenges and opportunities that young people have in our community to get involved.
1.1 What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear organizations,government bodies and the UN talking about youth leadership and engagement?
If only negative perspectives If only positive perspectives
Can you think of anything that has workedwell?Can you think of something that has notworked so well?
1.2 In your country can you think of current examples where youth perspectiveshave been well-represented?
If No If Yes
What reasons can you think of to explain this? For example in community organizations,government, health care organizations, and/orUN agencies?What role did young people play?What was particularly good about the wayyouth perspectives were represented?
1.3 What are some of the common mistakes that are made when organizationsor governments work with young people?
Can you share some specific examples?
Any issues between youth and non-youth when working together?
1.4 What challenges do you see in our community for young people to beleaders of social change?
Is there a challenge in lack of experience among young people?
Do you have access to and information about where decisions are made in yourcommunity?
Are there any social norms that act as barriers (gender, religion, etc.)
1.5 Alright imagine for a moment that Ban ki-moon (UN Secretary-General) walksinto this room and he tells you that he has a big meeting in five minutes andneeds you to come up with some key principles that should be respected whenthe UN/Governments/non-governmental organization work with young people.What do we tell him?