Advocacy and Networking

Advocacy and Networking Program

Specific Objective: The Youth Council of Cambodia (YCC) will foster greater participation by youth in the democratic process and press elected officials to address issues of concern to Cambodia’s youth.

The main activities focus on: 

1. Youth Networks Capacity Building: Youth Council of Cambodia has been recruiting active Advanced Democracy Seminar participants to get involved in YCC youth networks. YCC has structured its youth networks on commune based to activate them to take on greater participation in addressing the local youth concerns and improving good governance practices in their respective communes. Having been trained under ADS program, youth networks have been participating in various local events, such as submitting petitions letters on certain local youth issues to elected officials (commune councilors) and local authorities, participating in commune council monthly public meetings, as well as in other events initiated by local institutions.  In any cases that the important legislation or government decisions impacting youth and democracy in Cambodia are being debated, YCC will mobilize youth activists, cultivated through its trainings and membership networks, to get involved with such a debate. YCC uses grassroots lobbying techniques, including letter writing campaigns and face to face meetings to communicate with relevant stakeholders. To make its youth network members performing their roles and responsibilities in more effective ways, YCC organizes three different workshops for each target province to build capacity of its youth network members. Through these workshops, youth network members will be able to get new working knowledge, experience, practical skills, and information related to their roles and responsibilities from distinguished guest speakers and trainers.

2. Matching Grant: Is a fund for youth who actively participate in community service. This project aims at encouraging youth to better understand their roles and responsibilities in community development activities, such as: democracy, good governance, respect of human rights, people’s participation through implementation of youth initiated projects funded by Matching Grant. Five young people (project team leaders) aged from 18 to 25 can request budget from YCC through this Matching Grant to develop their community. For each project, Matching Grant can provide on 50%, or $50, of the total expenditure.

3. Marching: Is a new initiative aimed at engaging the YCC youth network to raise public awareness on certain issues. The march will be simultaneously organized on International Human Rights Day and International Youth Day. Each march will include at least 50 young people walking for a few kilometers in their communities to raise awareness. After reaching their destination, the marchers will have lunch (prepared on their own) and interact in debate or group discussion to share information, fun and knowledge.