Youth Participation in Good Governance Democracy Reform Program
How this project creates change:
- The project is aimed to engage the youth in Phnom Penh to participate in democratic reform, which demands government to be more responsive and accountable for their actions. YCC believes that educating women and youth to become more valuable and active members in the society will help achieve this goal. Thus, YCC has outlined its core strategies:
- Strengthen the skillsets of youth through training series on Advanced Democracy Seminar (ADS), Citizens Journalism, Advocacy Skill and Public Speaking
- Corporate with youth networks to facilitate the democracy reform process and address youth’s concerns through a variety of ways including quarterly youth network meetings, public forums, and dialogue, etc.
- Work with the authority, NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies, Development Partners and private sectors to enforce the effective implementation of national youth policy and employment policy
- Increase community advocacy by maximizing social media networks such as Facebook Page
Target, number and location of project beneficiaries:
- The project beneficiaries spread out in 5 different districts specified above in the implementation area. There are 8 target groups that will benefit from the project: 900 youth network members who will receive ADS training, 240 youth network members who will receive Citizen Journalism training, 240 youth network members who will receive Advocacy Skill training, 240 youth network members who will receive public speaking training, 792,926 general youngsters in Phnom Penh city whose concerns will be voiced out through youth network members, 500 general youth who will attend the commune development plans, 2,000 households whose issues will be addressed, 10 Sangkats that will improve public service delivery.
Description project activities:
- At the beginning of the project, YCC will organize a project launching workshop to inform the relevant government officials, NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies, Development Partners and private sectors about YCC project implementation and to seek partnership opportunities.
- YCC will work closely with the local authorities, directors of high schools and rectors of universities to promote the project implementation and select the 900 youth networks (40% women) as project beneficiaries to attend the project.
- YCC will develop and implement different training programs to develop skillsets of youth. Specifically, these trainings are:
- 20 ADS trainings with 900 participants from high schools, universities, and communities in 5 Khans
- 12 Citizen Journalism trainings with 240 participants (40% women)
- 12 Advocacy Skill trainings with 240 participants (40% women)
- 12 Public Speaking trainings with 240 participants (40% women)
- YCC Youth Networks will meet quarterly to coordinate projects within their community to build relationships and encourage cooperation
- YCC will organize 7 dialogue meetings with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, and the National Assembly to re-enforce the current national youth policy and employment policy.
- YCC will organize 6 public forums of 300 participants to enable youth to bring their issues for discussion.
Projects expected outcomes:
- The project overall will enable youth to develop their leadership and other soft skills and gain additional knowledge, which in turn will encourage them to advocate for themselves on the national scale. Besides, with improved skill sets, youth will better facilitate any engagements they may propose in their communities. Moreover, this project will serve as a milestone project amongst relative NGOs and stakeholder, encouraging similar projects in other locations. Lastly, the project will serve as a significant pillar of YCC to build its credibility and further promote YCC for other projects in the future.
- To empower youth to foster greater participation in the democracy reform process through training on Advanced Democracy Seminar, Citizen Journalism, Advocacy Skill and Public Speaking.
- To press the relevant government officials to address concerns of Phnom Penh youth and be more accountable and responsive to their action.