This is a guide for young people about how you can take action to try to make things happen. "It's about working with other children and young people to try to make things better for you and other people."
"I like the fact that we're actually changing things."
Setting up
Setting up
Link up with other children and young people
Link up with other children and young people

Link up with other children and young people

The first step is to get people to join your group: you could ask the people in your neighbourhood or in your classroom are they interested in joining and together you could share your ideas. Go door to door to tell people from your community about your plans;  advise each other and try to get […]

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Organise Group Work
Organise Group Work

Organise Group Work

Create a group with a mix of children or young people. Work in a small group to increase your confidence. Have discussions, play games to get to know each other, do creative work and meet other young people!  Try to make things happen, rather than changing things. Let young people lead the group, they can […]

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Think of something you want to make happen
Think of something you want to make happen

Think of something you want to make happen

Think of something you want to change and involve people who have the same idea. Everybody dreams of something – a profession, a trip, about their family, their home, a personal cause or their own business. Sometimes people dream about knowing more. If your dream is about changing things in your community / locality you […]

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Get support from adults and the community
Get support from adults and the community

Get support from adults and the community

You can get support from your facilitators, from trusted friends. Go to the adults and present your project idea and listen to their advice. Ask for support from the whole family, other young people, the neighbourhood, youth workers, headmasters and teachers. Present clear aims and show how we want to achieve them. Show them the […]

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Gather Information
Gather Information

Gather Information

If you are not sure what you want to achieve, interview other young people or adult community members to understand their views about where they live. You could set up a Facebook page to upload photos of local community and suggest ideas for change. Be open to learning from other people. Visit places or talk […]

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Support each other
Support each other

Support each other

Work in a group helping, supporting and caring about each other. Respect different views and accept each other. If you don’t understand each other, you cannot walk in the same path. Listen to what people want and stick at it. Introduce yourself to people you don’t know in the group and get to know people […]

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