Can we feature you?
Has your youth leadership program demonstrated positive outcomes for youth, organizations, and communities?
Do you have 30 minutes?
If you do, the information that you share will help USAID to identify promising youth leadership models and approaches. For the purpose of our search, we define youth leadership programs as those in which, “young people gain necessary skills and knowledge, and have (or are provided) the opportunities to apply these skills to lead activities in their respective communities.”
Is your program a good fit?
If you answer ‘YES!’ to 2 or more of the following questions, please complete the survey to tell us about your program!
- Do you do more than just “train” youth to be leaders?
- Do you develop the leadership skills and knowledge of youth aged 1029 years, AND provide opportunities for youth to apply their leadership skills?
- Do you focus on health programs for youth?
- Do you aim to have better health outcomes for youth through leadership?
What is this survey about anyway?
In October 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Youth in Development Policy the first of its kind at USAID. The Policy recognizes youth leadership as one of the many critical pathways for improved health and development outcomes for youth.
We, at the USAIDfunded Leadership, Management & Governance (LMG) Project, in collaboration with USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, are looking for youth leadership programs, models, and strategies from around the world that have demonstrated positive outcomes for youth, organizations, and communities, and contribute to health service delivery improvements. Based on selection by USAID technical experts and youth network representatives, the LMG Project will follow up with five youth leadership programs to learn more about their approach. A metaanalysis of all the youth leadership programs will be used to develop practicebased recommendations for program models, as well as proposed metrics for assessing the effectiveness of youth leadership models. The metadata and the five indepth case studies will be featured prominently in a final publication, and the top five youth leadership programs will be highlighted on USAID’s Global Health Impact blog. We hope to present the findings of this survey and commend the successful models at several international conferences. We will celebrate (and crosspromote through print and social media) the youth, organizations, and networks at these conferences.
We hope that you will join us in our search for programs that show that youth leadership programs and initiatives, when supported and nurtured, hold great potential and are a worthwhile investment. Youth are our future leaders and will spearhead global efforts to improve health, education, economic development, and other outcomes. If you would like to learn more about our work on youth leadership, please consider joining our Community of Practice!