The Young Leaders Council are a group of 10 fascinated young minds, channeling their passion for equality and social justice through a campaign’s journey, growing their campaign and leadership skills. Meeting once-a-month the Young Leaders Council will choose a specific campaign to focus on, completing tasks around advocacy and awareness raising, and finally driving ACTION for change. They will engage in team activities, open discussions, explore ideas, and use their creative thinking and critical analysis to come up with solutions to some of the worlds biggest problems.
Session 1 - Introductory Session: They came up with their team values and objectives, learnt about International Development and how Restless Development helps young people around the world, and discussed the importance of education.
After hearing Sonali’s story, the takeaway from the group was ‘no matter where you are in the world, you are never too young or too few to make a difference’
For their homework they each wrote a pitch about Restless Development, as if they were speaking to a friend - learning how to adapt messaging for different audiences. They also researched a campaign that inspired them.
Session 2 - Campaign Introduction: The Young Leaders Council discussed what a campaign is, and why it’s important to drive change. They then shared their homework on a campaign they found inspiring, assigned it to a thematic area and then to an SDG. After that they voted on the SDG they want to focus their campaign around...
The campaign they are working on will be SDG4: Education!
Their homework is to come up with three interesting facts around issues on global or local education.
Session 3 - Defining the campaign: Split into two breakout rooms, they shared their homework on issues they see in global eduaction. They were then asked, 'what are the biggest issues you see in education in your local area'. Both groups brainstormed ideas and then clustered them together into themes. They came back together and voted on which theme they feel most passionate about and inturn, what they would like their campagin to be about.
The Young Leaders Council's choose reducing food and plastic waste in schools for their campaign.
In next month's session (4th May) the Young Leaders Council will look at what specific changes can be made to reduce food and plastic waste in their own school community. This will be their campagin ask.
We will keep you updated every month on their campaign's journey.
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