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  1. 1. YABC Youth as agents of behavioural change Contacts at IFRC Dr. Katrien Beeckman Head, Principles and Values department Founder of the YABC initiative E-mail: katrien.beeckman@ifrc. org Phone: +41 22 730 4601 Charlotte Tocchio YABC Officer and trainer Principles and Values department E-mail: charlotte.tocchio@ifrc. org Phone: +41 22 730 4657 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a vol- unteer-based organization with a membership of 186 Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies world-wide, whose mission is to alleviate human suffering. The promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace (CNV+P) is since 2010, one of our three priority areas of work (Strategy 2020). The IFRC believes that youth are a powerful source of change, whose energy and skills need to be harnessed when pursuing lasting social change leading to a culture of non- violence and peace. The youth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement strongly commit themselves to inner change and the development of skills to promote harmony and positive attitudes within communities. Envisioning the call of youth to their National Societies and governments, the Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (YABC) intiative, created in 2008, is a global IFRC flagship program on the promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace. It aims to empower youth to take up a leadership role in inspiring a positive transfor- mation of mindsets, attitudes and behaviours within themselves and their community through non-formal skills-based and values-based peer education.www.ifrc.orgSaving lives, changing minds
  2. 2. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesYouth as agents of behavioural change / “The YABC approach is a complete mindset for The YABC educational leading your life. Without this initiative, it would approach have taken me a life time It is rooted in a non-cognitive and participant-centred experiential learn- to change myself.” ing methodology. (Youth voices) Through games, simulation and visualisation exercises, role-plays, arts, etc., youth are therefore given the opportunity to make a journey “from their heart to their mind”. What does YABC focus on? Interpersonal life skills to promote a CNV+P n Empathy n Active listening n Critical thinking, non-judgement and dropping bias n Non-violent communication and peaceful resolution of tensions n Mediation and reconciliation n Operating from inner peace Awareness-raising, further understanding personal reflection on the- matic issues essential to build a CNV+P n The seven Fundamental Principles and their underpinning Humanitarian Values n Non-discrimination and respect for diversity (migrants, PLHIV, elderly, disabled, etc.) n Intercultural dialogue n Social inclusion n Violence prevention, mitigation and response n Gender equality Artistic platforms to raise awareness on and engage in building a CNV+P within the community n Music n Theatre n Dance n Visual arts (drawing, video, sculpture, etc.) n Sports and movement (Qi-Gong, breathing and relaxation techniques, yoga, etc.)
  3. 3. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesYouth as agents of behavioural change / Youth voices after a training of YABC The YABC toolkit peer educators: “Thanks to the YABC package today It has been developed by RCRC youth and is based on or inspired from experience, I opened existing materials. It contains: my eyes on the cultural and societal norms that n 20 concept papers and 75 interactive activities on the seven RCRC influence each one of Fundamental Principles and the underpinning Humanitarian Values, us, and I understood as well as the interpersonal life skills and thematic issues previ- the mechanisms of ously mentioned discrimination, violence and exclusion. It gave n 6 presentations on social mobilisation and the artistic platforms pre- me a lesson of humanity, viously mentioned peace, and love for my n 1 manual for peer educators fellow human beings that will last a lifetime.” n Guidelines on the community engagement activity cycle “YABC does not just The YABC toolkit package will be available online, after its official open our minds; it also launch at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red develops our ability to Crescent Movement. challenge our assumptions, change our perspective and think in a different way which results for The YABC network so far instance in finding potential n 1 500 sensitized or initiated youth (staff and volunteers) from 140 solutions to violence.” RCRC National Societies worldwide n 250 peer educators from 60 RCRC National Societies n 11 trainers of peer educators What kind of impact has YABC produced to date? “YABC guides youth in a true and very rich self- At the individual level reflection, enabling them As witnessed by participants in YABC to learn about themselves. n Engagement in a life-long process of learning It unlocks their talents and strenghtens their n Self-questioning and inner change skills and beliefs that they can do something useful n Deepened self-confidence for their community.” n Strengthened ethical leadership skills (teamwork and cooperation, open- Aurelia Balpe – Head, IFRC mindedness and mutual understanding, trust, humility and integrity) Pacific delegation n Enhanced self-resilience (management of stress, pressure, tiredness and emotions)
  4. 4. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesYouth as agents of behavioural change / Youth as agents of behavioural change At the community level As integrated/implemented by youth of the YABC network “YABC is a need and an experience that leads us n Sustainable development and vocational training for vulnerable to take a critical look at youth (Sierra Leone) oursleves. If this initiative would be implemented n Regional campaign and micro-projects on migration issues (North everywhere in the world, Africa: Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia) the day to see a culture of n Service delivery during the civil unrests (Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia) non-violence and peace on earth is not far.” n Psychosocial support (Pakistan, Sri Lanka) Youth voice n Junior and youth clubs and centers in schools, colleges, universities “In the past, I had violently and communities (Ghana, France, Lebanon, Macedonia, Switzerland) bushed and forced a friend of mine who is gay to ‘act n Leadership courses (Denmark, Philippines) like a man’. YABC radically n Disaster management (Egypt, Pakistan) changed my vision and made me realize how n First aid (Egypt, France, Pakistan) much I regret it now.” Youth voice “I was the kind of person who discriminated some Official recognition and people like those living with HIV. The YABC experience outreach of YABC totally changed me as well Within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement: General Assembly as my mindset, attitude and decision, IFRC Youth Commission work plan and reports, Youth behaviour towards others.” Declaration presented to the International Community, Red Cross Red Youth voice Crescent regional commitments and declarations (Amman, Dubrovnik, Johannesburg, etc.) External: UN Human Rights Council statements (2009-2011): weblink, Redtalk (7th July 2011), UN High-Level Meeting on Youth (side event, NY, July 2011), Word Peace Festival (workshop, Berlin, August 2011), CNV+P YABC Summit for Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean where delegates from external youth or CNV+P organizations are invited (training, Italy, September 2011). You want to contribute… How can you help? n Funding the translation of the YABC toolkit package into Arabic, Russian or Spanish n Funding YABC initiation workshops or trainings of peer educators n Funding YABC micro-projects furthering a culture of non-violence and peace within the community n Funding travels of YABC coordinators or Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies’ peer educators to build capacity of other youth