Newsletter / Special Edition N°7 / November 2009                                                           General Assembl...
YABC: What does it mean?   November 2009                                                                                  ...
Previous milestones   November 2009                                                                                       ...
YABC in its baby shoes   November 2009                                                                                    ...
Let’s get non-cognitive! 1st international gathering    November 2009                                                     ...
Developing the toolkit & preparing for Solferino   November 2009                                                          ...
Pilot-testing the draft YABC toolkit: Solferino    November 2009                                                          ...
Field-testing the draft YABC toolkit   November 2009                                                                      ...
YABC Testimonies   November 2009                 ...
YABC Plan & Budget for 2010-2011    November 2009                                                                         ...
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  1. 1. Newsletter / Special Edition N°7 / November 2009 General AssemblyContentsYABC: What does itmean?Page 2Previous MilestonesPage 3YABC in its baby shoesPage 4Let’s get non-cognitive!1st internationalgatheringPages 5Developing the toolkit &preparing for SolferinoPage 6Pilot-testing the draftYABC toolkit: SolferinoPage 7Field-testing the draftYABC toolkitPage 8YABC TestimoniesPage 9YABC Plan & Budget for2010-2011Page 10
  2. 2. YABC: What does it mean? November 2009 Principles and valuesAs an International Federation of Red Cross and Red United in Solferino to celebrate the 150thCrescent Societies, we are strongly committed to year of the Red Cross Red Crescent, ourpromoting a global culture of respect for diversity, non- youth expressed their active and formalviolence and social inclusion. Strategy 2020 clearly support for YABC and revoiced Mahatmaunderscores the RC/RC role to change mindsets, attitudes Ghandi’s wisdom to “be the change youand behaviour. want to see in the world.” Bekele Geleta, IFRC Secretary In 2008-2009, the P&V department developed a draft General, highlights: “it is toolkit for YABC, together with the Youth Commission often said that young people and a network of youth leaders from National Societies are the future of the world-wide. The draft toolkit’s contents are: International Red Cross and  Part 1. Behavioural skills: (i) active listening, (ii) Red Crescent Movement, but empathy, (iii) critical thinking, dropping bias and non- I feel that is only part of the judgement, (iv) non-violent communication andstory. Young people are the Movement’s driving force peaceful resolution of tensions, (v) mediation andhere and now, and are the world’s best hope for real and reconciliation, (vi) operating from inner peace andlasting behavioural change at the community level and harmony.beyond.”  Part 2. Thematic issues: (i) non-discrimination and respect for diversity (e.g. elderly, disabled, migrants, In the Declaration Together for Humanity, adopted at the PLHIV), (ii) promotion of a culture of non-violence and 30th International Conference peace, (iii) promotion of gender equality, (iv) social of the Red Cross and Red inclusion, (v) inter-cultural dialogue Crescent, 186 RC/RC National  Part 3. Artistic platforms for social mobilisation (to beSocieties, the IFRC, ICRC and all States Parties to the 1949 developed in 2010): (i) music, (ii) dance, (iii) theatre,Geneva Conventions, agreed on the key role youth have (iv) visual arts, (v) sports, (vi) play and the need to empower them to do so. The draft toolkit also furthers mainstreaming of “P&V”The Principles and Values (P&V) department in the topics into other RC/RC areas of work. As such, it coversGeneva Secretariat thus created a concrete initiative, discrimination and stigmatisation against PLHIV, migrants,which is actively supported by the Youth Commission and elderly; resisting peer pressure on substance and alcoholthe Organisational Development department, responding abuse; managing stress; enhancing resilience and self-to this firm call. empowerment.Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (YABC) is an The draft toolkit was pilot-tested in Solferino, June 2009initiative to empower youth to play a lead role in by 20 YABC youth leaders reaching 250 youth. Later intransforming mindsets, attitudes and behaviour in their 2009, multi-cultural teams of YABC peer educators furtherlocal communities. It starts from the premise that a prior field-tested the toolkit (e.g. Atlantis youth camp forcommitment to inner change and being the living Mediterranean National Societies, international youthexample of our Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian camp in Uganda, MENA gathering in Tunis).Values is the best way to reach this objective. Looking ahead…YABC uses innovative and artistic platforms and integrates In 2010-2011, YABC will pursue the following objectives:peer education and non-cognitive learning to promote 1. Field-testing of and finalising the draft YABC toolkitbehavioural change. As such, it uses games, role plays, 2. Broaden NS base using the toolkitvisualisation, drama, dance, art and movement for youth 3. Develop indicators measuring the impact of YABCto make the journey "from the heart to the mind" and 4. Obtain international, external recognition andengage in social mobilisation. expand partnerships.2 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  3. 3. Previous milestones November 2009 Principles and values March • Development of the YABC initiatives concept paper 2008 • Adoption of the YABC initiative by the Youth Comission (cf. page 4) April 2008 • International Youth Camp Atlantis IV, Serbia (cf. page 4) July 2008 Sept.- Oct. • Consultative Meetings of RC/RC National Societies and External Experts, Geneva (cf. page 4) 2008 • First International YABC Gathering, Bamako - Mali (cf. page 5) Dec. 2008 Dec.- • Collection of National Societies P&V non-cognitive materials March 2009 March • Technical meeting developing the draft YABC toolkit, Habkern - Switzerland (cf. page 6) 2009 • Update to the Youth Commission April 2009 • Training of Solferino peer educators, Barcelona - Spain (cf. page 6) May 2009 • Pilot-testing the draft YABC toolkit: 3rd World Youth Meeting "Youth on the Move", Solferino - Italy (cf. June - July page 7) 2009 • Field-testing the draft YABC toolkit (cf. page 8): • Humanitarian Principles and Values Program, Baabda - Lebanon (July) July - Oct. • International Youth Camp "Atlantis V", Medhia - Morocco (August) 2009 • International Youth Camp, Mukono - Uganda (August) • MENA Youth Regional Meeting "From Principles to Action", Tunis - Tunisia (October)3 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  4. 4. YABC in its baby shoes November 2009 Principles and values April 2008 September – October 2008 The Youth Commission adopts YABC Consultative meetings on the YABC toolkit (Geneva) (Geneva, IFRC Secretariat)The Youth Commission welcomed and included the YABC The week from 29 September to 3 October was aninitiative into its work plan. It emphasised that the important one for principles and values. TwoFundamental Principles must always be the basis for our consultations were held in Geneva on the content andaction. Two members of the Youth Commission were methodology for the skills-based toolkit to empowerappointed as active members of the YABC network. youth as agents of behavioural change. 24 – 31 July 2008 The YABC idea is tested in Atlantis IV (Serbia) National Societies consultative meeting, Geneva During the week, 18 National Societies from across the globe and the Centre for the Cooperation in the Mediterranean, met in Geneva. On 3 October, a nonThe Centre for Cooperation in the Mediterranean RC/RC expert meeting was organized to provide advice toorganised for the National Societies of the region the 4th the project, in particular in the area of non-cognitiveannual youth camp, “Atlantis”, which was hosted by the learning and techniques favouring inner change.Red Cross of Serbia. The Principles and Values departmenthad the privilege to conduct a non-cognitive workshop on  Outcome of the National Societies’ consultationsprinciples and values with 15 of its participants. This Participants exchanged best practices from their youthprovided a concrete opportunity to test ideas for the programmes and shared NS experiences. The group“youth as agents of behavioural change” toolkit. decided on the core content of the YABC toolkit and developed an action plan from October to Solferino, June « YABC is all inclusive. Actually, does 2009, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the RC/RC . age really matter? Who are youth? What is important for YABC is your  Outcome of the experts’ consultations mindset and inspiration. Do you The expert meeting highlighted the effectiveness of believe that your move can change techniques for inner change and operating from inner the world, and that together – united peace, such as breathing, relaxation, Qi Gong, movement from all over the world – we will make and music. it happen? If so, join YABC!” Consult Fednet for the project concept paper, pictureDr. Katrien Beeckman, Head P&V Department, Initiator of theYABC initiative gallery and action plan of the network: I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  5. 5. Let’s get non-cognitive! 1st international gathering November 2009 Principles and values 1 – 5 December 2008 1st International YABC Gathering (Bamako, Mali)This week was not only symbolically important with thecelebration of World Aids Day (1/12), the InternationalDay for Persons with Disabilities (3/12) and theInternational Day of Volunteering (5/12); it was asignificant time for YABC as well.The Principles and Values Department, alongside the MaliRed Cross and the West and Central Africa Zone of theIFRC, organised a youth gathering outside Bamako. Itspurpose was to conduct a micro-Solferino youthgathering, in preparation of the YABC peer educationworkshops at the 3rd Youth Meeting in Solferino in June2009. Key youth representatives of 21 National Societiesfrom across the globe explored: P&V thematic trainings held by National Society youth, addressing issues such as violence prevention, discrimination and stigmatisation against PLHIV, respect for diversity and a culture of peace. P&V behavioural skills training sessions focused on techniques to enhance empathy, improve active listening, non-judgment and dropping bias, build resilience, non-violent communication, mediation and consensus building. African cultural heritage (ACH). Participants created their own song, art project, dance and theatre play reflecting our fundamental principles and humanitarian values. In addition, 7 participants were trained on digital story telling techniques. Non-cognitive techniques: relaxation, breathing and Qi Gong. Dr. Abdourahmane Cisse, On the International Day for President of the Mali Red Cross Persons with Disabilities “Youth are the spearhead of our (December 3rd) the YABC National Societies. An initiative participants had the privilege that gives them an opportunity to to be entertained by 30 develop skills necessary to build a Malian youth living with society that addresses all kinds of disability. They offered us a exclusion and discrimination on spectacular and heart- the grounds of colour, origin, warming music, theatre and disability, or simply physical dance performance!aspect, is for me without any doubt an innovative project,carrying humanitarian values forward to all.”5 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  6. 6. Developing the toolkit & preparing for Solferino November 2009 Principles and values 23 – 31 March 2009 22 – 30 May 2009 Technical meeting with NS Youth Training of Solferino Peer Educators (Habkern- Switzerland) (Viladecans - Spain)YABC network members from 9 National Societiesparticipated in an 8 day working retreat in the Swiss Alpsto focus on the development of the YABC toolkit. Theseyouth, who came together braving snow and long hoursof work (not to mention cooking!), ensured that thetoolkit will truly be a work by and for National Societiesand culturally sensitive.Participants analyzed numerous non-cognitive materialsfrom 30 National Societies and used their experience todevelop new games, role plays, visualizations andactivities for the toolkit.For an inspiring web story see: This multi-cultural experience inspired a strong collective voice from the Red Cross Red Crescent youth leaders of 23 National Societies which took part from across the globe in this training. The event was organized by the Principles and Values department and the MENA zone and hosted by the Spanish Red Cross. The training aimed to get the YABC youth ready to conduct YABC peer education in the 3rd World Youth Meeting in Solferino. Participants themselves delivered almost half of the course. This allowed them to develop facilitation skills while familiarizing themselves with the draft YABC toolkit. “A critical self-questioning attitude and a commitment to continuous self-improvement are at the basis for becoming a YABC” Barcelona training participants’ evaluation6 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  7. 7. Pilot-testing the draft YABC toolkit: Solferino November 2009 Principles and values rd 23 – 27 June 2009 Youth as agents of behavioural 3 World Youth Meeting (Solferino, Italy) change reaches 250 new youth “It’s our time, it’s your time, I just want to introduce the YABCs, Youth as Most interesting YABC workshop elements according to Agents of Behavioural Change! We participants: are youth from 42 National Societies,  Peer education is fun! guided by the Federation’s Principles  Games, role-plays, music and art. and Values Department. We believe  “Heart to mind” and interactive methodology that in our world full of challenges,  Participant-centred experiential learning the move that we want to make as  Multi-cultural platform for youth to dialogueagents of behavioural change is to be the change we  Language diversity (English, French, Arabic, Spanish)want in our communities, by living our fundamentalprinciples, celebrating our diversities and touching thehearts.[…] The YABCs invite you to put our principles intoaction. Join the YABCs!”Dr. Amal Emam (Egyptian Red Crescent), introducing theofficial camp song created and performed by YABC: “In a world full of challenges, we the youth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent MovementAw bé de yé keléyé commit ourselves to:Respetamos la diversidad 1. Inner change and the development of skills toChange yourself and act, cos we are agents of change promote harmony and positive attitudes withinDon’t judge. Drop your bias. Give them advice communitiesNous sommes tous égaux, nous sommes les mêmes 2. Live our seven Fundamental Principles as agents of behavioural change in our communities ... We call on our National Societies to:  Enable youth to take a leadership role in positively changing behaviours and attitudes in our communities, using peer and non-formal education methods such as the IFRC’s “Youth as agents of behavioural change” initiative; Youth_declaration-EN-4PAGES-LR.pdf Analysis of the participants’ assessments 10/10 ≤ 5/10 13% 7% 6/10 Which workshops were conducted? 10% 9/10 Violence prevention & culture of peace 18% 7/10 Non-discrimination & respect for diversity 18% Inter-cultural dialogue Gender Operating from Inner Peace - Qi-Gong practice 8/10 Round table on sexual orientation & discrimination 34%7 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  8. 8. Field-testing the draft YABC toolkit November 2009 Principles and values 18 July 2009 Charlotte Tocchio, peer Humanitarian Principles and Values Program educator from the P&V (Baabda – Lebanon) Department: “Nothing has allowed me to learnThis gathering encompassed the field-testing of 4 materials from the as much than throughdraft YABC toolkit in order to guide youth volunteers of the Lebanese teaching and discussingRed Cross to organize P&V activities within their communities. Very with my peers”positive feedback both on the draft toolkit and future implementationof the initiative within the National Society was given. 2 - 9 August 2009 International Youth Camp Atlantis V (Mehdia, Morocco)4 YABC peer educators joined this CCM’s International Youth Camp tochallenge their peers’ mindsets, attitudes and behaviours - and werechallenged in return! 25 participants had the opportunity to experiencethe non-cognitive learning methodology used in the YABC initiative andcontributed to the YABC draft toolkit’s field-testing. 17 – 23 August 2009 International Youth Camp (Mukono, Uganda)2 YABC peer educators joined the International Youth Camp organisedby the Uganda Red Cross to raise their peers’ awareness on non-discrimination and respect for diversity, gender issues and socialinclusion, and equip them with important behavioural skills. 52participants of the camp enriched the lessons learned from the YABCdraft toolkit’s field-testing. Youth underscored the relevance and needto implement this powerful tool at all levels. 9 – 11 October 2009 MENA Youth Regional Meeting From Principles to Action (Tunis, Tunisia)4 YABC peer educators had the opportunity to stand up for their idealsand to field-test the draft toolkit in this meeting co-organised byARCCO and the IFRC Regional Delegation for North Africa. The 26participants discussed the concrete application of P&V topics in theirNational Societies’ programmes and their integration into their owndaily life. The fruitful exchanges during the encounter constitute agood basis for further strengthening solidarity within the region.8 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  9. 9. YABC Testimonies November 2009 Principles and values Noor Ogly, Syrian Arab Red Crescent: Ernest Nyame-Annan, Ghana Red Cross: “The amazing thing about the “I strongly believe the YABC initiative is Movement is that we all share the same the wheel for all humanitarian services: if principles. Look at us here in Barcelona, it’s well grounded in our activities, it will youth coming from 25 National Societies, breed a real volunteer spirit. I hope it will with different backgrounds and even go beyond the Movement. We need cultures…. We all share the same thing: to think BIG: Boldly, Inspiring and our 7 Principles. We are universality….” Generational. […] Our world will depend on what we do today. If we realize that there are so many Hannington Segirinya, Uganda Red things we need to change and we start today, the future will Cross Society: “Young people can make be brighter. It takes you and me to do it. Your head, your a difference if they come together as a heart, your hand. Join us to change the world!” think tank and act on their ideas. The first thing is to change themselves; then Lyn Garcia, Philippines Red Cross: “If we others look to them for inspiration and invest now in youth, the people who will will act.” lead the organization in the future will know how to run it and what is good for Moshe Ohayon Danenberg, Magen it. YABC needs to be part of all youth David Adom in Israel: "It is very leadership training.” important to stick to the humanitarian principles and values because in our Tamer Ahmad, Egyptian Red Crescent: region sometimes it is very difficult to “The YABC initiative changed a lot inside distinguish what you are doing - is it me: it helps me to feel the real meaning good or bad? When you use the of Humanity and inspires me to do all my principles and values you’ve got some best until we see the effect of our workkind of code you can use. *…+ I feel that if we educate our changes the world into a better world.”youth according to the principles and values, it wouldprobably influence the entire society, especially in armedconflict.” Frederike De Graaf, Netherlands Red Cross: “I think it’s quite human to have Abu Bakar Jalloh, Sierra Leone Red prejudices. YABC seeks to make people Cross, 2009 IFRC Youth Award Winner, aware of their own prejudices, give “The YABC initiative is a potential tool people the tools to realize them and turn for volunteer attraction and retention them into something positive so that they and for work towards meaningful can also spread the word to others.” sustainable development based on a culture of respect for diversity, non- violence and social inclusion.” Salimata Konan, Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire: "In the future I see youth in Toshe Kamilarovski, Red Cross of the charge, youth who are not afraid to see Former Yugoslav Republic of two people of the same sex holding Macedonia: "People are used to saying hands. I hope next time many more ‘This is man’s work; women should stay people participate and don’t hide their home doing the housework and men sexual choice. I support diversity." should bring home money’. Perhaps we cannot be equal physically because of different strengths but we can be equal Yacid Estrada, Colombian Red Cross,in our minds. […] The YABC initative is about freedom of life: member of the RC/RC+ network: “Youthit empowers people to live free, think, express and make need to learn through experience. Forconclusions by themselves." example, once you have met someone living with HIV, you will really understandFor the YABC statement to the UN Human Rights Council, the human side of it. […] It lowers thesee: stigma.”9 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------
  10. 10. YABC Plan & Budget for 2010-2011 November 2009 Principles and valuesField-testing of the draft YABC toolkit by Federation Secretariat field structures and RC/RC National SocietiesField-testing already planned: IFRC Mena zone (May), IFRC Asia-Pacific Youth Network Gathering (April), IFRC South EastAsia Regional Delegation youth camp (July), IFRC Northern Africa migration campaign; International Youth camporganised by the Swiss Red Cross (July); Sierra Leone Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, etc.Capacity-building on YABC of National Societies youth leaders and volunteers from world-wide to technicallysupport through peer education the field-testing of the draft YABC toolkit in their National Society, IFRC region or zone. In 2010 and 2011, an international YABC gathering and peer educators capacity-building will be organised in Mali for National Society youth leaders world-wide. Social mobilisation through art, music, dance, theatre, and sports will figure on the agenda. The RCRC+ network will take part and cover discrimination and stigma against PLHIV. In March 2011, the Mali gathering will also serve to profile the IFRC during the International Year of Volunteering (IYV), in close collaboration with the Organisational Development Department. In this context, youth leaders from the World Alliance of Youth (YMCA, YWCA, Scout Movement, International Award Association) will be invited to join the YABC gathering. The 2011 programme will also seek to include a focus on Youth Volunteering in Emergencies, as well as Community-Based First Aid in violent settings.The YABC toolkit is finalised, available online in 5 languages and officially launched during the 2011statutory meetings The draft YABC toolkit needs further development, which will include new contents, such as a peer education manual; short concept papers for all skills, a module on social mobilisation on humanitarian values through dance, sports, music and theatre. Two self-catering technical meetings of the Toolkit Steering Committee (National Society Youth), will be organised to integrate feedback from field-testing (2010)and finalise the toolkit (2011).Development of indicators measuring the impact of YABC, through a partnership with the Education forSustainable Development Values-based Indicators research project (EU, 5 Civil Society organisations, includingthe IFRC, 2 academic research institutions). Technical support to National Societies YABC projects, e.g. youthaward winners Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire Red Cross, will be provided.Obtain international, external recognition and expand partnerships, through statements in the World YouthAlliance, UN Human Rights Council, educational fora; etc. 2010 2011 OUTPUT ACTIVITIES AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES (CH.F.) (CH.F.)YABC TOOLKIT: FINALISATION, PRODUCTION, PROMOTION & LAUNCH 97 000 225 000Further development, finalisation & production of the draft YABC toolkit 62 000 115 000Technical Steering Committee meeting (5 days, 10 pax) 10 000 10 000Translation in 5 languages 50 000Official launch at the 31st International Conference: promotional materials 25 000 50 000INTERNATIONAL YABC GATHERING AND TRAINING (1 WEEK) 110 000 110 000Venue costs: travels (40), visas (35), accommodation (60) and transport 80 000 80 000Consultants 25 000 25 000Communication coverage 5 000 5 000Animation of YABC IT platforms (YahooGroup, Facebook…) 10 000 10 000External partnerships: 20 000 20 000TOTAL 237 000 365 000For more information, contact: Dr. Katrien Beeckman, Head, Principles & Values Department,, +41 22730 46 01 (tel), + 41 22 733 03 95 (fax)10 I Principles and values newsletter – Special edition YABC – Statutory meetings 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------