Anima Youth For 19 Oct

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Anima PPT for youth rock tobacco at APACT conference, 19 Oct. 2007

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Anima Youth For 19 Oct

  1. 1. Youth in Policy Making and Advocacy <ul><li>Debra Efroymson </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Director, HealthBridge (Dhaka) </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Expert, Tobacco Control, the Union </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Youth (under 30): what can they contribute? <ul><li>Recipient of services: youth lectured at, taught, encouraged to join boring clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborator: youth design, implement programs to reach youth </li></ul><ul><li>Colleagues: organizations hire, train, supervise young people </li></ul>
  3. 3. Image vs. reality <ul><li>Image: youth only doing “trivial” youth-related work </li></ul><ul><li>Truth: in Asia and the world, young people are actively engaged in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>policy making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other high-level tobacco control work to reduce tobacco use </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Examples of youth work <ul><li>Advocating for strong law </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing workshops, advocacy campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Working with govt. on law enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Research on smoking in youth, litigation </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting smoke-free homes, smoke-free zones </li></ul><ul><li>Serving as media officer </li></ul>
  5. 5. Gaining media attention
  6. 6. Importance of involving youth <ul><li>Smoking rates among youth high </li></ul><ul><li>Most smokers begin as children </li></ul><ul><li>Most of Asian population under age 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Youth bring creativity, energy, fresh ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to train to fit into organizational approach </li></ul><ul><li>Youth can work successfully with youth </li></ul><ul><li>Future of our work </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our approach to youth <ul><li>Lacking in sufficient knowledge and experience to do any “real” work </li></ul><ul><li>vs. </li></ul><ul><li>Supported to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference </li></ul>
  8. 8. Practical steps <ul><li>Active efforts to recruit young people </li></ul><ul><li>Offer them interesting and valuable opportunities and responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor them so that their full potential can be realized </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lessons for youth <ul><li>Their contributions are valuable and valued </li></ul><ul><li>They can acquire the knowledge and experience to engage in policy-level work </li></ul><ul><li>Tobacco control can mean fulfilling and enjoyable work </li></ul>
  10. 10. Future directions to increase youth involvement and success of tobacco control… <ul><li>Active youth involvement/ownership in programs to reduce youth smoking </li></ul><ul><li>Designing interesting, challenging programs with youth & youth groups </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining professional positions with responsibility, creative freedom </li></ul>

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