Gender is normally understood by youth as a women’s issue and tends not to be interested solely in it. Young people are increasingly looking for learning about how to get a job; income-generating activities; entrepreneurship; among others.
It is challenging to get youngers’ attention and engagement, especially related to gender topics. In that sense, the use of role models plays an important role in the engagement of youth. These role models could be people from the same communities that, at a young age, achieved something important in relation to their business, academic, household, etc., and could be a source of inspiration for the new generations.
There are tools and stages from the GALS methodology that would need to be adjusted to the moment in life in which young people are. For example, the dynamics that are more related to couples, families, etc. (like the Gender Balance Tree, for example) are not much appreciated by young participants.
Young people don’t appreciate the classroom-like atmospheres. It is recommendable to organize the workshops in more relaxed environments such as beaches, sports fields, open spaces, etc.
High level of facilitation is required in order to make youngsters engaged and interested in the workshop or program. It helps to include innovative and interactive exchanges, games, plays, music, dance, group exercises, etc.
Girls tend to need special attention. They have any ambitions that can contribute to their development and the development of their communities. Mainly in rural areas, girls tend to be shy and have a hard time sharing their ideas; this is why facilitators need to have an active role encouraging them to participate and listening to what they have to say.
The use of role models plays an important role in the engagement of youth. These role models could be people from the same communities that, at a young age, achieved something important in relation to their business, academic, household, etc., and could be a source of inspiration for the new generations.
Young people appreciate the use of technological and digital tools for exchanging ideas as part of the training and workshop. This without leaving aside the physical meetings that give them the possibility too meet new people and interact with each other.