Road to Rights Training for Young People – Using Rights for Change

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Roads to Rights Launch - March 2012During the summer of 2011, 10 young people from Belfast, North Down and Carrickfergus, participated in a youth peer advocacy training programme called “Road to Rights”. This programme was designed and delivered by CLC, with funding support from the Community Foundation NI and Lloyds TSB Foundation NI. Training included contributions from NICCY, the National Children's Bureau NI, Headliners and the NI Youth Forum.

The training enabled young people to link children's rights to the identification of local issues which impact negatively on their lives. Each group chose one issue of particular concern to their community and planned a children's rights campaign with a view to bringing about positive change in their local area. With support from local youth workers, the young people used the Road to Rights Campaign Toolkit, designed by CLC, to support young peer advocates in achieving their campaign goals.

The five youth-led children's rights campaigns aimed to remind Government of their duty under the UNCRC to ensure that...

  • Children are not discriminated against - Article 2
  • All decisions affecting the lives of children are taken in their best interests - Article 3
  • All children can develop to their maximum potential - Article 6
  • All children can participate in a meaningful way in all aspects of their lives - Article 12

Click here for more info about the five youth-led campaigns 

 

Click the image below to view our Roads to Rights posterCLC's Road to Rights Campaign Toolkit

Seven steps to achieving change for children and young people...

1 Where to Start?
    Form a Group of Young People who Share Similar Concerns
    Discuss issues that affect other young people in the community
    Pick one thing you would most like to change

2 What Do We Want?
    Set realistic goals and timeframe
    Identify changes you would like to see happen
    Write a ‘manifesto’ to set out your goals and to say what needs to be done and how you will do it

3 Knowledge is Power
    Know your message
    Research the issues to support your argument
    Prepare for challenge
    Phone Chalky for Information and Advice

4 What Help do we need?
    Work with other young people and adults who share your vision for change
    Get politicians to listen and support you
    Identify the need for funding and how you will get it

5 Shout Out
    Choose your campaign tactics e.g:
    Run a ‘Rights in Action’ Project and take it to Stormont
    Tweet Councillors and MLAs
    Make a video and put it on youtube
    Organise a petition
    Write a story for your local paper
    Start a Facebook campaign

6 We Got There
    Write a press release
    Tell local radio, TV and papers about your success
    Tweet your achievements

7 What have we Acheived?
    List your successes
    Identify what you have achieved and what still needs to happen

    

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