A toolkit for youth advocates, designed by youth advocates. Any young person with a desire and drive to create change can become an advocate. This toolkit focuses specifically on helping you to improve the nutrition of adolescents and youth in your community, but the approach can be applied to other issues too.
To help you on your way, this Toolkit includes:
- Advocacy planning booklet
- Briefs on nutrition issues
- Briefs on issues that impact nutrition
- Templates and forms
- Additional resources
Today there are over 1.2 billion adolescents (aged 10-19) in the world. Nearly a quarter of the people in Sub-Saharan Africa are aged 10 to 19.
The health and nutrition of adolescents are becoming global priorities, and your participation is so important. You have the best understanding of young people’s needs, how to address them, and how to get them involved. Because of this, your voice can be an incredibly powerful force for bringing about the changes you want to see.
With this in mind, this toolkit was created through a participatory and collaborative process with Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Youth Leaders for Nutrition, supported by Save the Children, GAIN, and Anthrologica.
What is advocacy?
Advocacy is a set of organised activities designed to influence the policies and actions of others to achieve positive changes, based on the experience and knowledge of working directly with communities.
Although activities like fundraising and conducting surveys can support an advocacy campaign, they are not in themselves considered advocacy.
What is in this toolkit?
- Step-by-step guide: This toolkit will help you design, develop, and implement an advocacy strategy for improving adolescent nutrition. It will take you through identifying your issue, planning your campaign, delivering your messages, assessing your progress and reporting back to your community. But remember, advocacy is an ongoing effort. It is not a straight road but a ‘cycle,’ which may often mean going back to a previous step to adjust your plan.
- Nutrition Briefs: This toolkit also contains a series of short briefs with important facts about adolescent nutrition and how nutrition connects to other issues affecting young people. There is also a map showing the links among those issues and their connection to adolescent nutrition. The links with other issues are key to understanding the nutrition issues and the ways you might address them.
- Tools and templates: The toolkit also includes a glossary of key terms, additional resources and templates to help you as you develop your campaign.