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Youth First Academy Project

Youth first academy is a project implemented by AFCD Foundation and rebuild youth school from Denmark with the aim the give youth in Alhaouz province the needed and the vibrant skills to be active in their societies and bring about positive change to their communities.

Youth First Academy gives youth from the primary target group a possibility to make an impact on their local community. It also focuses on improving the conditions for youth who are not already active in their community or is likely to be.

It therefore contributes to empower a group of youth who is often neglected and does not have the same access to be an active part of the community. The secondary target group is forging and improving their already acquired skills which they can use in their future education and work.

And the Alumna is the stage, we believe, where Youth First participants have the possibility, and skills to raise the voice about the importance of youth empowerment to change the structures in the society.

01. Project Strategy

The youth activities find expression in the workshops, mentoring and making the youth projects. AFCD is getting new organizational capacity by being in a coordinating role with 5 new associations.

These latter are getting capacity building as well by working on youth empowerment, recruiting etc. Therefore, there are capacity building in two mutual levels for the partner associations. AFCD is getting a new role by being a coordinator and it needs to succeed with Youth First through the 5 new associations.

AFCD is thereafter a mentoring project for the 5 other associations. The five new associations are enhancing capacity building by working explicitly with youth involvement, which is quite new for some of them, and therefore Youth First is a new branch in their associations.

The alumina has – as mentioned above – a great potential for advocating for youth empowerment and the voice of the youth. At the same time, it is a place for maintaining the youth’s interest in superior involvement within their local society and networking with other youth who have the same interest and experience. Hopefully they can use this network for projects which will be beneficial for the local life generally, and for youth specifically.

There will be a focus on gender equality. Women empowerment is an issue that most organizations deal with worldwide; AFCD is no exception, thus we work tremendously to involve women in our projects and encourage them to be active within their communities and be models for everyone, their children in particular.

Women have proved to be highly effective, arduous, and dependable when it comes to the development. Their education is a great concern for AFCD, as you may have known “you educate a man, you educate a man; you educate a woman, you educate a generation”. So, it’s time to create better opportunities for women. Lately, the AFCD conducted an extensive training in gender-based violence as well as a training for women in e-commerce and social media ads.

02. Project Objectives

Youth First Academy aims to empower young people to be an active part of their community by getting skills to initiate projects, events, and activities, who have a positive impact on local society as well as the individual youth participating.

  • To give 150 youth participants aged 15 to 25 years old the skills to engage in civil society projects (5 Youth First projects with 30 participants in each).

  • To give 25-30 youth the opportunity to hone their skills as community leaders and pass their skills on to others.

  • To develop the outskirts of Ait Ourir by creating network between associations to provide vibrant and skilled youth leaders outside city center.

03. Project Activities

To give 25-30 youth the opportunity to hone their skills as community leaders and pass their skills on to others

  • Workshop for non-active youth.
  • Mentoring for the non-active youth.
  • Settling community projects. 

To give 25-30 youth the opportunity to hone their skills as community leaders and pass their skills on to others

  • Advanced training (5 days with Danish youth participating)
  • Settling workshops and being mentors in 5 cites
  • Create and be a part of The Youth First Alumina

To develop the outskirts of Ait Ourir by creating network between associations to provide vibrant and skilled youth leaders outside city center

  • Inspiration trip to Denmark to see how The Danish organisation work with youth involvement and getting organizational sparring.
  • Network meetings between the associations
  • Evaluation meeting in Ait Ourir