In 2015, 4.5 million youth in Colombia were neither studying nor working. A combination of low levels of education, high economic inactivity and low social mobility creates uncertainty, which makes these young people more likely to become involved in informal or even illegal economic activities. Youth living in post conflict regions are the most vulnerable.
The Active Youth project focuses on youth aged 16 to 24 in vulnerable, low income households, in both rural and urban areas. Under the leadership of the Agencia para la Renovación del Territorio (Land Revitalization Agency, or ART) and in collaboration with other government institutions and strategic partners, we will work to develop orientation, training and networking tools that enable youth to develop capacities and access new opportunities, thereby promoting community and regional integration through active participation in decision making processes and the collective construction of visions for the regions.
In this vein, we are providing our valuable experience in social, financial and economic inclusion with the use of tools related to digital solutions, co-creation, interaction between several different stakeholders and “peer-to-peer” methodologies. Such contributions will be decisive in terms of the design of an effective, cost-efficient and scalable strategy that aims to reach 100,000 youth in regions where government public policies pertaining to peacebuilding and reconciliation are being focused.
Countries of implementation: Colombia
- June 2016: Approval
- July 2016–April 2017: Co-design of tools and alliance building
- April 2017: Digital tool launch
- April 2017: Activities in the field begin
- July 2018: End of project
- To support and develop capacities among youth, including strengthening life skills and competencies, contributing to their vocational training and facilitating access to available educational, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities (3E).
- To strengthen social capital by supporting existing cultural, social or productive initiatives driven by youth, through the development of collective and organizational capabilities.
- To create a vision for the region by promoting leadership roles and the participation of youth and youth organizations in the construction of a shared vision for the region.
The project incorporates several stakeholders in order to reach scale and succeed in influencing public policy. Open innovation, co-creation and “peer-to-peer” methodologies will also be used to develop a digital tool that will aid in developing youth capacities to strengthen their life skills and promote their initiatives. Technical and financial support will be offered to facilitate exchange and interaction among youth organizations. It also promotes meeting spaces for the exchange of knowledge (peer learning) seeking to strengthen youth leadership and territorial development by strengthening the social fabric.
- ‘Tonces!: It is a mobile application for Android mobile phones that promotes vocational guidance and allows the individual and collective participation of young people between 16 and 28 years old. It also helps strengthen soft skills and leadership and allows access to information on education, employment and entrepreneurship.
- Mapping of Initiatives: This digital platform makes organizations visible and promotes different urban initiatives led by young people between 16 and 28 years old. These initiatives have an impact in their communities, help build peace, and strengthen the social fabric in their territories.
- Talent Bank: It is a platform in which young leaders and participants of the Youth Active project get more visibility. These young people lead initiatives with community and social impact, participate in advocacy spaces and have recognition of their communities.
- ‘Tonces! Web: A web page where young people can access news and interesting information about the Jóvenes Activos project.
As a result of the pilot phase, we expect to achieve the following:
- 1 technological platform to be used by youth and their organizations
- 1,200 youth empowered with the tools needed to access a range of relevant educational, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities
- 40 youth organizations defined and strengthened
- 250 youth leaders trained in collaborative tools for organizational and community strengthening
- Up to 60 youth initiatives financed
- Increased awareness and empowerment among youth to become agents of change in three post conflict regions of Colombia
Following the pilot, we expect to scale up the project to have an impact on at least 100,000 youth.
Agencia de Renovación del Territorio (ART), IDRC, Citi Foundation, Social Prosperity, Red Nacional de Jóvenes Rurales
Phase: Implementation of the pilot