ACT has always taken youth as a cross-cutting theme for all its activities and engaged young people across the country in various activities. However, ACT has adopted varying approaches of mentoring and youth development in order to guide and support the vulnerable young people.
“Youth Mentoring Program through Community Center Platform” was UNDP funded project and implemented in Union Council Musazai Sharif of District D.I Khan, KP. The project aimed at providing opportunities to the local youth by awareness raising, capacity building, knowledge transformation, mentorship and setting up their link with already established community centers by UNDP.
The project was initiated with the identification of active youth members from the selected community through primary data sources and initial dialogues were organized with the selected representatives for the formation of youth groups. Keeping in view the gender ratio and local context, 15 youth groups were formed (10 Male and 5 Female) from targeted villages of UC Musazai. These groups were given delivered extensive trainings on leadership, life skills, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship through mentors who had been identified after meetings with community elders, specialists and renowned professionals. The mentors adopted different types of mentoring approaches to mentor youth groups at community centers.
The main goal of Youth Mentoring Program was to identify and address all the key challenges faced by the youth of local community.
- Conducted a perceptual exercise to understand the already developed perceptions and prepared mentoring activities accordingly.
- Detailed plan was devised outlining the typology of mentoring activities through personal or technological interactions.
- Detailed design of activities that map individual, group, and team mentoring interactions.
- Developed an effective entry criterion for selecting youth into the mentorship program.
- Increased community engagement, volunteerism, and deepening of leadership potential and skills in youth.
- Formation of Fifteen (15) Youth Groups in targeted communities who are now actively linked with UNDP resource centers and initiating community level activities at their own.
- Eight (8) trainings had been conducted on different thematic area for the selected youth, who are now capacitated upon computer literacy, leadership, conflict resolution, life skills etc.
- Five (5) Social Action Projects (SAP’s) had been designed and implemented by the youth groups in their respective communities. And most importantly, youth of the adjacent communities are replicating the same actions at their own villages.
The project has directly led to increase in community engagement and volunteerism in youth through a number of interventions. In total, 1500 Volunteers had been registered and 75 peer groups were formed. Moreover, 244 youth members/leaders have been trained on Basic Life Skills. The project focused engagement of the area’s youth while taking the community center as a hub of activities.