Young people are experts in their own experiences, and are best positioned to inform the policies, programmes, and funding priorities that affect them. For this to happen meaningfully, they require support, resources, and a responsive environment that values their perspectives. However, sometimes these youth-led or youth-serving initiatives don't have the capacity or technical skills to achieve their advocacy goals, or they're operating within youth unfriendly structures, processes, or mechanisms.
Members of the Torchlight Collective have an extensive track record of designing resources, tools, briefs, and workshops for and with young people in order to bridge the gaps between their current capacity and their potential impact. Additionally, the Collective is well-positioned to 'sensitize' adult allies who are interested in truly support movement-building and meaningful youth engagement.
Some examples include:
- The Generation that will end AIDS: An Action Package for young people towards the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, May 2016): Ricardo and Lindsay built a toolkit for young people who would be involved in the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in June 2016. Download here.
- My Body My Rights: Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Human Rights (Amnesty International, January 2015): Chelsea wrote this module as a part of a series of human rights education resources designed to be used by and with young people. Download here.
- Making the money work for young people: a participation tool for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM, July 2014): Ricardo led the development of a toolkit for young people on how to more effectively participate in the Global Fund's mechanisms. Download here.
- Demystifying Data: A Guide to Using Evidence to Improve Young People’s Sexual Health and Rights (Guttmacher Institute, 2014): Kat contributed to this resource, designed to help young people to use scientific evidence on the sexual and reproductive knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and health of young people in their advocacy efforts. Download here.