UNICEF Youth Advocacy Guide: Call for stories
Have you ever taken public action in support of or in response to an issue or cause that was important to you? If so, then we want to hear your story!

We are looking for stories from young Africans who are trying to advocate for change in their communities, related to employment, education, girls' empowerment or other areas such as climate change, human rights, or
any other relevant topic.

The most powerful stories will be featured in a new UNICEF Youth Advocacy Guide that will be launched in early 2019. This guide will equip young people with knowledge and advice on how to bring about change on our continent. All completed submissions will be credited in the final guide.

Share your story if you are between the ages 13 and 25 and live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

All submissions must be received by midnight South African time on 7 January 2019.

Please start by providing your contact information below.
First name(s) *
Your answer
Surname *
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Gender *
Date of birth *
Email Address *
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Country *
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Name of your story or project *
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Name of your organisation (if relevant)
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Name of school or university (if studying)
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Write your story - Instructions
Your story should be between 750 - 1500 words. We have included five possible parts for your story below. Some parts of your story might be longer, and it is ok not to include a section if you haven’t done as much in that area. It is suggested that you type your answers first into a separate word doc and then copy and paste your responses below.

You can also share photos, videos, artwork, poems or songs related to your story submission to saiiayouth@gmail.com. Please be sure to include your name and country in your email.

For any other questions or concerns please write to UNICEF Youth Engagement Officer, Maryam Elgoni at melgoni@unicef.org, or to our implementing partner, Youth@SAIIA at youth@saiia.org.za.

Part 1: What is your story?
Tell us your story about activism, how you saw something that needed to change and advocated until it was achieved. Give us an overview of what happened, how it began, what you did to build momentum and what was achieved in the end.
GUIDING QUESTIONS: How did it begin? What inspired you to take action? What were you hoping to achieve? What were the key things that happened? How did people respond to your idea? What was the outcome or what did you achieve?
Your answer
Part 2: Fact-Finding
Tell us a little bit about how it all began. Explain how you identified the issue, theme, or area of interest you were involved in and what helped you to get started.
GUIDING QUESTIONS: How did you become aware of the issue? How did you know this was something important for everyone, and was something that you should take action on? How did you gather information and find out what you needed to know? Did you speak to any people in particular? How did you identify them? How did you speak to people about the issue? Did you experience any challenges? How did you overcome these?
Your answer
Part 3: Context
Tell us a little bit about the context you were working in, all of the different social, political, or environmental factors that you had to consider and navigate.
GUIDING QUESTION: Did you identify any policies or forums that would influence what you were trying to do? Did you attend local or national meetings with government, businesses, universities or civil society groups? How did you share your story with people? Were there specific things you needed to think about or take into consideration? Were you able to identify other people or issues that might be connected to your issue? How did you create networks with other people to help achieve your goal? How did you start to get other people involved, helping to create a space for more people?
Your answer
Part 4: Policy Engagement
Tell us a more about how your project engaged with policy – did you help to change something old or create something new? Remember, a policy is like a set of rules, the established way that things are done and organised and this can be at many different levels, such as a school policy or government policy. Tell us more about the policy that was relevant to your initiative.
GUIDING QUESTIONS: Were there any existing policies you needed to find out about? How did you find out about these policies and what did you do with them? How did you connect your issue to policy? Did you have any difficulty reading or understanding the policy? What did you do to overcome this? Did you work to change the policy? What are some of the things you did?
Your answer
Part 5: Awareness Raising and Implementation
Tell us how you raised awareness about your initiative and how you began to implement what you were trying to achieve.

GUIDING QUESTION: How did you communicate with the authorities or the people who would be able to make change? How to you communicate with the people in your community? Did you organise any events? How did you share your message? Did you include any stories or lessons that you learned along the way? How did you make this issue relevant to your community? What lessons did you learn about the best way to engage with people to effect change?
Your answer
Informed Consent
By submitting your story, please note that your experiences will be used in the formation of the UNICEF Youth Advocacy Guide.
I voluntarily agree to participate in the formation of UNICEF’s Youth Advocacy Guide, by contributing my experiences and ideas. *
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