There are more than 1.8 billion young people on the planet. This is a mighty number. What if organisations worked in a way that harnessed the collective strengths, knowledge and insights of young people to ensure they have real decision-making power? This is how real change can happen.
Youth-led social accountability (or YLSA) empowers young people to gather evidence to hold service providers, educators and duty bearers to account on issues that matter to them – and it is proving effective.
Now Rutgers has worked with young people and their allies in Africa and Asia to create a new online YLSA guide. The toolkit focuses on using YLSA to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people but can be used on other areas as well. It explains how to plan projects, recruit and train young people, and support them to design and develop data-gathering tools, collect evidence and present it to decision makers.