How can conversation reflect the identify and diversity of Young Australia ?
Jacquie talked about Youth Action. It’s an organisation that represents and advocates for the needs and expectations of the youth in the community. Its always essential to look for all the evidences and research done by the media.
The first example which Jacqui gave about advocacy-Smoking is deadly (deadly in Aboriginal cultural means cool). A pun here 🙂 One has to be very careful in choosing the right words for advocacy.
Next Jacquie asked the audience what does the word “ADVOCACY” mean to them. The answers were constructive engagement, positive lobbying, outcome, cause, encouraging, action, courage, challenging the norm, empowering, evidence. Advocacy in 3 words can be summarized as identifying the problem, looking for the appropriate solution & working on the timely action. So in a nutshell it’s Problem-Solution-Action
Next the audience were put into groups and were asked ” What is the change we want to see ?”
Next step was discussing the Action which meant working in collaboration with powerful and influential people at a local level and then on a larger scale at national or international level. Its always better to pitch someone in power and put the skill to test.
Now most important HOW do you DO Advocacy ?
Face to Face meeting with Policy makers, Public Presentations, Lobbying, Writing research articles, Writing emails and letters, making phone calls, developing social media campaign, Participating in formal processes like consultation, forums, committees, talking to friends and peers, networking
Communication your vision
Why – How- When should be asked and justified with evidences
Be yourself, Ask for something which is supported, Be short, sweet and precise, Engage with the Local Council, Do your Homework/research before Lobbying, Put your new skills in the test by exploring the resources and guides