Making Your Advocacy Personal

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It is crucial for the success of your advocacy to follow up with contacts you have established during the process.

If your advocacy process has led to a decision, such as adopting a policy or deciding to put something into action, you need to follow up with the decision-makers to make sure this is being done. Hold them accountable to their promise to act! Following up on the progress of your work will differ depending on the nature of your advocacy, who you have engaged with and what you are trying to achieve.

Throughout your advocacy process you will engage with a wide range of people. Establish a relationship with them and see how you might be able to explore new ideas or get involved in other initiatives. Maintaining a good set of contacts across a wide range of fields will also be useful in your future activities. Here are a few tips:

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Screenshot from the UNICEF Youth Advocacy Guide
It is important to remember that advocacy is not an occasion but rather a lifestyle. You should reinforce your advocacy principles by the way you live and the choices you make.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the challenges the world is experiencing. We don’t always know what to do in our daily lives to address these concerns. But we often underestimate the importance of lifestyle choices. Every day we make choices about the food we eat, the way we treat people, animals, or our environment. They all reflect the principles we live by.

Spend some time thinking about this and become aware of your own behaviours and practices and see if there might be a better way of doing things. It might be as simple as carrying your own shopping bag to the store so you reduce single-use plastics, or buy food from local farmers in your community. It may be more complex, such overcoming your own bias or prejudices, and opening yourself up to understanding other people’s reality.

We are in control of the decisions we make and if we start to think about the consequences of our decisions in the long-term, we will start to put in place practices that will lead to a better world. 

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The Youth Advocacy Guide [ENG] cover page

Did you know the UNICEF Youth Advocacy Guide has been updated?

Check out the newly adapted global version available in English.

[Coming soon in Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese!]

 

You can also host your own advocacy training! Download the training guide and collaborative workspace here.

Your advocacy journey will be tough at times, but you can't let that stop you. Have a read through some of these tips to keep you going.

 

Interested in doing advocacy? Read more about how you can champion change through advocacy here!

Also have a look at the Youth Advocacy Resources Hub for more tips, tricks and tools to help you along your advocacy journey!

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