The Youth Advocacy Guide has been developed by people of varying ages, with different lived experiences, and a passion for change. It was originally created through an extensive consultative process, which brought together the voices of young people from various parts of Africa. Initially developed in 2018 by the Africa Service Unit, this latest iteration, adapted by young people across the world, includes updated resources, training materials, and case studies to reach a global audience. The 2022 Youth Advocacy Guide work is led by UNICEF’s Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) team in collaboration with the Health section and the Division of Global Communication and Advocacy (DGCA).
The Youth Advocacy Guide is a youth-focused resource that aims to support users along their personal advocacy journeys. This Youth Advocacy Guide is intended to help any advocate working in any field navigate and advocate for change. Think of the guide as a young person’s ally as they work to leave their mark on the world. It aims to lead users through the process of advocacy, combining clear ‘how to’ steps with inspirational stories from other young people who are striving to bring about change. This guide will take you through the processes of fact-finding, planning, engaging with policy, building momentum, and making individual lifestyle choices. This page contains more resources for when you want additional, in-depth content on various advocacy subjects.
Strengthening your advocacy
Everything from finding your advocacy issue, engaging supporters, and monitoring progress.
Finding your advocacy issue (Voices of Youth)
Don't know where to start? Here are some ideas to inspire you.
How to use data for advocacy (Voices of Youth)
Strengthen your case by using numbers and figures that are accurate and contextual.
Monitoring Your Advocacy Activities (Voices of Youth)
Regularly gather information to determine the impact of your advocacy.
Self-care as an advocate
Saving the world is important, but so are you. Learn more about self-care, and making sure you’re being safe online.
How to respectfully communicate what you need and want (Voices of Youth)
Advocating for your cause is important, but so is advocating for yourself.
Staying Resilient While Trying to Save the World, Volume 2 (Amnesty International)
An entire well-being workbook for youth advocates, aiming to help you find a balance between taking action and protecting your peace.
Data privacy - what it is and why you should care (Voices of Youth)
Much of your advocacy may involve being online, and there are ways to protect yourself and your information.
Being a better communicator
Deliver your message effectively through digital media, public events, and beyond.
Using Principles of Persuasion (University of Kansas)
What you say matters, and so does how you say it. Use some of these tips to bolster your arguments and mission.
Whether you’re running your own organization or part of one, be equipped with the tools to make the work even stronger.
Project Fundraising (UNESCO)
Use this worksheet to organize a fundraising plan to bring your ideas to life.
Advocacy Capacity Tool (Bolder Advocacy)
This self-assessment tool can be used bynonprofit organizations, coalitions, and groups to assess their current capacity – or readiness – to engage in advocacy efforts..