VOICE Innovation Lab: Youth2Youth Flagship for Social Change

WAGARC is implementing a two-year grant from VOICE Project, to amplify the unheard voices of the most marginalized and discriminated youth in the society. Our strategy for implementing the project is through the VOICE Innovation Lab: Youth2Youth Flagship for Social Change. 

The VOICE Innovation Lab: Youth2Youth Flagship Network for Social Change aims to establish a virtual and physical space for exploring innovative ways of addressing issues affecting the Youth, a target beneficiary of VOICE. This lab will engage the youthful exuberances and intellectual prowess of Nigerian youths, in and out of school, to amplify their voices in addressing the most marginalization and discrimination they face in Nigeria. 

The overarching strategy to implementing the Lab is by working for youth as beneficiaries (target groups); engaging with youth as partners (Collaborators), and supporting youth as leaders (Initiators). The strategy takes a four-pronged approach: 

SUPPORT through capacity development of young people, including youth representative bodies, to empower them and prepare them better for the future; 

ENGAGE through outreach, advocacy and mainstreaming of youth issues in all spheres of development planning; 

INFLUENCE through thought leadership training, national policy dialogues, debates that include the voices of marginalized youth via radio programs and build on improved data collection (VOICE dairies, Hotlines, Research Competition) to monitor development process;  

SUSTAIN through support to operationalizing institutional framework (of Youth2Youth Network for Social Change) for more effective strategies to protect young men and women from exploitation, neglect and support their informed and active participation in all spheres of society. 

As part of our sustainability plans, we will be engaging young Nigerians with proven experience of working with young people as advocates on unrelenting social issues. These young Nigerians will serve as, “Voice Ambassadors”. They will be responsible for driving the agenda of the Youth to Youth Flagship for Social Change and work with the WAGARC team to co-create solutions that will amplify the voices of young people.