Change management in youth NGOs - CALLS FOR TRAINERS AND PARTICIPANTS
Low youth participation is recently becoming more and more evident. It does not regard, in particular the voting field. Low youth participation becomes part of all aspects of the democratic life and especially in the everyday life of the youth NGOs. Some meaningful examples are represented by the low youth’s response to calls for volunteers or participants and by the increase in the last minute cancellations before the events.
Still, the most striking phenomenon is the lack of participation in decision making positions in the youth organizations. Recently, youth organizations face difficulties to change generations in their board because there is no interest from the younger generation to be involved. It seems that the interest of young people to take the lead or the responsibility has dropped significantly down and this embeds apparently a lot of threats.
Politicians, parliamentarians, stakeholders and youth workers continuously talk about the need to foster youth participation and a lot of seminars, courses and meetings are initiated on the topic. The topic of youth participation appears in all youth related programs and the efforts to strengthen it, as well as the budget allocated for them are quite big. Yet, the low youth participation is more perceived as a problem we need to fix in order to bring things back to the previous stage they were, rather than a changed or new situation that we need to manage. There is a certain hesitation towards taking into account the existing situation, moving forward with it, taking risks and eventually changing and evolving.
Young people today do not have the same needs and expectations as the young people 10 or 5 or even 2 years ago. There is a need to explore the data we have now and envision the situation we want to achieve. And while we are doing it, we need to ensure that this transition, this change from current stage to future stage is well managed.
So, “Change management in youth NGOs” is a very important concept in the private and sometimes the governmental sector. We believe that youth organizations should also be capable to efficiently and effectively manage the change. Change management is the approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations to a desired future state. And this is what we want to achieve. We aim to build the capacities of youth organizations to deal with low youth participation, develop a vision about it and manage the transitions towards it successfully.
Following this direction, the project “Change management in youth NGOs” is designed for youth workers and youth leaders who are in leading/decision making positions in YEU Member Organization and who have the vision to revive their organization and the active youth participation.
Indeed, the project is relevant with the specific objective “to foster quality improvements in youth work”, particular by helping the participating organizations to explore the existing situation, envision the desired state and manage the change towards achieving it. The project involves organizations from both programme and partner countries. Apart from promoting the mobility and cooperation between them, it targets their capacity building and growth. So, don’t hesitate to take part to our interesting and new training course.