LGBTQI youth advocates at SocialInnov4Change workshop in St Lucia

#SocialINNOV4Change includes LGBTQI Youth Advocates

A contingent from United and Strong were on hand to represent LGBTQI youth as Social Innovation for Change (SocialINNOV4Change) launched in Saint Lucia. The workshop engaged youth age16 to 35 in an effort to develop innovative ideas that can be implemented at the community level.

Social Innovation for Change coincided with the Wednesday August 12 celebration of International Youth Day.

UNDP Barbados and the OECS has issued a Call for Proposals for SocialINNOV4Change and as a part of the project, an onsite judging will take place on the 5th of October 2015. Twelve ideas will be selected to be further developed in the Social INNOV4Change Innovation Lab tentatively scheduled for the 13 to 15 October 2015.  This Innovation Lab will allow participating groups to further develop their ideas into effective solutions that could be executed within a three month period.  At the end of the workshop, the final ideas will be judged by a panel of experts who will select six ideas to be eligible for a grant of US$2,000.  The focus will be on project ideas that encourage positive behaviours through:

  1. The design of innovative campaigns through any media that aims to reduce the use of violence for conflict resolution amongst young men and women.
  2. Creating original ways to utilise the creative arts, culture, technology and sports to educate, reinforce positive behaviours and promote violence prevention in communities.
  3. Innovative initiatives that target the prevention of gender based, sexual and child violence.
  4. Campaigns and projects that foster community relations and prevention of community violence.
  5. Promotion of conflict resolution strategies.

Interested individuals and organisations must complete and submit an Expression of Interest Form on or before 25 September 2015 

For more on the application and selection process forSocialINNOV4Change, visit the UNDP Website.

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