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Advocacy Academy – Croatia
March 13 - May 25
The Advocacy Academy is a program by the World Youth Alliance Croatia, which started in March 2019, with the aim of empowering young people to actively participate in the democratic life of the Republic of Croatia and for the active participation of young people in advocating measures and policies that are of interest to them and to the wider community.
The program is intended for young people between the ages of 18 and 30, and the target group is young students interested in active participation in the social life of the Republic of Croatia.
Young people in Croatia are insufficiently educated and aware of the possibilities and ways of advocating and promoting their interests and rights. They often feel uninvited to participate in creating social change on certain issues of their interest. Through programs such as the Advocacy Academy, the World Youth Alliance Croatia wants to encourage young people to participate in the decision-making process and to let them know their experience and knowledge are essential to contribute to overall social well-being. Young people also have a responsibility to participate in social processes and we need to provide them with the knowledge they need to do it well and successfully. Young people are the drivers of change, they are the ones who build the society and it is important that they become activate within their communities.
The Academy consists of 9 workshops and will cover the following themes:
1. Introduction to advocacy and lobbying
2. National and local level – institutions, functioning, advocacy and participation of the non-profit sector
3. EU level – institutions, functioning, advocacy
4. Practical part
5. Speaking and political argumentation,
6. Media and social networks,
7. Media Workshop,
8. Ethics of Advocacy,
9. Practical part
The workshops will be held by experts and people with experience in these fields.
After completing the program, young people will gain knowledge of what is advocacy, which advocacy opportunities exist at national and EU level, how to express their views publicly and how to use social networks and media to advocate and promote values, opinions, and changes they think are necessary.
We look forward to implementing another program for young people and we hope that through this program, 30 young people will be encouraged and empowered to advocate for change in our society, which is based in the human dignity and that they learn how to use person-centered approach when advocating for measures and politics in their communities.