Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge Workshop
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Indonesia held the 2017 Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge (YVIC) workshop in Indonesia on 20 - 21 April, with the support of the UNV Regional Office in Bangkok and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Indonesia. With the theme "Developing Skills for Life and Work through Volunteerism", the workshop aimed to explore and support innovative volunteering activities on social impacts and sustainable development. Participants were accompanied by mentors to receive advice in refining their proposed ideas.
The interest and enthusiasm of the young people towards the YVIC was seen from the 75 proposals submitted to the UNV between 30 January and 5 March 2017. Twenty three participants from eight selected teams came together to Jakarta from all over Indonesia, including AsahAsihAsuh, Deafriends, IBBIeducare, Jong Jakarta, Porteeria, RobinHerb, VOSCHA, and Warung Imajinasi.
The two-day event served as a platform for information and knowledge sharing provided by guest speakers as well as the young volunteers. The guest speakers shared their knowledge and practical experience on the basics of volunteerism, volunteer management, theory of change and designing thinking, among many more topics. At the end of the workshop, three teams were selected to receive financial as well as mentorship support, while prototyping their projects.
The three selected teams were: Deafriends will offer sign language classes and certification for the hearing impaired to work as sign language interpreters; RobinHerb will support unemployed/school drop-out youth through creative waste recycling activities; Warung Imajinasi will develop capacities of high school students in Kertasari district to equip them with leadership and better learning skills to contribute to developing their communities. Following one and a half month-prototyping, one final team with the strongest progress and results achieved will attend the YVIC regional workshop in Bangkok, Thailand in June 2017.