Yvonne’s Experience at the Accountability, Advocacy and Policy Influencing Workshop

After I received the email confirming my participation in the Accountability, Advocacy and Policy Influencing Workshop I started preparations. I was initially skeptical because I had no idea about the people I would meet. I got acquainted with everyone upon arrival. I loved the fact that there was no form of disparity. At the workshop I learnt how to pitch. Eric taught us how to pitch in 30seconds. I also learnt about the World Café. I believe it’s a good form of learning.  Obaa Akua taught us about advocacy, I loved her teaching method and her subtle nature. ObaaAkua has her own way of getting everyone’s attention.

Emmanuel Edudzie helped us to draw our action plans and our goal towards advocating for a functional National Youth Policy. Emmanuel taught us about community mapping, gender responsive budgeting, community response card, participatory budgeting, etc. using different case studies. The formation of groups to tackle a topic was a good way of involving everyone and to beat time.  Eric Nomafo taught us how to have a successful media interview and how to write a press release. I learnt about keys to success and barriers to youth participation.  Eric’s energizers were real energizers. We also composed songs using the ‘9 steps to change’.

During the Youth Policy Dialogue, I learnt about using the tools I have been empowered with to make a change.And how social media has a huge influence on the youth today and its efficacy cannot be underestimated. No matter my location I can use social media to create a change.It was fun meeting new people from across the country and networking. We took lots of memorable pictures and anytime I look at them I can’t help but have nostalgic moments about the workshop. I commend YES-Ghana for organizing the workshop. I appreciate you all for everything done and for sharing your time and knowledge with us.  Words cannot express my gratitude.