Principle 2: Ensure equitable inclusion of different subsets of young people

Please use this thread to discuss your experiences, challenges, and successes with Principle 2 in your current work, and how you hope to use it in your future work! How can we work and advocate to ensure we are achieving this principle in our programs?

Explanation: Within the population of interest, project teams need to be intentional about which vulnerable groups to include (e.g, those out of school, or living with disabilities) and representing subsets of young people that are a priority to the particular challenge at hand. These subgroups need to be involved in the design of solutions as well as benefit from the resulting ASRH programming. The consideration and implementation of inclusivity throughout the HCD process increases accessibility among different youth subsets.

We got this question from the audience during the launch webinar:

Q: Do you include suggestions for how to recruit harder to reach or vulnerable youth?

In response to this question, @NicoleIppoliti_YLabs said:

We have quite a few tips on that in that section. I think one that comes top of mind for me is just making sure that we’re using purposive sampling. We’re working with local fixers, to make sure that we are being intentional about reaching those that are hard to reach. So it’s really about doing effective landscape mapping in the beginning to understand who are the local partners that we can work with more intentionally to make sure that we’re reaching those that are harder to reach.

Dr. Shola Olabode-Dada from YLabs further added:

We want to point out that we are trying to use our networks and use the networks within those countries that we’re working in to actually reach out to those vulnerable youth and let them know that they are welcome to involve be involved in these projects, and we want to make extra efforts to reach out to them. So we provide some tips on that. And we definitely encourage participation from vulnerable youth but sometimes it is a matter of just asking. That’s the problem- they’re not always asked.