Kampar, MY (April 19, 2019) – Ministry of Youth and Sport of Malaysia together with MYCorps asked young people to join MYCorps Volunteer Programme: MYCorps Mission 7 @ Southeast Asia. MYCorps is a Malaysian launchpad for youth to develop themselves into empowered individuals through training and volunteering programme. Many registered, but only 40 young people selected for this programme. It started with one month of pre-departure programme, which 40 of them who came from different states in Malaysia are trained before they spend two months in Southeast Asia countries, such as Timor Leste, Philippines, Laos, and Indonesia, to educate young people in local communities, advocate local government and tackle current social issues in the nation.

One of the trainings include understanding about advocacy. Youth Internet Governance Forum (Youth IGF) Indonesia is asked to share information about it. Three main points discussed between the speaker and participants are around the key components of advocacy, how to create and conduct advocacy assesment, and how to integrate an advocacy initiatives. “Advocacy in all it’s forms seeks to ensure that people are able to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them, defend and safeguard their rights, and also have their views considered when decisions are being made,” said Agita Pasaribu, Youth IGF Indonesia Ambassador who presented as the speaker.

Youth IGF Indonesia came up with several important points to be considered in advocacy process, which are:

• Advocacy index (made based on research)

• Coalition building (build board community support)

• Decision makers (engage with decision makers)

• Outreach (create public awareness through targeted interaction activities)

• Data (acquired through research and analysis)

• Policy development (collaborate with government)

Besides giving the youths better understanding on advocacy and how to integrate it into their programming context, Youth IGF Indonesia as a representative of Indonesia also shared to them about Indonesian cultures. The participants are taught about the people of Indonesia, upheld traditions there, and how diverse the ethnicity is in Indonesia. The Ambassador of Youth IGF Indonesia herself taught the participants how to speak Bahasa Indonesia.

As the result, they are able to speak Bahasa fluently even before the pre-departure programme ends, which was on May 3, 2019. On that very day also, the participants already informed in which country they’re going to be located and which team they’ll be working with. Those located in Indonesia will be working as volunteers in Pontianak and Flores. More than just understanding about advocacy, the collaboration between MYCorps and Youth IGF Indonesia also created to make both countries where these organizations come from understand about each other’s culture. It created peace and friendship between nations.

Written by : Miranda Julistika | Comm & Publications | media@bully.id

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Youth Internet Governance Forum (Youth IGF) Indonesia is a recognised initiative, described by the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (UN-IGF) as an existing IGF Initiative and part of the Youth IGF Movement since 2011. It is a movement that operates as a multi-stakeholder platform, which allows Indonesian young people to discuss and take a lead in issues related to Internet governance in the format of local, national and international discussions.

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