Giving Pen Empowerment to Youth

imagePerformance management generally focuses on organizations and improvement and needs serious experience and  focus. But here is something that places youth in the chair. The question is, with so called YGEN attitudes today, how can anyone seriously suggest development can be done by young people?

Well Clare Hanbury does and this is what she says:

With our help, young people, can help solve society’s health & social justice issues,

We are now living in an amazing transitional time with a generation with new ideas and an extraordinary ability to multi task. These can doers are trail blazers with a disregard for expertise and a heightened sense of personal power. They  believe theirs is the only way and they are ready to do the work

To get results we must join youth where they abd asked how close they are to the problems they are trying to solve.

On 3rd June at the Dialogue meeting for 40 Nordic NGO‘s and donors in Copenhagen, Denmark. she spoke about Role of Children and Young People in Development. 
imageIn this talk Clare  makes compelling points with real life examples that give young people the power of the pen and encourages them with respect and connected listening to keep them close and involved in getting solutions. Here is the link to her talk.
Clare Hanbury, who describes herself as a young peoples champion, is a British health & social educationist, who for 20 years has worked all over the world. She is also Founder/Director of Young Solutions international, an organization she formed  last year from a genesis in youth work.

Many of Clare’s publications on HIV, AIDS, and Refugees and her radio broadcasts with children, anti-personnel landmine safety are available for free. Others are available from the website She also speaks in many forums and publishes a regular blog.

When I contacted her about her work she told me with some pride imageabout a defining  book she wrote called Children for Health (first published in 2005 by Macmillan).

The book includes examples and practical suggestions on how to implement an integrated approach to school health promotion and the provision of quality health education for children around the world.

She has also contributed to other publications such as First Choices she tells me its new incarnation entitled “Our Future” is a splendid  series published and distributed for free by the International AIDS alliance. She said she is more than happy to provide more detail on any this for anyone interested.

I also asked her about her Copenhagen talk which she said was the outcome of a long-standing relationship with colleagues at DANIDA (Danish Government AID) born out of practical field work done in Kenya  She went on to say,

DANIDA funded the involvement of children and young people in a nutrition project that turned around a pattern of malnutrition in the under 5’s in an areas of Kenya called the Machakos district.

This in a fertile area of Kenya where families grow French beans for supermarkets!  This makes the high malnutrition figures in this area all the more tragic. Anyway the work of the children really took hold. They were advocates and teachers in their own families and really made a difference.

I feel very privileged to have connected with Clare, who knows how to work with youth so they can make a difference for us all. I recommend the Clare Hanbury site as one you should add to your RSS feed. Then you can stay focused on her message as she continues to reinforce it in her work. Maybe there is also something you can do to help.


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2 thoughts on “Giving Pen Empowerment to Youth

  1. @Dianne

    Thanks Dianne, We are both Yaro Fans.

    I am also a student in his class which I suspect you are too.

    If you are refering to my comment on his post yes the best I ever got good at in math was times 2 and it has served me well so far.

    For bloggers readers who dont know Yaro Starock check him out. He has neatly 200 commnents on his 30h B’day message. Phenomenal, Mine was around the 80th this afternoon when I posted it from Bangkok Thailand where I just landed from Melbourne Australia.

    Yaro post if you are intereted was at

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