Stowelink in the last week of February 2020 was actively engaged in training 100 selected young peer counselors at Kenyatta university on matters of leadership, young engagement and involvement and communication for advocacy and change. The session that was led by Kevin Oduor and Ogweno Stephen actively engaged the young students of Kenyatta university on an interactive training educating on the importance of communication for advocacy.
Some of the key points that arose during this training was that in order for young people to be able to communicate effectively for advocacy they have to have data at their fingertips. Effective communication backed by data was found to be one of the best ways for advocacy. Also it was important that young people be calm, polite but strong in their messaging. We noted during the training that perhaps some of the reasons why less and less young people are involved in advocacy and in the table where policy is discussed is because young people tend to be rough and disorganized in how they communicate. Therefore, it was crucial that we should be able to act modestly and strongly to ensure we get a seat at the table where we can actively champion for our views.
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