After planning great stuff for young people, you’ll want to think about how you can get young people interested in what you have to offer. Promotion will help you to get the word out and recruit young people to your project, activity or event.
Whatever their reasons, each young person will be looking for an opportunity that is:
To make an activity or project really enjoyable, build in opportunities for:
Getting the word out means communicating and promoting the opportunities you want to offer young people. There are a few things you can do:
Advertise in the local press and distribute posters or flyers in local public spaces young people use. Use social media to promote the opportunities you’re offering. Ask young people who are interested to spread the word to their friends. Don’t know where young people hang out, or how to contact them? Your local youth service can help.
Speak with organisations and services that young people access, such as schools, TAFEs, universities, libraries, or sports centres. And speak with networks who have access to young people, like your local Youth Network (talk to your local youth service about this), or your Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN). But this might not get the word out to everyone, so think about how you can contact the diverse groups of young people in your community – are there other organisations that work with specific groups related to age, gender, culture, or sexuality? Can you perhaps collaborate or partner with another group or organisation?
Involving young people in recruiting others will help make it things more inclusive and exciting others.
Young people will keep coming back if they are having fun, developing good relationships with others, and feel like they’re learning something or doing something that matters to them.
Being passionate about something will make young people more motivated to keep doing it. Young people build passion when there are:
If you’re providing a project, activity, meeting or program for young people, there are a few things to think about so that you…