Recognising and rewarding young people’s ideas and efforts will encourage them to stay involved. It shows them – and other young people – how much you value their contributions.
Celebrate by welcoming new members to your group, gaining media coverage, or achieving a planned goal. Every ‘win’ is worth celebrating – no matter how small you think it is. Take time to regularly reflect on the great stuff you’ve achieved – it will remind you of why you’re doing what you’re doing!
There are lots of different ways you can celebrate your achievements. Here are a few ideas:
- Art or craftwork – create a group mural, painting, collage, craft work or installation
- Awards ceremony – present prizes or certificates to young people who have been invovled
- Blog or website – create a special online space to celebrate and record what you’ve achieved
- Conference – bring people together to speak about your issue or topic
- Exhibition – display artwork, photography, or craft that relates to your project or event
- Forum –discuss ideas and network with other, like-minded people
- Gig – invite bands, DJs or comedians to provide music/comedy to celebrate your achievements
- Launch – celebrate the opening of your project, or the launch of something you’ve created
- Media event – hold a special briefing for media representatives to talk about your issue, campaign, event or project
- Open day / evening – invite people to look around your space or project venue (if you have one)
- Publication – of a report, research or resource
- Party – have a party!
- Panel / Q&A– invite a panel of people to speak about your issue or topic and take questions from an audience
- Performance – perform music, drama, poetry or dance
- Social media – publicise what you’ve achieved through social media
- Song – write a song or piece of music