You have been in touch with YPARD for a while, or you just got to know about it, and you wonder how you could get more involved with this young people’s network - actively. You are strongly welcome to come joining forces with us on getting the new generation take a crucial role for agricultural development – YPARD is your community!
First of all, make sure you have registered on www.ypard.net. It is free! You would then receive our funding news bulletin, newsletters and special calls based on your region and expertise! Also, if you are an e-bird, it will get you more active online through e-discussions, blogging, networking etc - for voicing and sharing your insights with your peers and important stakeholders! Finally, if you like on-the-ground action, you can get involved in your region, country and local area, with your peers, for implementing context-driven activities!
“ That’s great, but how do we do that concretely?”, you say.
The net is your playground?
Write blog posts on YPARD Community blog. Send your narrative of 600-800 words in a word format + a picture in picture format with appropriate credit. Your title should be short and catchy. Make also sure that the key message of your contribution is clear. Prefer short paragraphs. Don’t hesitate to illustrate your arguments with concrete experience and/or references to verified sources. Find more tips on how to write a good blog post; adopt Peter’s art of seduction.
On-the-ground action is your thing?
We believe that it is valuable to build YPARD working groups on country levels and boost ideas and initiatives built up on a local level. There are simple ways to mobilize young people in agriculture and build a working group, in order to identify together priorities and implement activities to address these.
Activities to be implemented could be:
awareness “campaign” about YPARD and for the youth’s cause : the need to get more voice in strategic and political debates, the need to get more appropriate curricula, to get agriculture sector attractive...
letter to ministry, voicing youth concerns, challenges or ideas for supporting youth and agriculture
capacity building activities, if appropriate
networking and building up partnership with other organizations focusing on youth and/or ARD for YPARD community to go forward on a more integrated action by joining forces with others
giving a voice to the youth on local level by participating to events, linkaging with and “lobbying” within local institutions, potentially your own organization or company
Let us know more about you!
Are you a student? Do you currently work? Where are you based? These are questions which will help to determine what type of activities you may want undertake with YPARD teams.
Become a Country representative!
There are still many opportunities to become a YPARD Country Representative! Find out if YPARD is represented in your country. Before the YPARD representative is selected, he/she is expected to have demonstrated commitment to YPARD by being an active member. An active member may have already organized an event, engaged in some of these activities and/or organized or participated in online events.
Knowledge is Power!
We are in need of more information for our members, notably on the website. If this is something you are interested in or if you know people who would be interested in giving a hand on finding information resources and posting information ont he website (particularly in French and Spanish), it would revolutionize our regional services and meanwhile help get more members. Once again, contact us!