Activities comprise of the actions you take to achieve the objectives you have listed out. Activities are quite easy to develop if you have your objectives finalized. However, it is important that you a proper relationship is established between objectives and activities and they contribute to each other.
In a youth advocacy project, activities are usually defined very clearly although the content can vary depending upon the topic of your project. In most advocacy projects, the following activities are covered:
- Holding meetings and workshops with key decision-makers and policy-makers including Government functionaries depending upon what type of project you are implementing. For example, in a youth employment project, where you need to improve the implementation of government-supported youth training programmes, you need to conduct meetings and workshops with Government officials of the youth welfare department.
- Building networks of youths and youth groups in your area and organizing regular advocacy meetings with them for building awareness can be an important project activity to achieve the project objectives.
- Developing communication material to increase awareness through social media, print and electronic media, videos, newsletters, local events, rallies and other types of public campaigns.
- Organizing training programmes in the context of your project. For example, if your project is seeking to reduce youth unemployment, then you can organize a series of skill-development and capacity-building training programmes for youths for their entrepreneurial growth.
Before planning out your project activities, there are certain points you need to keep in mind:
- You need to carry out an analysis of all the stakeholders involved in your project and what type of beneficiary role they will play in implementation of the activities. For example, the youths in your area are the direct beneficiaries, and they will receive training and skill development from the project. Similarly, the government functionaries of the youth welfare department will undergo sensitization towards youth issues and improve the delivery of their programmes. Your organization is also an important stakeholder with enriched capacity to address the project issues.
- A timeline is required while planning out the activities. As projects have set duration, your activities have to be scheduled properly in line with your objectives. Also, the timeline also mentions the roles and responsibilities of managers for each activity.
- It is also useful to do a resource mapping in your project area before planning out the activities. This will help in identifying useful resources already available, and you can use them to improve your project outcomes. There may be other organizations which have implemented similar projects in other areas, and you can use their strategies for planning out your project.