Lead your own project

Start small. It’s in the evidence of local action that you will find the legitimacy to take on the world.
— Sam Johnson, Founder Student Volunteer Army
  1. Get outside  
    Walk around the area you live in or an area that you think could use a helping hand (this could be your street, a park, a nature reserve, rest-home or school). Walk around for an hour and chat with some of the locals about their community. Ask them what would make their community a better, safer, or more awesome place! Ask how you and some friends could help? 
  2. Pick a project
    Once you have talked with local residents, community leaders, older people or teachers you will have some idea of the needs and opportunities in a community. Talking to locals is vital (it's a big mistake to assume someone needs help). Pick the project you want to support and go back to meet with the local residents and get more information. Remember, you can help someone with an existing project as well as creating your own! 
  3. Get some help 
    Perhaps you want to turn an empty section into a temporary playground, create street art on an abandoned building, or organise a team to build planting boxes for a local primary school or housing estate? Whatever you decide, we suggest starting small and recruiting a small team to help you. Ask people to get amongst the idea and show them the exciting opportunity to make an impact. You shouldn't have to pressure anyone to get involved; generally it's the people most different from you who have the most to offer you. Read more about creating a team here. 
  4. Make it happen
    Use these great project planning resources here to plan your project. Big thanks to Global Changemakers for creating these handy guides! The key steps are simple: set the vision, plan, promote, do and then review.
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host a look beyond disasters workshop 

Looking Beyond Disaster is a framework for bringing young people together around the theme of natural disasters and the impact these have on communities. 

Established initially in Christchurch, New Zealand, workshops are a multi-day forum series maintained and developed by the alumni of previous forums and others who recognise the value of the contributions young people can make to their communities, as well as the value of international connections.

You can download the toolkit here with all the information! 

Please feel free to contact Vicki Soanes at the NZ National Commission for UNESCO or your local UNESCO office and see if they are able to help you in anyway! 

We want to thank the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO who developed the toolkit to help young people anywhere in the world to organise an LBD event in their local area. It was launched at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March, 2015.

You can find out if there are any events in your area through Facebook here or here. 


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