Adolescents and youth engagement in the Symposium

Please click here for the detailed note on the engagement of Adolescents and Youth before, during and after the symposium.


In the pre-symposium phase, starting from mid-October, young people will have the opportunity to be involved through one or several of the below actions.

a. Members of the Steering Committee (SC):

What? The Steering Committee is the group of people planning and organizing the symposium and all related activities and events.

For Who? Young people who have been selected to be part of the steering committee.

How? As a member of the steering committee, you will provide your feedback and inputs online. You will be invited to participate in the steering committee activities (e.g. calls), share your ideas and feedback on the planning of the symposium. To ensure you can participate meaningfully, we will provide translation/adaptation of documents that require your input.

b. Poster/Video Competition:

What? Poster/Videos on research conducted by young people on issues of concern to young people will be presented at the symposium. This is an opportunity to present and disseminate the work done by young people.

For Who? Young people from all types of backgrounds that are or have conducted research.

How? Guidelines for the poster competition will be disseminated from mid-October through UNICEF and partner networks, social media and any other channel that can reach many young people in the MENA region. Young people interested in participating must apply to the poster competition. They will prepare a poster/video explaining their research. Posters will be selected by the steering committee according to criteria. Winners to the poster competition will be invited to present their work at the symposium in Amman, Jordan.

c. Forum: 

e-Forums information (English)

e-Forums information (Arabic) عربى

What? we are proposing to hold e-forums on what are the current challenges to translate research into scaled up action for young people. These forums will run from mid-October. We plan to use different forum platforms that are already available among partners.

For Who? All young people in the MENA region who are interested in sharing their views on the topics of the e-forums.

How? Young people who participate in these e-forums will share their views and/or participate as moderators. The main conclusions that arise from these e-forums will be shared during the symposium.

Details on how to join these e-forums will be disseminated through UNICEF and partner networks.

d. Social networks:

What? We would like to have adolescents and youth support in the dissemination of key messages through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  We will develop the messages using existing evidence, quotes from adolescents and youth and publications that gather adolescents and youth perspectives.

For Who? Young people involved in any of the activities related to the symposium + young people following the symposium on social media.

How? A social media toolkit will be shared with adolescents and youth engaged in organizations’ initiatives.

e. Bloggers: 

What? We are proposing to invite young people like you to write blogs for our Symposium Website, sharing field stories of participatory research and translation of research into action.

For Who? Young people involved in any of the activities related to the symposium + any other young people.

How? Write blogs through Voices of Youth and other platforms (?). Details will be shared soon.


Note: adolescents and youth should comprise at least 30% of participants. We are expecting approx. 100 participants. The approx. 30 adolescents and youth will be identified by members of the Steering Committee and through the youth poster competition.

  1. Plenary: ~12 Adolescents and Youth researchers from Syria, Jordan and Lebanon will present the findings of the Hopes and Aspirations research during the plenary session (they will decide the format – e.g. role playing+presentation; video+presentation, other).
  2. Presenters during other sessions: adolescents and youth will be invited to present their experiences/work for the three streams (Stream leading organizations should plan on how to involve youth as presenters).
  3. Moderators: adolescents and youth will be invited to moderate panel sessions (within the three streams or in plenary sessions).
  4. Participants: adolescents and youth that are active in social/civic/economic engagement activities, as well as youth advocates, are invited to join the event to fully participate in all sessions.
  5. Poster/video presenters: winners of the poster/video competition will be invited to join the event and present their research.
  6. Presenters during the donors’ meeting: 3 adolescents/youth will be nominated by the young people attending the symposium to join the Donors’ meeting (November 22) to share the main discussions and key recommendations from the Evidence Symposium.
  7. Social networks: we would like to have adolescents and youth support in the dissemination of key messages through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the event.
  8. Interviewers: we would like to engage adolescents and youth like you in gathering quotes from participants about their experience in the event and their views on the future of research on Adolescents and Youth for the MENA region.  These quotes will be used to enrich the Symposium report.


  1. We are still thinking about the post-symposium phase…can we pick your brain
    • Suggestions: a recording (available in Arabic) of the Evidence Symposium will be made available to country offices/partner organizations.  Each office/partner will organize a short event (approx. within 7 days of the evidence symposium)  to gather adolescents and youth perspectives on the key recommendations resulting from the Evidence Symposium.  A report with main reactions/recommendations will be shared by each country office/partner.  The content of the reports will be integrated into the main report of the Evidence Symposium.
    • Advocates: we expect adolescents and young people to be supported by partners to take an active role at regional, national, community and individual level advocating for the issues and for implementing their individual civic, social and economic engagement plans.


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