IDare believes in youth as the driving force towards development as a comprehensive sustainable concept where social, economic and political dimensions are equally respected. We believe in the transformative power of positive behavior change led by youth. We are committed to supporting the creation of peaceful societies built upon engaged individuals taking control of their own lives and building solutions leading to sustainable development.
In a current context of growing apathy, social conflicts, and violence, we are in need of more engaged and active conscious citizens to counter these trends. There is a substantive gap between the current level of engagement that exists in the world and the level of engagement IDare is trying to generate. However, since young people have historically shown that they have the potential to be active and inspiring models for society, to generate innovative ideas and to lead positive change for themselves and others, we believe they are best placed to lead this movement.
Our vision of change rests on the belief that youth are able to determine the critical issues, causes, and pathways necessary to generate positive behavior change in their societies. They can spearhead the process of change and can lead to real results for others affected by their changes.
Building on several years of engagement with youth in Jordan, IDare has identified three essential components that enhance the capacity of youth to use their agency to lead social change: when they have increased abilities and strengthened competencies that allow them to act on change, when they have increased access to resources and tools that allow them to determine and lead change and when their operating environment is receptive to their proposed changes.
Although the first component related to youth increasing their abilities and competencies is central in developing their agency, the three components can be worked on separately if needed. However, optimal change can be achieved if each component is addressed in connection to one other. Furthermore, youth will have ownership over which component would work best in accordance to their needs and priorities.
1. Investment in youth’s abilities and competencies.
2. Access to tools and spaces for youth to apply their agency.
3. Enabling environment for youth to exercise their agency.
IDare operates with a model of developing self-awareness, inner readiness, enhancing knowledge, developing skills and changing attitudes through a process of lifelong learning. Individuals can, therefore, become empowered to select issues, changes, and mechanisms that they identify as being the most suitable for the positive changes that matter most to them. All work on abilities has an additional focus on incorporating technical capacity building, such as structured dialogue, violent extremism, and countering hate speech. IDare also provides training, workshops and one on one coaching to better develop their abilities and competencies for them to lead changes.
IDare supports youth through improving their access to tools and resources. These tools and resources can offer youth safe spaces to explore their ideas, or platforms to magnify their reach. This combination of platforms, safe spaces, access to funding and networking opportunities allows for youth to achieve their potential in a flexible environment. Some examples of these tools and resources are; daring hub, e-spaces & knowledge hub, makers space, creation hub, building national & regional coalitions, funding, and networking.
Through a power and context analysis, I Dare identified that policy influencing and advocacy work could help improve the enabling environment for youth. Policy and advocacy work can be an effective tool at countering harmful and counter-productive perceptions of youth in society and by legal, political, social and economic institutions. Policy influencing strategies can be especially effective at creating a legal-political framework that can protect youth seeking to promote positive change.