The Youth and Community Advocacy Network or ‘YouCAN’ is a network of advocates which strives to garner support at the community level by creating the demand for good quality early childhood development (ECD) and family support services.
The YouCAN was conceptualised by the CCSI, with a view to furthering its youth, community involvement and advocacy thrust. As a part of this effort, rovers, parents, interns, high school and college students, teachers, community activists, parents, ECD practitioners, journalists and anyone interested in early childhood development issues will be engaged and encouraged to join this network.
We intend to double our advocacy efforts by fully engaging our partners and stakeholders at the micro-level and the launch of the YouCAN is the first step. This micro-level engagement will see capacity building among young persons to allow them to become advocates or champions for ECD. The YouCAN aims to instill a sense of empowerment in youth and communities and charge them with the responsibility of lobbying for improved services.
The YouCAN’s two broad aims are to garner support towards the sustainability of the RCP in countries where the programme exists and to lobby for improved ECD facilities and services throughout disadvantaged communities.
How YouCAN Operates
Why a Youth/Community Focus?