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Hi Kathleen,
thank you so much for sharing more about your work! It's great to learn from others who have already more experience and a bigger network. It's great to read that your approach reflects what has worked for us as well so far. We've been depending on our local networks to reach youth for our program. However, I really loved the parent-related approach you are mentioning: that's spot on what we have been realizing lately, the importance of convincing parents as well. We're still developing a strategy there so I'm really thankful to hear how you're dealing with it. We are in the middle of implementing our pilot program in Europe & Northern Africa (by the way, the price on the website also reflects that) and are building up the organization in Latin America at the same time. Our program has a very similar structure to yours: 10 days in-person program, 5 months online / project implementation and finally 4 days final event.

HI Kathleen, this project sounds great! Kudos. Since at NOW we have very similar goals and approaches, I'm curious to hear how you are dealing with the following challenge: how are you reaching your target group and how are you helping them overcome the barriers that might keep them from participating in your program? It would be great to connect and share experiences!