The organizers are recommended to schedule their activities carefully in order to avoid lack of participation due to transportation schedules, weather conditions, national and religious holidays etc. Depending on the activity, we suggest to the organizers that they start preparations at least two weeks prior, in order to avoid unexpected situations. To be on the safe side, we strongly suggest that they have a plan B as well (alternative venue, confirm participants’ presence, provide experienced facilitators, ensure safe space for sharing hateful narratives, etc.). In order to achieve diversity, consider using every potential source to have participants from different backgrounds such as religion, gender, ethnic background, etc. in your activities. Try to rely on local community role models and influencers, various educational institutions (schools, institutes, universities, etc. ), local, regional and national authorities, youth and other civic organization, media and other public entities. Invest more time and energy in creating a more welcoming and cooperative working team and environment. Try to use alternative incentives to motivate the youth workers in your team to give their best due to the fact that some of these activities will be implemented for the first time in some of the communities, so the lack of experience is quite expected.
If the implementing partner organizations do not have the financial support to implement their activities, they are recommended to incorporate these activities in the already existing schemes or ongoing projects of their organization in order to ensure support and sustainability. Also, there is a possibility to ask for the kind support from various local stakeholders. In order to reach to a larger audience and have a bigger impact of the activities, there is need for a systematic approach in dissemination of activities’ outcomes that are involving young people both from disadvantaged groups and majority population. These activities have to be part of a comprehensive communication plan which needs to consist of a series of activities that aim to put into practice developed counter/alternative narratives. Don’t be afraid to learn from your own experiences and mistakes. Keep in mind that you are most probably pioneers in development and putting into practice counter and alternative narratives in your community. Your efforts can contribute in bridging many gaps that disadvantaged young people have faced for a long time. You should be proud of that.