<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Area 2 Enabling Environment</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><b>DEFINITION:</b></div><div>The activity can achieve and sustain results by improving youth’s enabling environment. An enabling environment is system-based and comprised of the following elements: social (e.g. relationships with peers and adults), normative (e.g., attitudes, norms and beliefs), structural (e.g., laws, policies, and program services) and physical (e.g. safe, supportive spaces).</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><b>OVERARCHING QUESTION:</b></div><div>How does the activity understand and improve societal conditions that affect youth?</div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Area 1 Beneficiaries</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><b>DEFINITION:</b></div><div>The activity’s key beneficiary group (or groups) is clearly identified. If youth comprise a key group, then their location, age, gender, race, ethnicity, education, marital status and socio-economic status are defined and well understood.</div><div><br></div><div><b>OVERARCHING QUESTION:</b></div><div>How is the youth activity focusing on the optimal beneficiary group(s) and addressing their major strengths and needs?</div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Area 3 Youth Participation &amp; Empowerment</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><b>DEFINITION</b></div><div>The activity has approaches and interventions for youth to participate, make decisions, build skills, practice passions and contribute positively to society.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><b>OVERARCHING QUESTION</b></div><div>How is the activity incorporating positive youth development approaches to engage and empower youth and other key adult stakeholders?</div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Area 4 Gender Equality &amp; Social Inclusion</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><b>DEFINITION</b></div><div>The activity uses an inclusive approach to promote the equal rights, responsibilities and benefits for young women and men. This implies that interests, needs and priorities of both young women and men are considered by the activity regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, marital or parenting status, race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic status, geographic area, migratory status and health status.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Overarching Question:</b> How is the activity promoting gender equality and social inclusion?</div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>STEP 1 Assess </b></span></div><div><br></div><div>The first step of the Compass is to review the youth activity’s existing technical framework and results, and then assess its strengths, weaknesses or gaps as they relate to each of the Youth Compass’ four strategic areas (beneficiaries, enabling environment, youth participation and empowerment and gender equality and social inclusion).</div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>STEP 2 Identify Actions</b></span></div><div><br></div><div>The second step translates information gleaned in Step 1 into youth activity–strengthening actions; attains agreements from stakeholders (validation); and prioritizes the strengthening actions. </div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>STEP 3 Integrate &amp; Act</b></span></div><div><br></div><div>The third step integrates the strengthening actions into the youth activity via developing and implementing a plan. Note that the purpose of the Compass is not to create a stand-alone plan, but to seamlessly integrate the strengthening actions into the activity. </div>
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