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Hearing youth voices

Plan International Haiti ensures young people are able to participate in decision-making processes that affect them by inaugurating a Youth Advisory Board.

The official launch of the Youth Advisory Board was held in the presence of representatives from the Haitian authorities, civil society and media members.

This new entity is designed to transmit the views of young people to the state and civilian organisations when it comes to decisions relating to their present life and future.

"We want to remind people that no project can be sustained without the inclusive participation of children and young people, without taking account of their points of view" said Joseph Wascon, a member of the council.

The creation of the Youth Advisory Board is the result of several months of reflections and deep analyses on the multiple social problems faced by communities in Haiti.

Created and supported by Plan International Haiti in 2013, the Board's goal is to conduct community consultations and surveys on the situation of children and young people. After doing this, they produce documents with their recommendations on how issues can potentially be resolved.

Each of Plan International Haiti’s priority areas has a Council of 5 members representing the West, South East and North East. Six of them constitute the national advisory council.