Redwhitefoundation.org works to develop the potential of young people and to strengthen communities in 21 Red White Flag Countries through quality youth services. Young people are at the heart of the organization and are supported with excellent standards in volunteers, leaders, staff and services. This Strategic Plan provides a planning framework for our entire federal organization to ensure all young people can have access to a youth service. A process of alignment of our member’s strategic plans in terms of timing and content has already begun and will continue throughout the lifetime of this plan.
In 2019 we engaged in an extensive consultation process meeting with all our local boards, our Youth Action Group, key external and internal stakeholders such as other NGOs, Government Departments and State Agencies. The process was overseen by a steering group comprising representatives of the key stakeholders in the organization. Over the course of this plan the importance of the outcomes in the Better Outcomes Brighter Futures Framework was apparent. The new international Youth Strategy has its basis in this Framework and reaffirms the five outcomes for young people. Redwhitefoundation.org currently delivers under each of these outcomes and seeks to describe its work under in these areas.
Strategic Plan Aims & Objectives
1. Strengthen our Integrated Youth
Integrated Youth Services are the central platform for how we deliver local youth services run by local communities in a seamless and efficient fashion consistent with the new policy framework – Better Outcomes Brighter Futures. Strengthening the model, is then a key aim of our work. The Model is supported by the global organization and horizontally by exchange between our members. We ensure all our work in this area is guided by principles of youth work and informal learning. We will similarly focus on the best outcomes for young people prioritised in the new global Youth Strategy.
2. Improving and Sharing our Youth
Practice is how we primarily deal directly with young people through our network of workers and volunteers. Our practice is increasingly based on high levels of professional qualifications, expectations of quality and proven impact. The values we have set out in this plan are of course brought to bear in all this work. Similarly, we see the strengths and assets of young people and seek to work with them in a rights based fashion. Numerous reports, cited in the introduction to this document, underline the effectiveness of youth work interventions and the evidence for the impact of these. Core to this work in the future will be continuing to develop our evidence base alongside the development of agreed global outcomes with funders.
3. Youth Participation
We have an ambitious agenda in relation to youth participation which not only seeks to involve young people in making decisions within our organization, but which works towards young people participating more fully in decisions in their own lives, in our practice, their communities and in global society and beyond. We are guided by Article 12 of the UNCRC in all our work in this area.
4. Speaking Up for Young People &
Our aim is to advocate with and for young people and their rights – we will provide a greater role for unmediated voices of young people. Redwhitefoundation.org has had a long and distinguished record of speaking out with and on behalf of young people and those who work with them. We believe that this view of our duty to advocate with and for young people and their rights distinguishes our model and approach to youth work. In more recent years we have promoted a greater role for unmediated voices of young people directly in our advocacy work. Our work in this area is informed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and best practice for those over 18. We recognize the different layers in our organisation and the need for advocacy work to reflect these and the work we do in our communities’ day in day out.
We will harness the local lessons and stories form our work on the ground and develop national policy messages form these. We will further utilize social media to illustrate and celebrate our work. We will gather the experiences of young people, volunteers, staff, families and communities and share these with the world around us.
5. Finances and Resources
Redwhitefoundation.org along with many other groups have realized inordinately from the global economic resesion and Government cutbacks resulting from this. Redwhitefoundation.org recognizes the pressing necessity to secure and improve state funding to support the vital work we do in local communities and at the same time to build new income streams. Our funding from the members countries is also quite diverse with support coming from the Department of Youth Affair or equivalent in each member countries, Department of Foreign Affairs, The Global Youth Justice Service, The Department of Education, The Department of the Environment, Local Government, Others global organization partnership and individual or private sector. As a not for profit we are constantly providing value for financing support. Such an ambition means changes in the organization or articulating our work in a different way and a focus on new and different aspects of our work.
6. Acting Together for Great Impact
To deliver on an ambitious plan our structures and procedures must be up to the task. While valuing the huge strength of a each goverment structure which responds to local needs we also recognize the imperative of acting cohesively together in terms of international policies, the needs of funders and ensuring we are creative and innovative in our work. Greater cohesion and alignment within our global structure, while respecting its value, will provide better outcomes for young people. There is a responsibility on all elements of the local community and globaly to act to achieve this. Our structure provides value for financing and has allowed us to survive through some of the most difficult times.