Creation of Youth Video Diaries:
IYF, in partnership with youth-led CJ Media House, piloted this activity in the VETA and TECC centers in Dar es Salaam. 10 youth received training on video camera operation and storytelling in order to go out into their communities and create video diaries documenting their life and experience as Tanzanian youth and Via program participants. While IYF provided a set of guiding questions to ensure the diaries reflected topics related to economic opportunities, risk factors, protective mechanisms, and program experiences, participants were encouraged to be creative and express their individuality in capturing their experiences. The production firm worked hand-in-hand with youth, sharing technical and creative guidance and collaborating on final edits to make sure the end result showcased each participant’s vision.
Production of Youth-Driven Television Programming:
IYF partnered with Kwetu Studios, a youth-led media entity, to produce a six-part, discussion-based television series facilitated by Via participants from Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, and Mtwara. Featuring topics such as the importance of life skills, career guidance, and job readiness, the series aired on local television and provided youth a creative way to engage with their peers on issues that are important to them.
Conduct Youth Focus Group Discussions and Surveys:
IYF partnered with FXBT Health to conduct a survey and focus group discussions (FGDs) with youth from the Via program. In total, 189 youth completed the survey and 118 more participated in 14 FGDs. The data, collected by youth data collection assistants, investigated participants’ perceptions on 4 key topics: challenges related to employability and entrepreneurship; the benefits of youth engagement; how youth stakeholders could better support youth; and their aspirations and barriers to achieving them.