FUSE 2016 - Outcome
Overwhelming feedback from delegates reflected that FUSE 2016 was a successful event with significant outcomes for delegates, resulting in broader networks (with peers, organisations, MPs and other decision-makers), as well as increased skills and knowledge.
The majority of delegates expressed interest in future advocacy work in their local communities and with MYAN. Delegates valued the opportunity to voice their opinions, discuss issues of importance, develop recommendations, share their experiences with peers, and develop practical skills and knowledge. They also requested further support to continue to apply their advocacy skills and connect with each other.
What did they learn?
- 99% of delegates indicated they learnt new skills at FUSE 2016 which could help them in future leadership and advocacy.
- 80% reported that they were very likely to apply the skills learned to promote the rights and interests of young people. The same delegates also stated they would get involved in advocacy, community organising and events to engage other young people and to work to create change in their community.
- 67% felt more confident with their advocacy skills and knowledge.
- 71% reported feeling more confident with their leadership skills and knowledge.
- 53% felt more confident in their community organising and networking skills.
I loved the amount of support by FUSE organisers. The energy, the idea of directly speaking to government representatives and that we were able to do it in the best ways we knew how (creative freedom).
Top 5 lessons
- Different leadership styles
- Using storytelling as an advocacy tool
- Importance of self-care
- How to apply skills in a community context
- Understanding what advocacy is and the forms it can take