STEP 4 – CHILD INVOLVEMENT
There are various activities and working methods you can use when you have to involve the Kid Democrats in how the housing area can be made even better. The activities all contribute to giving the children a voice in the residential areas. It can be a good idea to vary activities and ways of working, as children are different and have different interests, needs and skills.
There are four overall child engagement activities and a large number of different forms of work-methods under the individual activities, e.g. joint discussions, group work, workshops and "walk and talk".
Photo and video safari
Meeting with decision maker
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7 good tips for involving children in activities
Talk to the parents of the Kid Democrats about Kids Democracy and obtain the necessary permissions
Collaborate with the housing association board on activities in Kids Democracy
Involve local actors for professional and practical support, this could for example be the school during an excursion or the fire service when setting up a bonfire pit
Focus on building relationships both between the children and between children and adults. Create space for fun and coziness – it strengthens the community
Vary between different activities and ways of working, as children have different needs and resources. In general, avoid too many adult words and long adult monologues
Provide snacks and drinks, it helps the good mood, and the children may need it in the afternoon
Evaluate via informal conversation to get an impression of the children's experience of the activity
Kids Democracy ambassadors
Experienced Kid Democrats can be appointed as "Kids Democracy Ambassadors". They can act as role models both inside and outside the neighborhood. In the neighborhood, they can pass on their experiences to new Kid Democrats and thereby contribute to ensuring a possible generational change in Kids Democracy. They can also help the operating staff carry out the activities of Kids Democracy.
Outside the neighborhood, they can spread knowledge about Kids Democracy by, for example, giving presentations at conferences. The role of Kids Democracy Ambassadors can also help to retain experienced Kid Democrats in Kids Democracy.
When the children are appointed as Kid Democracy Ambassadors, they experience that they can contribute something special.
It is an important pat on the back.
Søren Lillevang, Property Manager, AKB Ved Milestedet, Rødovre