Fiscal Year 2014
In 2014, Youth Star reviewed our strategic direction and program objectives for our volunteers introducing a program focused on educational outputs at village level. With this focus we aim to track the impact of volunteerism on both the volunteer and youth, through their civic engagement, and the communities they serve in terms of the educational achievements of the children.
- In 2014, a volunteer, Mr. Tong Kea completed the services in Kampong Thom Province and attained employment with Baitong MFI. In the same year, another former volunteer, Ms. Chorn Sopheak, also obtained employment with AII.
- From 2014, seven volunteers remained in their communities. They are working on the development of youth clubs including building the capacity of youth in the community to manage the clubs independently of a Youth Star volunteer. These volunteers are writing stories of change and documenting the tangible impact of their work in the communities.
- Our female volunteer, Ms. Veasna Sophea, was invited to share her experience of civic engagement and community development through volunteerism at the Global Saemaul Leadership Forum 2014 at South Korea.
- Through their service, our volunteers provided benefits to children and young people in the communities where they worked. In 2014, volunteers focused on teaching basic Khmer and English, establishing youth clubs which promote literacy skills and through leadership and community campaigns raised the awareness of domestic and gender based violence and community safety and security. In addition, our volunteers addressed environmental issues such as plastic pollution and safe water and safe migration.
Partnership with SIPAR
Youth Star is proud of the strong and continuing partnership that we have with SIPAR.
Reading promotion: Our Youth Star volunteers and community youth in nine communes were trained by Sipar to support the communal Center Education For All (CEFA) program and the launch of a new mobile activity ‘The Backpack Library (Biblio Sac à Dos)’.
- Today, 60 backpack libraries with 50 books each circulate in 9 communes, carried by 140 members of Youth Clubs and reaching more than 1000 readers per month enabling the development of good reading habits and self-learning among children, youth and adults in remote areas.
Tutoring of slow learners: An innovative strategy to prevent school failure by slow learners from poor families is implemented through a system of peer based teaching, known as ‘Small Teachers’ in Cambodia. Volunteers provide after school tutoring class in Math and Khmer for slow learners in primary school. They received educational materials and technical training, through the cooperation with Mith Samlanh, Kape and SIPAR.
- Today, 100 Small Teachers provide tutoring classes to more than 800 pupils in 9 communes enabling them to improve their ability to learn and decrease the risk of repetition and drop out.
Awareness activities: Through parades, shows, exhibitions, games, songs on a range of social issues such as domestic violence, environment protection, school enrolment, children rights Youth Star volunteers promote civic responsibility.
- A total of 2000 to 6000 people in remote area are sensitized on crucial environmental and social issues.
Capturing the Impact: A ten-minute documentary capturing the partnership with SIPAR was produced with endorsement of H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron Minister of Education, Youth and Sports. This documentary profiling our youth clubs, current and ex-Youth Star volunteers, and community partners is used for volunteer recruitment.
Project was conducted in partnership with PyD
The ‘Good Men Campaign’ project harnesses the skills and commitment of Youth Star volunteers to empower and develop members of community youth clubs to promote gender equality and raise awareness of the causes of Violence Against Women (VAW). Youth Star volunteers are trained to initiate community conversations about VAW and to empower young people and other community members to take steps to prevent gender-based violence in their communities by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviour.
In this project volunteers create a space for young people in rural communities to have meaningful peer discussions on values, sexual rights and gender relationships. This approach also supports a network of men and boys to work on gender-based violence issues through long term information exchange and activity.
- Three volunteers placed in Kampong Thom Province facilitated the initiation of three separate men‘s networks in three communities with between nine to twenty members in each network. 47 male members of the network received training from Youth Star volunteers on the concept of gender equality, domestic violence and its negative impacts, and men’s roles in combating domestic violence.
- Ten school dialogues have been conducted by two volunteers based in Kok Ngoun and Panh Chi. These dialogues attracted over 200 students and provided an opportunity for students to enter into open discussion about key issues related to violence against women/girl and men’s roles in preventing such violence in their community.
- Two Good Men Campaigns were organized in each of the three targeted communities with approximately 15%-20% of the costs being provided by contributions both in-kind and in-cash from the communities. These six campaigns held in Kampong Thom Province attracted over two thousand participants. The three male volunteers and youth club members are playing an important role in conducting the campaign at community level. They actively communicate with local authorities as well as villagers and other youth in community and raise the need for such campaigns. The campaigns aim to bring to communities key messages aimed to challenge men to be the best they can be. The campaigns are launched with a mass walk, a quiz on violence against women and girls,, a drama performance, and in some cases home follow up visits. The dramas performed by youth clubs are seen as attractive ways for gathering people to disseminate messages on violence against women and girls including raising the need to address such violence. The audiences expressed their enjoyment and wished to see more.
Here are some of Youth Star’s highlights for 2013:
2013 was a year of strengthening, celebration and growth for Youth Star Cambodia. We worked to acknowledge and reward all the good work done so far by our volunteers, alumni and the Youth Star team, as well as to move forward and meet new challenges.
Group 17 successfully complete their placements
Our Group 17 volunteers lived with their local communities for one year and worked with their community leaders and residents to positively engage with social issues. You can read about how this experience has affected them in their “Stories of Change”. Some of their activities included: setting up Youth Clubs, providing educational support and running campaigns to promote gender-equality and to prevent gender based violence.
Two Youth Star volunteers each led two campaigns for the ‘We are Good Men’ campaign, supported by Paz y Desarollo (seen above), and the ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’, supported by UN Women (pictured below). Four hundred people in the local communities participated in these campaigns to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.
Youth Star put on its “Achievement Certificate Ceremony” to award our inspiring volunteers with certificates of completion for their 12-18 months of service. The event was attended by over 300 guests including 60 former volunteers. We were honoured to have the certificates presented by our Board of Directors member H.E. Dr. HUN Manet. We would also like to extend our thanks to Oknha Dr. Mengly J. QUACH, Board of Directors member, for hosting the event at the American Intercon School.
Youth Star Alumni put on a “Back to School” campaign to encourage parents to send their children to school. Youth Star Alumni have continued to show their commitment to the values and vision of Youth Star throughout the year through events such as this and their continuous support with current volunteers.
Forty Youth Star volunteers and alumni represented Youth Star at the International Volunteer Day forum amongst 600 other volunteers from local and international organisations. Youth Star was also honoured to have representatives from the United Nations Volunteer team travel to Kompong Thom province to visit the work of two of Youth Star’s volunteers serving there.
Youth Star celebrated a busy year with our annual Gala– this time with a ‘Roaring Twenties’ theme. The Gala was a huge success; attended by 470 guests and raising over $37,000 for future Youth Star projects.
2012 proved to be a successful year as we achieved our goals of having our Youth Star volunteers serve as role models and practice good citizenship for our educational project on pro poor community development and our ‘Good Men’ project addressing issues around domestic violence.
•The 2012 Gala Dinner was a huge success and was attended by 480 guests.
•Youth Star volunteers attended the 2nd National Forum on Volunteerism and a celebratory fair for International Volunteer Day organised on behalf of the National Committee for the Promotion of Volunteerism in Cambodia and under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.
•Youth Star continues to be an active member of VOLCAM :a network of international and national volunteering agencies in Cambodia, who promote volunteerism in Cambodia.
• One former volunteer and one member of staff attended this year’s Asia Pacific Regional Commemoration on UNiTE to End Violence Against Women in Bangkok, Thailand, organised by the United Nations Secretary-General.
•One of our staff was selected to be UN Youth Advisory Panel Member in Cambodia.
• Of the 10 volunteers that graduated in 2012; two are in Hawaii with the World Wide Farmers internship and the rest have jobs in their field with organisations such as CEDAC and Mong Rithy.
•We received the Rising Star award from the STARS Foundation.
•The SIPAR project on Pro-Poor Education and PyD project on Youth Engagement in Preventing Violence against Women, focusing on The Good Men Campaign reached 5,474 beneficiaries (3,160 females).
The Education project reached 1879 beneficiaries.
The Gender Based Violence project reached 1058 beneficiaries.
The Health and Well Being project reached 1167 beneficiaries.
The Sustainable Livelihood project reached 664 beneficiaries .
The Good Governance project reached 706 beneficiaries.