In a July 2022 post about the NextGen RH Community of Practice (CoP), the authors announced the structure of the platform, its advisory committee members, and its new design process. This blog post will cover major structural advancements the team is making to ensure the successful recruitment and retention of future members.
NextGen RH is dedicated to serving as an interactive platform for collaboration, innovation, knowledge sharing, and knowledge management within the adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) sphere. The CoP is headed by two co-chairs in collaboration with 13 advisory committee members based in Asia and Africa.
The advisory committee members have met once every month since April 2022 to co-design a collaborative Community of Practice led by young people.
The design meetings feature interactive discussions and exercises to foster trust, vulnerability, and open conversation about critical issues facing the field of AYSRH. Furthermore, the Advisory Committee recognizes its role in fostering the learning of its members, and organizes mini skill shot workshops to increase cross-learning skills and collaboration. Workshops focused on topics such as public speaking, building strategies, and content creation, among others.
Throughout the process of establishing an effective and diverse working model for a youth-led CoP, the team has done the following:
Objective 1: AYSRH Research and Documentation
Objective 2: Advocacy
Objective 3: Partnership and Engagement
Objective 4: Knowledge Sharing
In the coming months, NextGen RH will look to formalize its structure and engage a broader member base. The CoP is looking for members based in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Members will include professionals from ages 18-35, as well as older professionals working within the AYSRH sector, to engage at various levels. Interest forms for membership will be available beginning in March 2023. If you’d like to be the first to get updates on NextGen RH, subscribe to the Knowledge SUCCESS newsletter.