The Art of Digital Storytelling for Young People
Learning opportunity on creating powerful digital stories for positive change
Recognizing the importance of these skills in today’s world, UNICEF and Beyond Books organized the Digital Storytelling Workshop to offer young people an opportunity to learn how to craft an effective story by balancing content and visual elements and tailoring it to the right audience and platform. The two-day virtual workshop on 17-18 July brought together 65 young people from the UNICEF Youth Committee, I Am UNICEF Volunteer Leaders Programme and UNICEF Clubs, all part of the young leaders network under UNICEF Thailand’s programmes. The workshop aimed to empower young people to become strong advocates for children and youth through creative and impactful storytelling.
In the workshop, participants learned about storytelling techniques, ethical reporting, campaign planning and staying safe online. To be able to effectively lead a campaign and plan community development activities, they also participated in a training on leadership and accountability, learning how to garner support and create trust in their communities. During this session, young people met with real-life leader and UNICEF Communication Officer for volunteer engagement, Nipattra Wilkes, who shared tips on how to be an effective leader that inspires others toward a greater purpose and how to overcome day-to-day challenges of leadership.
Workshop participant Sevil Sena Kesgin from Stamford UNICEF Club said the virtual skills gained from the workshop would be useful both for her academic and personal life, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when many university club activities have shifted online.
“As someone majoring in Broadcast and Journalism, I can apply many tips and frameworks gained from this workshop to projects and campaigns that I am currently working on,” she said. “The toolkit provided at the end of the training will allow me to revisit essential tips for activity planning at any time.”
After the workshop, each participant produced a visual story using the toolkit received from the training to raise awareness about the importance of mental health on their social media platforms. Panthipa Suksirisorn, a youth representative from the UNICEF Youth Committee, created a personal blog on mental health tips for young people and designed and published infographics to share self-care tips on International Self-Care Day on 24 July.
“I really enjoyed the workshop session on content creation. The session empowered me to continue raising awareness about the importance of mental health in my community. I learned that there are many ways to showcase compelling content and make an impact in society,” said Suksirisorn.Over the past years, young people in Thailand have participated in the creation of impactful campaigns and community development activities, voicing issues important to their communities – and this virtual workshop was the first step for this group of young people in their digital storytelling journey for positive change. Promoting engagement, empowerment and participation of young people is a key part of UNICEF’s work. We empower young people to become drivers of change through capacity building and providing young people with platforms where they can speak out on the issues that impact their lives. Every child deserves a fair chance in life and together we can create a real impact on the lives of every child in Thailand and around the world. Learn how you can be on a journey with UNICEF in building a better life for every child by joining I Am UNICEF activities or starting a UNICEF Club in your school!
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