Chosen for British Council’s “Active Citizens” Initiative 2019-2020
PSYDEH is thrilled to be chosen to participate in the British Council’s Active Citizens Programme Cycle 2019-2020.
As one of only ten organizations chosen from 250 Mexican NGO applicants, and the only truly grassroots Mexican organization, two PSYDEH staff members are participating in the Active Citizens March 25-29 training in Michoacan, Mexico. Other NGO participants include the global entities MakeSense, The Hunger Project and W.K. Kellogg Foundation and large Mexican outfits like Fundacion Azteca, la Universidad Veracruzana and Pronatura Mexico. Here, PSYDEH staff learn in collaboration with the others the skills we need to integrate Active Citizens methodology into our work.
Active Citizens is the British Council’s social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community led-social development, in part by emphasizing the “Learning Journey,” a multi-phased process through which social action is planned and delivered.
If chosen as one of two final delivery partners post the March workshop, PSYDEH will use the Active Citizens toolkit, and financial assistance from British Council, to design and deliver the training programme to 30+ indigenous women leaders of Hidalgo.
Generally, we expect to leverage this honor into LEARNING new informational delivery, dialogue facilitating and community organizing tools, EVOLVING how we approach our work, and using workshop learning and experience to increase the depth and breadth of how we make SOCIAL IMPACT.
Specifically, and if chosen to be one of two delivery partners in Mexico, PSYDEH will deliver to indigenous women initiative participants the tools and support they need to set up or adapt the way they run their own social action projects to tackle a social issue within their respective communities. These communities might also then be connected globally through international opportunities to share learning and ideas as well as through the website and social media.
Active Citizens was launched in 2009 and has run in 69 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, South and East Asia, the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United Kingdom. Currently, there are over 300,000 trained Active Citizens across the world delivering around 10,000 social action projects. *Active Citizens Annual Report 2017-2018