Focus on youth involvement in the Asia-Pacific Region dates back to the 1970s through regional conference resolutions, reinforced with a world conference resolution in 1990. The first ever regional seminar was held in Thailand on 13th-16th November focusing mainly on youth involvement. There were 40 participants from 15 National Scout Organizations.
Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed explained the series of world and regional conference resolutions on youth involvement and empowerment. Anne Whiteford, representing the World Educational Methods Committee, presented the draft Youth Involvement Vision and Strategy, which arises from the Korea conference resolution and will be presented to the Brazil Conference. Participants shared their thoughts on the draft.
The workshop discussed and explored involvement at various levels – units, community, and institution and concluded with strategic actions to be taken at national level.
Representing the Programme Sub-committee were Malcolm Tan (Singapore), Manabu Hiratsuka (Japan), and Prapatpong Senarith (Thailand). Young Adult Members Group (YAMG) was represented by Seo Ji Eun (Korea), Mohd Hafiz Ariffin (Malaysia), and Krittee Tantivisukul (Thailand). Former and first batch YAMG members Netsai Khamairn and Manabu shared the challenges for YAMG for the last three cycles since its formation in 2004. NSO representatives were largely Programmes Commissioners, senior volunteers and professionals.
The region's first Vice Chairman Mr Prakorb Mukura inaugurated the workshop at Vajiravudh Scout Training Centre and Syd Castillo from APR office was the coordinator.