Innovation Lab workshop with youth and adolescents of Rawajati, one of our partner communities in Jakarta for the Emergency Kit for Adolescents. Pictured here with rapid prototypes they created of their initial concepts for dealing with their community’s emergency issues. Photo credit: Saskia Raishaputri M
Innovation Lab workshop with youth and adolescents of Rawajati, one of our partner communities in Jakarta for the Emergency Kit for Adolescents. Pictured here with rapid prototypes they created of their initial concepts for dealing with their community’s emergency issues. Photo credit: Saskia Raishaputri M

As Indonesia is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, it is critical to ensure that the community is well prepared for disasters, and that the response mechanisms are quick, effective and organized. To meet this objective, UNICEF Indonesia believes it is important to involve adolescents and youth in the different stages of emergency preparedness, planning, and response. Thus, within the framework of innovations in Indonesia, UNICEF Indonesia is developing an emergency toolkit for adolescents in emergencies.

The Emergency Kit for Adolescents focuses on building their capacity to deal with the psycho-social stress of an emergency and be self-empowered to address the risks associated with youth and adolescents in emergency situations. One of the key aspects of the kit is to develop the adolescents’ capacity to be active in preparing for and responding to an emergency. The goal is to do this by giving them skills, methods and tools to create their own adolescent support system and their own solutions.

Currently, the Indonesia Innovation Lab has developed training tools for the adolescent teams to learn and apply user centered design methods from user research to rapid prototyping. Recently the Innovation Lab ran a two day workshop to do the initial training of the adolescent communities. Through that capacity development process, an initial set of concepts was developed by adolescents ranging from ideas around waste management to food supply during flooding. The Innovation Lab is focusing on developing capacity and harnessing that capacity with adolescents to address their needs during the preparation for disasters and responding to emergencies.

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