Courtesy of Staying Alive Initiative
Lessons learnedSara Piot on the progression of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation grant programme
One of the primary things that we’ve seen through this programme is that investment in capacity building for young people is just as valuable as the money that we give them, if not more so. With this training we’ve added so much to the personal development of these young leaders and to the development of each organisation – you can’t do that with cash alone. We also recognise that although young people are best positioned to effectively reach their peers, like anyone else, they need support. I think this programme gives that support in a way that’s meaningful and sustainable. And that’s something that we hear from our grantees all the time – they’ve never had a programme that has given them this kind of support before, and it’s invaluable to them.