Updated Apr 04, 2018


PASSA (The Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness) Youth


Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Joint projectbetween Habitat for Humanity and the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societiess
60 community teennagers and IFRC/ Habitat volunteers + 2 comunities exposed to the tool
We have been implementing PASSA for the last 5 years in collaboration with IFRC. Passa was utilized in the response to the Nepal Earthquake by diverse organizations. For instance, in Costa Rica a street artist served as a mentor to Youth and in collaboration they created a work of public art as an awareness tool.

Registered in Costa Rica.

Focus Areas:

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Education, Health and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Education, Health, Housing and Infrastructure, Youth and Digital Inclusion & ConnectivitySEE LESS

Mission and Vision

10,500 young leaders in the next 3 years, in 10 countries and 70 cities.

Innovation Description

We are empowering young people as change agents in the 21st century to build resilient communities through a Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness (PASSA) that aims to develop local capacity to reduce shelter-and-settlements-related risk . The IFRC seeks to support youth to develop skills in joint analysis, learning, and decision-making to enable them to take actions towards the prevention of violence and high social risk in their neighborhoods.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Bringing PASSA into the digital age is the key to its adap-tation for youth, with a special emphasis on participatory methodologies that incorporate social networks and multimedia resources, and the viability of using these technologies in vulnerable communities where PASSA is needed. The methodology is enriched not only for the target group (youth aged 13-17); enhancements in the documentation and systematization, in connecting remote communities with similar problems, and in expanding the range of tools for diagnosing and finding solutions would be relevant and inspiring for participants of all ages. ​The aim of PASSA is to develop local capacity to reduce shelter-related risks by raising awareness and developing skills in joint analysis, learning and decision-making at community level.There are three priorities for moving from pilot to global roll out: 1. Reaching at least 10,000 adolescents in 70 cities in 10 countries over the next 3 years. A training structure has to be in place both within IFRC and with global partners. In the first phase a small core global team will train regional trainers that in turn will train facilitators who will then run PASSA Youth activities with young participants. As part of this first phase, regional trainers will be identified to enlarge the core team and make the second phase more cost-efficient. 2. Making PASSA Youth sustainable by articulating with synergic initiatives, cultivating a PASSA Youth network to share resources and expertise, and devising a knowledge management strategy. 3. Amplifying the impact supporting the implementation of approximately 350 community projects that can benefit from seed funding and connections with local supporters, tool developers and potential co-funders.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted10,500


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