Youth emerging as Leaders and Game changers for Peace and Reconciliation
Many youth groups are involved in the different forms of agriculture such as piggery, goat rearing, bee keeping, tree planting, poultry farming, subsistence farming, and communal farming. This is done with the aim of raising food as a means of livelihood, as well as raising money to support their family basic needs. Groups involved in agriculture include Amach Youth in Development Group Amach Sub-county, Okile New Hope in Agali Sub-county in Lira and Anyim Mabere in Uyama Sub-county Yele Ber Youth Group in Awach Sub-county, and Watayo Youth Group in Bardege Sub-county Gulu district.
Several youth groups have been established in order to implement activities, which include psychosocial support programs and sensitization regarding HIV and reproductive health. Activities are carried out in schools and the respective communities. They encourage positive changes of behaviour, in particular promoting healthy sexual behaviour. Some of the groups focusing on health are Paluo-Oribe Iteko in Bobi Sub-county (Gulu), Tampi Diki in Palaro Sub-county (Gulu) and Facilitation for Youth in Development in Adekokwok Sub-county (Lira), Lalogi youth friendly sevices, Awach straight talk club, and the Koro youth group.
Art, Music and Drama
Youth groups use art as to inspire positive behavior changes on peace building. The art forms include traditional folk songs, drama, dances, skits, and poems. The chosen art forms demonstrate the youths’ attachment to their culture and the importance of traditional institutions, as well as the role of art and culture in discovering a national identity. Art for peace has been embraced by most youth groups, including Rwot Lakica in Lakwana Sub-county (Gulu), Ribe Ryemo Can in Palaro Sub-county (Gulu), Lalogi Youth Friendly in Lalogi Sub-county (Gulu), Art Forms (Lira), Never Give Up in Adyel (Lira) and Nen Anyim in Ogur Sub-county (Lira).
Sports is fun, recreational and not only promotes physical well-being, but also builds team spirit and, in a wider sense, solidarity. Sports helps people from different communities come together and develop better understanding of each other facilitating reconciliation. Youth groups such as Lalogi United Youth Group in Lalogi Sub-County Warib-cing Youth Group in Nwoya, Ongako One Stop Youth Group in Ongako Sub-county in Gulu, Okonyere Kenwa Youth group in Agweng, Aromo Youth Group in Aromo Sub-county, Bango Bango Moko in Ngetta Sub-county in Lira.
Income generating activities
As independence and progress are difficult to imagine when one has an empty pocket, youth groups have also embraced income generating activities such as brick making, weaving, and small scale entrepreneurship. A continued progress in the standard of living achieved by self-initiative, builds confidence, and promotes productivity. All the groups are engaged in Income Generating As within their communities.
VSLA (Voluntary Savings and Loan Associations)
The established youth groups have contributed successfully to bringing up peace builders who work toward bridging the gaps caused by the post war experience. These established structures are deeply involved in different activities that aim at peace building and community development. This youth engagement also clearly demonstrates the role young people play in peace building as they lead by example and help others to understand the aspect of peace and reconciliation.