Beginning from 2021 there are some changes to Train the Trainer reports. The biggest of them being that the participating countries are from now on asked direct questions in order to make answering the report easier. The answers in this particular report are from member(s) of YOTA team Sweden
How was the last summer in your country when it comes to youth work within ham radio? Did you come up with any new exciting ideas?
The last summer was very empty. After NOTA had to be cancelled, the youth team decided to await the COVID development before planning more. And since it didn’t ease up. No activitites were done
How have your activities changed in the past six months? Have you been able to hold e.g. online events or activities within a smaller group of people?
No, although, for DYM we invited everybody to run from home and also all OM:s to join the event with children and grandchildren in the correct way. This was appreciated, but not as fun as usual, since we couldn’t meet.
What kind of activities and operating possibilities did you have during the recent December YOTA Month? How did your activities differ from last year, and how did people respond to them?
Usually, we would have three local camps in south, middle and north Sweden. This year, all amateurs were invited to join alone if they were in YOTA age, and with their children or grandchildren (they were all responsible to do this following the local COVID advisements). The response was not the greatest, but it was still appreciated amongst the participants
What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society?
Recruitment is still a big deal. Youngsters enjoy the hobby when trying but feel that the step to a license is too big. However, we hope to get a novice class, which would make this a lot easier!
Anything else that comes to your mind or you want to share?
I am personally very happy to see, that the YOTA community stays together even in those times. Watching the YOTA group chats give many laughs, and it’s nice to see all the messages about ham radio, projects and anything else. That warms the heart in a cold world!
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