ABOUT U-REPORT
U-Report is a FREE social messaging tool for community participation, designed to address issues that young people care about.
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ABOUT U-REPORT

U-Report is a social messaging tool, pioneered by UNICEF, that is designed to give Jamaican youth a greater voice on issues of national importance. The tagline for U-Report is actually Voice Matters! In May, Jamaica became the first country in the Caribbean to launch U-Report, joining a global movement of over 5 million U-Reporters.


How it works


U-Reporters sign up voluntarily. There are currently two ways for anyone aged 13-29 to become a U-Reporter:


  • SMS: Thanks to support from FLOW, their customers can sign up free via SMS, no data plan needed. Just message the word “JOIN” to 876-838-4897.
  • Facebook Messenger: simply open the app and search for @ureportmessenger and begin the conversation.

On signing up, only three questions are asked: gender, age and parish. We do not ask for names because the data we collect is anonymous. Once signed up, the new U-Reporter starts receiving polls, which are sent twice a month. Each poll is delivered as a message conversation, i.e. we send a question and the replies prompt auto-generated responses from us until the poll is complete. A U-Report poll sent in the morning currently gains at least 500 replies by the end of the first day.


A team of young people help to run U-Report. This includes sharing their ideas on topics and questions for polls. Organisations are welcome to suggest polls on relevant issues affecting children and youth.


The data from U-Report polls is made available to the public in real-time on our website. We share results with colleagues, the media and partners, including government and NGOs.


Why it matters


At the heart of U-Report is an acknowledgement that youth need to have a say in decisions about their own lives, and that typically decision-makers don’t ask for their perspectives.


Since our launch, more than 3,800 U-Reporters have opted-in. They’ve shared their voices on a range of issues. So far, the poll on Youth Mental Health and Suicide had the biggest response – with 1,090 U-Reporters weighing in – and kicked off a national discussion on the issue.


What’s next


We are experimenting and learning! We know for a fact that the more we engage youth and stakeholders, the more effective U-Report can become. We’ve run hands-on sessions with youth to do custom/private polling, and done polls on behalf of partner organisations – requests are welcome! We are adding a new channel soon that we hope will significantly expand our pool of U-Reporters. And we are looking at how we can ensure that poll results lead to strong advocacy and tangible results.



Why Join U-Report?
  • Speak out on what's happening in your community
  • Use U-Report results and information to update and increase citizen's awareness
  • Participate in nationwide campaigns to help improve your country
  • Share what's happening around Jamaica with other U-Reporters
CLICK HERE TO JOIN →

U-REPORT VIDEOS

U-REPORT JAMAICA
MAY 29, 2018
U-Report Jamaica is now LIVE and here to transform the lives of young people all across Jamaica. U-Report is a youth led initiative that is here to give thousands of youth a voice and empower them to become positive agents of change. Join the move... WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE →

U-REPORT SCHOOL TOUR: CAMPERDOWN HIGH
MAY 14, 2018
Over 5 million young people across the globe are using a free social messaging tool called “U-Report” that gives them a unique way to use their voice and work as positive agents of change on behalf of the people in their country. WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE →