Insight & Empathy

by Manya Dotson, Project Director, Adolescents 360, PSI The piece below originally appeared on the A360 Learning Hub. In 2016, A360’s public health professionals, professional designers, young people, an anthropologist, and a developmental scientist had deep conversations with girls all over Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. It was formative research, but in line with the human-centered

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Can Deep Insight Lead to More Effective Action?

by Manya Dotson, Project Director, Adolescents 360, PSI The piece below originally appeared on the A360 learning hub. For decades, public health professionals (myself included) have been trying to unlock the persistent challenge of connecting adolescent girls with sexual and reproductive health services. We want to ensure they have the choice to have a safe

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What do Pineapples Have to do with Teens and Contraceptives?

“Pineapples are special!” Cathreen Bukuku, one of PSI-Tanzania’s innovation coordinators, exclaimed as she held one of the spikey fruits out in front of her. She was at the private Arafa Ugweno Health Facility in Dar es Salaam, speaking to a room overflowing with teen girls who listened, captivated. “They stand tall—they are proud! They wear

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For Youth, by Youth

Collaborating with Youth to Solve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges

By Taylor Schaffter, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI “You are committing a historic mistake by introducing contraception for the 15-19,” was definitely not the reaction Ethiopian young designer, Eden Befekadu, expected to hear as she stood in front of the crowd that warm March morning. An admittedly shy 19-year-old, it took courage for her to

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Living for Love: What Motivates Adolescents?

By Ahna Suleiman, Developmental Scientist, UC Berkeley Center on the Developing Adolescent & Adolescents 360 Adolescents 360 (A360) is a four-year project aimed to increase access to and uptake of voluntary modern contraception among adolescent girls (15-19 years old) in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The project fuses public health, marketing, human-centered design, developmental neuroscience, and cultural anthropology and will

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Why Melinda Gates is Excited about Girls Helping Girls

By Taylor Vaught, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI At PSI, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about putting girls at the heart of our work. Melinda Gates is too, and we’re grateful to her for giving a shout out to one of our projects, Adolescents 360, in her recent article on Medium about why she’s excited

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Collaborating with Ethiopian Youth To Conduct Field Research for Contraception

Adolescents 360 (A360) is a four-year project aimed to increase access to and uptake of voluntary modern contraception among adolescent girls (15-19 years old) in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The project fuses public health, marketing, human-centered design, developmental neuroscience, and cultural anthropology and will meaningfully engage young people in the design and delivery of solutions that respond to their specific

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What Makes People Tick? Understanding Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Behavior

#InternationalYouthDay

By Courtney Helfrecht, Anthropologist, Adolescents 360 Around the world, millions of dollars and hours of debate are spent on addressing the problem of unintended teen pregnancy, with mixed results at best. Although rates are declining, the World Health Organization reports that several countries still have relatively high numbers of teenagers who became mothers before they were

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PSI Pledges Increased Access to Contraception for 10 Million Youth by 2020

Population Services International (PSI) is excited to join Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) in its sharpened focus on meeting the unmet need for contraception among adolescents and young women. PSI, through its global network of 60 country programs, commits to reaching 10 million people under the age of 25 with modern contraceptive methods by the end

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Adolescent program design

Changing the World with an Adolescent Mindset

Learn how taking risks and designing programs with teens can lead to healthier outcomes.

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor for Youth and Girls, PSI “The idea that feeling confident and feeling misunderstood are mutually exclusive really bugs me.” – Tavi Gevinson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rookie Magazine (founded at age 15). Think back to when you were 15 or 16 years old. Where were you? What were you wearing? What

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How PSI Co-Designs with Teens

1. ADOLESCENTS 360Adolescents 360 will increase voluntary modern contraceptive use among adolescent girls, 15-19 years old, in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The project fuses user-centered design, developmental neuroscience, social marketing and cultural anthropology and will engage teens in the design of solutions that respond to their needs. Adolescents 360 is funded by the Bill and

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Melinda Gates Offers 5 Ways to Get Us Back on the Family Planning Track

In HuffPost Tech, Melinda Gates lists five resources we need to keep us on the right path to meeting our family planning commitments. Data, tablets, radio, youth empowerment and injectables – what do they have in common? According to Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMFG), they are essential to upholding our

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