The Stairway to Internalization

A visual framework to digest the process of change

By Emma Beck, Associate Communications Manager, PSI Adolescents 360’s (A360) Project Director Manya Dotson plastered an oversized sticky-note on the side wall of the team’s retreat space. Her hands danced as she brushed pen to paper: drawing a curve to explain how people internalize new information. Manya is leading A360’s weeklong retreat, equipping the team

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Harnessing the Power of Youth to Reach our FP2020 Pledge

Ambitious goals require innovative approaches

By: Amy Uccello, Sr. AYSRH Technical Advisor, PSI A young leader once told me: if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Herein lies the root of positive youth development (PYD), an evidence-based approach that informs PSI’s youth programming across health settings. It’s a framework that equips adolescents with the skills, assets and

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Four Big Insights from HCD Exchange

By Manya Dotson, Project Director, Adolescents 360 In no uncertain terms, Human Centered Design (HCD) is revolutionizing Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH). That was my takeaway from the HCD Exchange—a weeklong summit in Tanzania that convened some of our community’s leading innovators to collectively process what we are learning, what we still

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This Mom Outsourced the ‘Sex’ Talk: Here’s What Happened

Doreen’s mom didn’t tell her why she was handing her an invitation a few days earlier. It caught the teen’s attention though: It was yellow with a bright green pineapple printed on it. Doreen’s mom Alice had visited the clinic on Tuesday — along with 20 other mothers. Alice heard that she could invite Doreen

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Why Do Teenage Girls Trust Maria?

She was 13 when she came to the clinic to meet Maria, a PSI-trained health provider. She whispered to Maria, “I need a test.” Maria remembers it vividly. The teenage girl was crying. She had heard about Maria through PSI’s Kuwa Mjanja program, which focuses on preventing unplanned teen pregnancy by creating programs with direct

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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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What Makes People Tick? Understanding Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Behavior


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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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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Family Planning, Will You Be Our Valentine?

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI With the celebration of Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re all asking our loved ones a simple question: “Will you be my Valentine”? At PSI, we’re showing love to a too often elusive partner—family planning. Millions of women and girls around the world rely on modern methods of voluntary

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Adolescents 360

The World’s Most Promising Generation is Coming of Age and Here’s What It Needs from Us

Adolescents 360 is a four-year $30 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, aiming to increase voluntary, modern contraceptive use and reduce unintended pregnancy among adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in three pilot countries — Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia. By applying a user-centered approach, with youth

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