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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Family Planning is Tired: Tanzanian Teens Want Straight Talk About Contraception

“My boyfriend?” Afsa giggles… “His name is Ramo.” Afsa, 16,  has been with Ramo for three years. “He works at the supermarket.” Although slight in stature, Afsa’s confidence booms. “I want to be a soldier,” she says as she punches the air. “I can run fast.” Afsa is at PSI Tanzania’s pop up workshop, Kuwa

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What Do Adolescent Girls Think About Contraceptives?

The piece below originally appeared on the A360 Learning Hub. Do I fit in? Does that boy like me? Am I in trouble with my parents? How do I achieve my dreams? What do my friends think of me? How does the future compare to what’s happening right now? Adolescent girls everywhere have a lot

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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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10 Steps to Advance the Health and Rights of Young People

Young people in the developing world have urgent and vast needs for policies and programs that safeguard their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR): A quarter of married adolescent girls and half of unmarried adolescent girls in Africa have an unmet need for family planning. 60% of Africa’s unsafe abortions occur among girls and

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Increasing Contraceptive Use and HIV Testing Among Youth: New Evidence from Liberia

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor, Youth & Girls, PSI Rebecca Firestone, Senior Technical Advisor, Strategic Research & Evaluation, PSI Reid Moorsmith, Former Country Representative, Liberia and current Technical Director, Asia, PSI HealthyActions is delivered over five days for learners attending math and literacy classes through EDC’s Alternative Basic Education programs. The program uses engaging participatory methods

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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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Breaking Taboos in Congo

By Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies for PSI If you want to find Helene, go to the community center in her neighborhood. That’s where she spends most of her afternoons and weekends. Wearing smart glasses, a sharp blazer and a genuine smile, Helene goes from room to room, greeting teens and doing what teens do

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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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Generation Next

Women Deliver believes young people are powerful advocates for their needs and agents of change. The organization’s Young Leaders Program provides youth with opportunities to strengthen their capacity and skills and connect to global and country-level initiatives. They promote and support partners’ efforts, working alongside youth-led and serving organizations. Here, meet a few of its

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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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The Choice is Hers: Informed Consent for Contraceptives Counseling

How contraceptives—especially long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)—can improve the health and wellbeing of young women is a topic that presents tough questions. With USAID’s support, and under the LARC PM Community of Practice, PSI, FHI360, Pathfinder and its Evidence2Action Project, and Marie Stopes International, held a symposium on May 27, 2015 to tackle those questions head

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