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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What are the Non-Contraceptive Benefits of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives for Young Women?

By Lucy Wilson, M&E advisor at FHI 360; Kate Rademacher, Technical Advisor at FHI 360, and Laneta Dorflinger, Director of Contraceptive Technology Innovation at FHI 360 The use of long-acting reversible contraceptives by young women is a topic that presents tough questions. With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, FHI 360, PSI, Pathfinder and its

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8 Ways PSI Puts Youth at the Center of Programming

By Ashley Jackson and Sophia Greenbaum, PSI On August 13, PSI joins the world in celebrating the creativity, insights, and promise of young people. The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is youth civic engagement, recognizing the critical role of young people in ensuring that policies and programs are responsive to their needs and

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Honduran Youth

Youth in Crisis in Central America’s Northern Triangle

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor, PSI and Katie Anfinson, Associate Program Manager, PASMO “We are more than statistics!” These were the passionate words of one young Honduran activist on Thursday at the end of a landmark, two-day conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, that brought to light two of the most devastating epidemics in Central America – widespread

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How to Make Voluntary Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Accessible to Youth

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor, PSI and Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, PSI  Contraception creates stirring conversations all over the world, but particular sensitivities arise when it comes to youth. How can a young woman talk to her health care provider about voluntary contraceptives if prevailing social and religious norms condemn it? How does a healthcare

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