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  • Starts with less risky topics addressed first and works toward most sensitive topics.
  • Using only outside health experts means expertise doesn’t stay in institution and is more costly to sustainAllows for better integration into holistic youth programmingKey is that they have training experience – ideally in life skills - and believe in value of RH educationTraining provides chance to get comfortable with ‘risky’ topics and to practice teach.Bring in local health service providers to teach more technical subjects
  • Especially good for more technical lessons on STIs and contraception
  • Youth will have diverse levels of knowledge due to age, education level, cultural norms and stigmas


  • 1. Integrating Reproductive Health into Youth Development Programs Angie Venza, Program Director May 2012
  • 2. International Youth Foundation• Invests in the extraordinary potential of young people.• Works in 73 countries with 200 local partner organizations.• Delivers holistic programs to promote positive youth development – through learning, work and citizenship.
  • 3. Planning for Life Program 2007 - 2013• Approach: Integrate youth reproductive health/family planning education into on-going youth education, livelihoods, and civic engagement programs.• Goals of Integrated YRH/FP education: Empower youth with information Equip youth with skills to make responsible decisions and behavior choices. Connect youth to resources
  • 4. Planning for Life: 2007 - 2013• Carried out with local partners in: Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Jordan, St. Lucia and Dominican Republic• Resources developed and available: Framework for program integration Program planning matrix, by age Project design and proposal writing guide Ten-lesson curriculum and training guide (in 7 languages; adapted to multiple cultural contexts) FieldNotes offering lessons learned and best practice
  • 5. Planning for Life Lessons1. Personal Values 6. Sexually-Transmitted2. Puberty Infections3. Reproduction 7. HIV/AIDS4. Teenage 8. Substance Abuse Pregnancy 9. Gender Roles &5. Contraception Stereotypes 10.Gender-Based and Sexual Violence
  • 6. Planning for LifeWhy integration? Steps to Integration: Helps youth make the 1. Identification of trainers connection between 2. Training of Trainers responsible RH/FP 3. Community mapping & behaviors and life goals. youth surveys Makes effort more 4. Translation and initial sustainable by adaptation of lessons embedding it in institutions 5. Pilot testing with youth Connects efforts to local 6. Final adaptation of lessons community 7. On-going integration into programming
  • 7. Lesson #1Life skills are prime entry point for integration• Youth should have basic life skills training prior to RH/FP lessons• Skills related to self-awareness, respect, decision-making, conflict resolution, and communications are a base for applying RH• Prior rapport established with trainers and classmates helps make youth more comfortable talking about sensitive RH topics
  • 8. Lesson #2Utilize non-health experts as trainers• Have life skills training experience• Builds buy-in/commitment and skills among existing staff• More cost–effective to sustain and replicate• Requires awareness raising and training to address sensitive topics• Supplement with outside experts/ service providers for technical subjects
  • 9. Lesson #3Involve Youth-Friendly Service Providers• Identify and visit local service providers (RH/FP, substance abuse, GBV counseling) to ensure they are youth-friendly• Invite them to participate in trainings to provide technical input and increase youth comfort level• Have a list of youth friendly providers to refer youth
  • 10. Lesson #4Adapt Delivery and Content to Local Context• Survey youth ahead of training to identify knowledge gaps and cultural biases• Low literacy levels may require more role-plays and active games• Consider segregating classes by gender for some topics• Use an anonymous question box for risky topics• Be sure to address myths and misconceptions
  • 11. Lesson #5Ensure Community Buy-In• Parents, community/religious leaders, service providers, government, NGO staff, etc.• Critical for youth to have supportive environment• Explain program in non-threatening way to increase comfort level• Invite stakeholders to observe trainings• Find local ‘champions’ to support you, especially if there is resistance