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WHAT WE DO 2017-11-12T18:13:37+00:00

Our Work

We are committed to helping youth around the world create a better future. All of the work we do falls under one or more of these pillars: Capacity Building, Community Development, Creation of Opportunities, Advocacy, and Accountability.

The IYAFP Method

IT’S A BIG JOB AND THIS IS HOW WE GET IT DONE

WE BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

We take the time to establish a friendship and sense of belonging with Country Coordinators and members as soon as they join the IYAFP family.

WE WORK FROM THE GROUND UP

Youth are experts in what they need. Our Country Coordinators and their members set their own agendas.

 

WE FUND YOUTH DIRECTLY

We’ve put systems in place to provide youth with grants without all the bureaucracy. We take pride in eliminating barriers to support youth.

WE’RE ALL-INCLUSIVE

SRHR issues exist everywhere. We invite youth from every country to join the movement.

 

WE <3 TO PARTNER

There should be no competition when it comes to achieving SRHR progress. We work hard to raise the voices of girls, women, and youth and we would love to partner to make that happen.

WE’RE NON-TRADITIONAL

“Where is your office?” In the cloud. “What do you focus on?” Depends on the country and the team. We’re youth – we do things differently.

Our Approach

DRIVING MULTI-LEVEL ACTION.

From our experience, the best way to engage with youth is to let them take the helm. This youth-centered approach guides all of our projects and activities.

1 Connect youth with opportunities

We identify youth aged 15-30 worldwide and connect them to opportunities in advocacy, education, leadership, and collaboration.

2 Support youth to grow

We provide trainings, funding, partnerships, and a network of like-minded youth to help youth maximize their potential.

3 Youth lead the agenda

We strategize about the policies, campaigns and programs we need to disrupt the status quo in SRHR.

4 Grow the youth movement

Our work expands our mission beyond just our network, organization, or generation.

Our Impact

Local

Improved knowledge of family planning services and rights.

More young leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers.

Catalyze rich collaborations with local organizations.

Global

Improved financial and educational support for youth leaders.

Enhanced networking and lesson-sharing in successful advocacy.

Create stronger, united messaging for governments and policymakers.

Our goal is to provide universal access to high-quality family planning & sexual and reproductive health and rights services and information for all youth, girls, and women, no matter where they are from.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable youth from around the world to contribute a significant voice and lead community interventions and decisions on family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We are looking to empower young people to become global advocates with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to scale up youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health initiatives and services while putting permanent processes in place to ensure continued youth involvement in decision making related to SRHR interventions to ultimately empower girls, youth, and women economically, financially, and socially.

Our Projects

We work with youth from all around the world to develop and execute impactful projects that make a difference in their communities. Here are just a few examples of the fine work we’re proud to be executing in different countries.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

IYAFP’s Country Coordinator, Shaikat, worked with SERAC-Bangladesh to host the country’s very first youth-led youth conference on family planning in Dhaka.

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Burundi

Burundi

In partnership with our Country Coordinator, Ndayishimiye Gilbert, we established clubs in six different universities around Burundi.

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Ghana

Ghana

IYAFP members in Ghana participated in a capacity-building activity to increase their involvement in advocacy for the country.

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Mali

Mali

IYAFP organized debates about the benefits of family planning services, provided educational workshops, were featured on radio shows about SRHR, and held an advocacy meeting with Muslim leaders.

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Pakistan

Pakistan

Training family planning youth ambassadors in Pakistan.

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Thailand

Thailand

Teaching teens in Thailand about sexual and reproductive health.

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Kenya

Kenya

Conversation of rights and the uptake of family planning services in Siaya county.

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Togo

Togo

Reinforce the capacity and activities of peer educators in Togo.

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Partnership Projects

Empowering Evidence Driven Advocacy

IYAFP has partnered with The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) to implement the youth data collection for Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA), a new three-year project (2017-2020) supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goals of the project are to improve implementation of existing family planning (FP) policies, especially those that support youth access to and use of contraception, and to generate new funding and policy commitments for FP in response to evidence-driven advocacy.

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FP2020

Youth-led, Youth-driven Advocacy from the Ground Up

By 2020, IYAFP commits to reaching 6000 youth by supporting 15-30 year olds in their youth-led, youth-driven advocacy from the ground up. We commit to equipping youth with the skills to lead grassroots projects, create country-specific action plans, present at various meetings and conferences, and to make “youth voices heard” at all levels. Youth participation in panels and presentations will inject a crucial perspective in these important meetings. We also commit to targeted and effective advocacy by tracking national health policies and by training our youth on SMART advocacy to ensure that projects and in-country events are effective at improving knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of youth on the ground. Our network will be strengthened through the protected space that IYAFP will create for Country Coordinators to share success stories, discuss challenges and barriers, and to learn from one another in this field.

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IYAFP is a registered 501(c)3 based in Washington, DC. It is a pro-rights, pro-choice organization for youth around the world aged 15-30.