Four years ago today, a youth movement was born. What had started just as an idea at an international conference grew into a full-fledged organization. Today, we have youth advocates and members in over 60 countries worldwide, partnerships with 10 different organizations, and an unhindered for-youth, by-youth approach to Family Planning.
Since our inception, we have grown exponentially. This speaks to the need for protected spaces for youth to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Here is just a glimpse of our favourite milestones:
IYAFP was born at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
After receiving 300 applications from youth to join the movement, the first cohort of Country Coordinators was selected. 49 youth became the first cohort of IYAFP Country Coordinators.
IYAFP ran a contest for a new logo and received 12 incredible submissions. Thank you to Mutethia Michael from Kenya for designing our current logo!
IYAFP received its first grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. From then on, IYAFP could dedicate time to build its foundation, grow its membership base, and provide Country Coordinators with financial support for community development projects. This is truly when our operations were able to begin!
IYAFP provided 10 seed grants to Country Coordinators to run grassroots projects — including our very own Girls Song!
IYAFP became officially recognized as a non-profit entity incorporated in Washington, DC.
IYAFP played a leading role in the youth engagement of the International Conference for Family Planning 2016 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.
From 425 applications, the second cohort of Country Coordinators was selected; we initially chose 54 youth and ended the year with 59 Country Coordinators. We expanded our reach, and increased representation in Europe and North America.
IYAFP was represented at the WHO, Women Deliver 2016, and the International Aids Conference and hosted a side event at UNGA
IYAFP selected 10 youth projects to fund with USD 1000 seed grants. See here for highlights and impact!
IYAFP received its 501(c)3 status in the USA, meaning that we can officially issue tax receipts to donors.
Our Country Coordinator in Nepal, Prabesh, got awarded a prestigious IPPF grant to host meetings and workshops with civil society organizations, youth organizations, and individual members to develop cross-regional alliances and support ICPD goals.
IYAFP welcomed 3 new power women on the Executive Team (all under the age of 30): Norhan Bader as Director of Projects, Marietta Wildt as Director of Public Relations and Fila Magnus as Director of Communications.
IYAFP aged out its first Executive member, Isaiah Owolabi, co-founder and Co-Executive Director: “I believe that family planning and contraceptive services can help women, not just health wise, but it can help them to make healthy decisions for their future and also give them opportunities.” #foryouthbyyouthforever
Third Country Coordinator cohort to be selected and trained!