HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY, IYAFP!

Dear IYAFP community,

We have many exciting updates that we cannot wait to share with you!

First things first: SUNDAY is our 4th birthday! Congratulations to all the amazing youth and partners who have made IYAFP what it is today. It is not possible to count everybody’s (countless) contributions to the livelihood of our organization, which has grown substantially over the last year. From our 59 Country Coordinators who are leading our on-the-ground advocacy and projects, to our Executive board members working tirelessly in the background, and of course our partners who are working in tandem with us, we are all striving for meaningful youth participation and a better access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Read our blog to learn about our favourite milestones!

While we are more than excited for our year ahead, we are also sad about saying goodbye to a now former youth, Isaiah Owolabi, and of the co-founders and Co-Executive Director of IYAFP. IYAFP is proud of the values that we have put in place to ensure that this space is solely for youth, by youth. Isaiah leaving does not mean that he will be leaving the family that he helped create. It rather means that he is making space for peers and fellow youth leaders to continue to build this network.

We’re recruiting the 2018-2019 cohort of Country Coordinators! If you’re under 30, interested in being a contact point and community leader in your country for SRHR advocacy work, and have 4 to 6 hours weekly to commit over the next two years, this position is for you! Applications are due December 15th, 2017.

See our website for more information and the list of eligible countries: www.iyafp.org

Our News from the last months

1) New Partnerships:

YouAct

We formed an official partnership with YouAct, a European SRHR youth network. Like us, YouAct is run by youth and for youth, and supports young people to advocate for their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).  IYAFP looks forward to working with YouAct to enhance our shared efforts, especially in Europe. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming projects.

Check out our partnership picture which we took at the conference EuroNGOs at the Belgian Federal Parliament!

Mindthis Magazine

Together with the online magazine MindThis, we will be publishing monthly articles on all things SRHR related. Sharing perspectives of IYAFP Executives and Country Coordinators, we’ve already had articles on contraception, menstruation stigma, the tampon tax and menstruation supplies in humanitarian crisis. Find an updated list of our articles on our new website.

PRB and EEDA

IYAFP is proud to announce that it has partnered with Population Reference Bureau (PRB) to implement youth-led research and engagement for Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA), a three-year project (2017-2020) supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goals of the project are to improve the implementation of existing family planning policies as well as to generate new funding and policy commitments in six African countries. The focus lays on policies that support youth access to and use of contraception, and on evidence-driven advocacy for additional FP commitments and policies.

IYAFP and PRB have started data collection in Kenya, led by our two IYAFP Kenyan research associates. In addition to conducting interviews in collaboration with PRB staff, our youth associates helped co-lead a data collection training from September 27 – 29 in Nairobi with nine youth participants.

For more information about the project and to explore associated information, visit PRB’s EEDA web page.

We have an opportunity for up to four youth in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia to serve as research associates for the EEDA project. These youth will be paid a competitive honorarium for assisting and leading data collection activities in a contractual capacity.

Applications are here for Burkina Faso and here for Ethiopia, and are due tomorrow Sunday, November 12. Interviews for Burkina Faso positions will be held Tuesday, November 14. Pass on to your networks!

2) IYAFP is leading the youth engagement at the ICFP 2018

The next International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2018 will be in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 12-17, 2018. We are leading the youth subcommittee and are combining our efforts with various partners to ensure that youth engagement at ICFP 2018 is exciting, innovative and brings the power of the youth voices to international family planning conversations.

3) Projects

In 2017, IYAFP has awarded 13 seed grants to our country coordinators in Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Thailand, Togo, Zambia, 4 of which are still ongoing projects. These 1000 USD grants support youth in developing and implementing projects to improve the SRHR situations in their communities. Their projects spanned various approaches and focus areas; increasing awareness for SRHR-related problems, training courses for youth and adolescents, leading community consultations and debates for various target groups, and advocacy meetings with religious and political leaders. We’ve had radio shows, video documentaries, and social media campaigns run in several languages and countries.

Saying good-bye to old CCs

It’s time to say goodbye to our second cohort of Country Coordinators.

In January 2016, we received over 425 applications from 65 different countries from youth interested in joining IYAFP as Country Coordinator. This cohort is now finishing their 2 year tenure, and since we believe in opportunities for all youth to lead, we welcome the third cohort as of January.

It’s a sad moment, but we will stay connected. Our current Country Coordinators will help us review new applications and will be connected with the new youth leaders to transfer knowledge, advice, and to lend their support. We are so privileged to have been able to work so closely with our most recent Country Coordinators and build the family that we proudly call IYAFP. Thank you!

4) We’re in the midst of creating a new 3-year plan!

We are currently putting together a strategy to make the best out of our resources. We are looking to continue empowering young people to become global advocates with the skills, knowledge and resources they need. Parallely, we are putting permanent processes in place to ensure youth involvement in decision-making related to SRHR interventions. Ultimately, we aim to empower girls, youth, and women economically, financially, and socially.

We are looking forward to sharing our priorities, strategies and causes. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading this far! Stay updated on our new and fresh website.

Empowering greetings,

Your IYAFP family

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