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Youth Health Program (YHP)

A program in which we implement peer educators to create and conduct sex educational programs for both girls and boys (ages 10-19).

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

This program addresses the stigma that adolescent girls receive when they want to have access to any health services.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

Funding for volunteers and training for peer educators, materials and resources for the program to be realized

Explain Your Idea

Within this program, we train peer educators and assign them to a group or individual. Peer educators can be the social support system that young people need in a country that is in constant conflict.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

1) Prepare the next generation with a keen understanding of their rights as women. 2) Provide adolescents a social support system. 3) Remove the stigma of adolescent females for their need of reproductive health services.

How is your idea unique?

This program would have peer educators who have gone through similar challenges; thus, making it easier for adolescents to feel comfortable and have a sense of security.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

1) Gathering enough people to participate in this program, 2) Finding volunteers to accommodate large groups of adolescents.

Who are your end users?

Our main audience would be adolescents between ages of 10 - 19, as well as their families and peers. With this program, we hope to bring positive change to adolescents and extend beyond the community.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Afghanistan
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Pakistan
  • Zimbabwe

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Prolonged displacement
  • Community at risk of disaster

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

In consideration of the cultural and social infrastructures of most South Asian countries, women do not have the same rights and privileges that Americans value and implement. This program would empower the female population, giving them access to education that they rightfully deserve.

What is your organization's name?

Not associated with an organization.

Tell us more about you.

I am an individual and a student. I won't be able to devote time to make this idea a reality but if there is someone out there who would be in this idea, I would be more than happy to collaborate with.

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Still in planning phase and does not exist yet

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Expertise in Sector

  • Have not worked in sector, but excited to learn more.

Organization Location

Richmond, VA

What is your organizational status?

  • Not registered but plan to in the future.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.


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Hi Michelle,
I think that giving youth access to sex education is important and often neglected. When first reading your idea, I assumed you intended to implement this idea in the United States, which I think could be a great way to expand this idea and more doable. Moving forward with this idea, I think you will need to research if there are enough resources in the locations you listed to support this program. Did you plan to use peer educators already located in those areas, or bring educators from the U.S. to these areas? I also think that many of the issues in these areas concerning women's rights and privileges are not a result of just lack of education, but also of laws and cultural differences. Do you plan to address these issues with your idea?

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