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Youth-Directed Sexual Health Education...Outside of the Classroom

On-Field program directed by youth leaders to develop attitudes, skills and knowledge for making empowered and informed health choices

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Opportunity Areas – Select those that apply

  • Other

What specific problem(s) are you trying to address? (300 character limit)

Young leaders every where don't know how to communicate with their peers about sex and relationships. The information they have access to is unreliable, conversations about sex are stigmatized, and those that do take place range from uncomfortable to harmful, especially for female, LGBT & HIV+ youth

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address? (500 character limit)

How can we support the young leaders to engage with current educators who do not agree with this model? How can we measure the impact of the program on students' attitudes, skills, and knowledge? How often do we keep in contact with the young leaders? What is their expectation of us, and ours of them?

Who are your end users? (1000 character limit)

Youth leaders, ages 15-25, who do not have access to spaces that they can leverage to develop their attitudes, skills, and knowledge (regarding sexual health) as individuals or collectively. We want to engage with any young leaders who are passionate about social change and have identified sexual health as something important to them and to their community. Our program is adaptable to any environment (location, culture, people, etc.). We will customize the content and delivery to each group of young leaders we connect with. We envision having between 75-100 weeks of programming with average attendance for each program at 40 young leaders. 4000 young leaders directly, plus their peers. We will create programs that are inclusive for all, while also recognizing the importance of exclusive spaces for youth with marginalized identities (girls, LGBT, HIV+, victims of sexual violence, financially poor, disabled), in order to center and unite a variety of voices.

Explain your idea. (500 character limit)

A week-long program where young leaders voluntarily come together "outside the classroom" to engage with each other in a comprehensive sexual health education experience. The program content will be facilitated by a team of educators, but will be driven by the young leaders. The program will develop: Attitudes- respect, consent, mutuality, self-belief Skills- leadership, decision-making, emboldened voices Knowledge- information about STD-prevention, pregnancy, daily health practices

What is your value proposition? (500 character limit)

There is unquantifiable value in youth developing positive attitudes, skills for life, and essential knowledge. Communities are stronger when individuals treat each other with respect, understanding that there is mutual benefit to be gained. Communities are also stronger when individuals feel empowered to believe in themselves and their voices, especially when these voices advocate for respect and mutuality. And knowledge that keeps people healthy and thriving is absolutely valuable for all.

What's different about your idea compared to current solutions? (500 character limit)

Interactive: not on a computer/phone screen like other “game-based” learning, young people will really connect Versatile: activities are adaptable so the young leaders can also lead the program content with their peers Comprehensive: not a resource to only increase knowledge, nurturing skills and attitudes is key Youth-led: our facilitators will hand the reins over to the young leaders, asking open-ended questions so that they direct the course of the program as a collaboration

What are the key reasons why end users would turn to your organization over another?

  • Customization: Tailoring to specific needs

What would success look like for your end users? (500 character limit)

1) They feel confident asking questions and sharing information and experiences with each other 2) They choose to treat each other with respect, and spread this value to others 3) They choose to have sex consensually, safely, respectfully 4) They inspire each other and their community to be physically and emotionally healthy 5) They understand/are informed regarding sexual health practices

How would you measure the impact your idea has on your end user(s) ? How will you measure the success of your program? (500 character limit)

Looking at the above indicators of success, it is tough to "measure" people's attitudes and behaviors, especially over a long period of time. We know that the impact of the one-week program can only grow if the young leaders take ownership of the social change. We will use Baseline-Endline methods to gauge change in attitudes, skills, and knowledge over the course of the week. Then we will use year-round communications and reporting to collect essential information from the young leaders.

What strategies will/are you testing to acquire end users? (300 character limit)

Our extensive partner network of diverse organizations in over 45 countries. Our community partners have autonomy to send invitations and mobilize participants while we offer advice on who might attend. It is easy for us to collaborate with the partner to bring together an amazing group of humans.

Key partnerships - Who will you partner with to make your idea work? (500 character limit)

Community-based organizations that run after-school programs, corporates with commitments to community service and development, public school systems that prioritize health and physical education...cross-sector, cross-discipline partnerships with the same goal of improving access to quality health and education for young people

What is your organization’s name? (150 character limit)

Coaches Across Continents

Tell us more about you: (750 character limit)

Coaches Across Continents is a team of 10 full-time staff plus our dedicated network of community partners in more than 45 countries. CAC mentors organizations through our Education Outside the Classroom program to create legacies of positive social change. We work with a variety of partners across 6 continents.

Organizational Characteristics

  • International/global organization

Where will your idea be implemented? (200 character limit)

Between 35-45 countries! Here's a short list of places our partners operate: Indonesia, Philippines, Jordan, Lebanon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Rwanda, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Armenia, USA, Ireland

What do you need to get started? (500 character limit)

We have the networks of organizations that can handle logistics, the foundation for the program content, and the experienced facilitators. The main missing piece is finding the most committed, passionate young leaders. We will collaborate with our partners to invite the best people to come together for an extremely powerful week, and to join the larger network of young people inspired to make their communities healthier in every way possible.

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Global - within more than one geographic region globally

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organization Location (200 character limit)

We are registered in both the US and UK, although we do not have a home base since we have staff and partner organizations on every continent.

What is your organizational status?

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.

Website

https://www.facebook.com/CoachesAcrossContinents

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