YPE shall address the challenges in working with public health providers and communities by implementing the following ideas; Firstly, it will cooperate with District public health providers and District Youth Office to mobilize and engage girls and young women for SRHR, support Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) in the existing health centers, support health workers to conduct outreach activities to the remote places in the catchment area where girls and young women have difficulties accessing services or visiting girls and young women Female SRHR Initiative Clubs (FSICs) and will also disseminate information and provide services to girls and young women such as HIV testing and treatments of STI;s.
Secondly, YPE will Establish a referral network of service providers and facilitate referrals and also conduct the district advocacy forum to draw together district policy makers and stakeholders where the girls and young women will present their findings of the community scorecard process and the district policy makers shall react to the findings and find both short and long-term solutions to the issues.
Furthermore, YPE will conduct policy advocacy and issue dissemination meetings at district level and engage meetings with national policy makers as issues that cannot be resolved at community, and district level are taken to the National Policy makers. YPE shall also train service providers and district level policy makers on rights based approach and conduct policy awareness meetings with district officials (DEC meetings).
In addition, YPE shall establish Female SRHR Initiative Clubs (FSIC) at Group Village Head (GVH) level, train FSICs on leadership and SRHR, train Peer educators on SRHR/HIV/STI prevention, provide FSIC member’s trainings on SRHR and HIV prevention, train girls and young women as Family Planning motivators and conduct community youth forums (Sexuality education, HIV and STI prevention).
YPE will also conduct awareness campaign meetings on SRHR and conduct open days where the FSICs shall showcase what they know best in terms of dissemination of the messages and information about HIV and SRHR. YPE shall also harmonize and develop a tailor made traditional leader training package which will highlight harmful cultural practices and girls and young women SRHR. YPE will conduct community meetings of chiefs facilitated by traditional leaders/motivators, community dialogue sessions facilitated by traditional leaders, community sensitization meetings on positive and harmful cultural practices,
Lastly, YPE will hold Traditional leaders meetings to formulate bylaws, community dialogue sessions to popularize bylaws and follow up community dialogue sessions on bylaw implementations and emerging issues.
Youth Project excellence (YPE) organization has total of 6 youth activists comprising of 3 females and 4 males who have a passion for the youth in uplifting youth’s standards. Youth activists include; Ganizani Nansongole-National Programme Coordinator, Esther Ngwira-Deputy National Programme Coordinator, Murimu Josephy-Finance and Administration Officer (FAO), Cnythia Blessings M'dala-Advocacy and Communications officer, Chimwemwe Chauwa-Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) officer, Ngaliyakhe Jere-Programme officer and Noel Chakanga-Community Facilitator YPE has also strong and active board members who are professionals.YPE implementing partner-Youth Congruence Organization (YOCO) will join implementing team.
The idea of establishing YPE organization in working and advocating for youth rights started as dream when I joined Free Captives Mzuzu University Society in 2012 whose mission was to reach out the youth in primary and secondary schools surrounding Mzuzu University. In Free captives Mzuzu University society we provided career guidance to students and also spread the gospel. After graduating from Mzuzu University I together with my fellow graduates from other colleges and universities thought of developing a new idea of uplifting the living standards of the youth and advocating for their rights by registering a local non-profit, non-governmental NGO called Youth Project Excellence (YPE) in July, 2017.
YPE vision is a Malawian society where there is unique potential of youth, and enhance this potential by celebrating their individual and collective achievements and its mission is To nurture the development of youths in Malawi; and to mobilize, educate and empower them. Furthermore, after YPE registration we partnered with YOCO, a community based organization based in Salima district reaching out primary and secondary schools in providing career guidance to students (Non-project based activities) in Salima district in T/A Kalonga and Maganga. It is during this career guidance meetings with students in the targeted traditional authorities where the challenges that girls and young women face were established.