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Hey Sorry l saw your question a bit late.I am an artist and the other co founder is also an artist and every day we see the value of art as a learning tool because we work with mostly rural youth who cannot express themselves well academically but we find that with prodding from the participatory aspect of art they usually leave their shells and start asserting themselves which is important.From my experience sexual rights and health rights are related to how one can speak and defend themselves especially in Africa-Art just does ,that help the creative process.So when a girl or boy does a poem l believe first they are speaking to themselves and then to their communities.We do run a couple of boxing clubs with adolescents and find that they have a lot of pent up energy which when not properly harnessed can be directed towards sexual activity in a non responsible manner.Direct participation is one tool to measure success.When we mobilize adolescents their response as reflected by their enthusiasm in participating in the actual art workshops and exhibitions and in exhibition boxing (SPARRING MORE FOR ENTERTAINMENT) is a key indicator for success.indirect participation is measured by how many come to watch and see without necessarily participating is important.Such platforms create opportunities for one on one engagement which allows for first contact that can result in further curiosity so that other traditional means of communicating messages can be used.Boxing has an announcing component to it which can be used as am important element of the message delivery.Behavior change as a value is difficult to measure but a sustained communication effort in the form of exhibitions drives home the point and eventually we will see young people speaking up and asserting thier health rights and needs.