Leveraging the power of youth networks to advance access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services -Reflections from Youth Leaders 2021

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Youth Champions Network program works with youth-led organizations and youth leaders with an inclination to advancing access to quality sexual and reproductive health services in their communities. We collaborate with like-minded organizations from non-governmental organizations, private sector players to public institutions to train, equip and amplify the impact of these youth-led initiatives sustainably.

The program commissioned its first phase in August 2021 with recruitment of youth leaders and youth-led organizations working to advance access to sexual and reproductive health services across the country. The initial call attracted 398 applicants who were trimmed to 39 organizations/initiatives as per level of commitment assessed through their ability to fulfil recommended tasks i.e. reporting of organizational plan. The remaining organizations were enrolled into the training program which was to run for six (6) consecutive Saturdays in partnership with Marie-Stopes Kenya (MSK). Out of these, the number reduced to the final 12 organizations which were able to attend 75% of the training sessions and report on the learnings as documented herein. Upon completion of this initial phase, we had a deliberative discussion on the next steps with the network resolving to collaboratively work on projects in the year 2022 with support from Ryculture Health and Social Innovation.

This is a report capturing the compilation of insights, reflections and aspirations of youth leaders who were part of the network.

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