The Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) is an exciting initiative that is advancing innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights globally.
Rise Up is launching the fourth cohort of the Youth Champions Initiative, in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Through YCI, Rise Up invests in young champions who are leading the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement now and for the next generation.
Youth Champions Initiative improves the lives of young people by advancing innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice globally.
YCI is already creating important impacts in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, and the U.S. South.
Ongoing monitoring and evaluation demonstrates that the Youth Champions have significantly strengthened their leadership, and that their innovative projects are already improving SRHRJ in their communities.
Recent successes include:
• Leveraging WhatsApp in India to deliver youth-friendly mobile instant messaging on SRH;
• Developing an animated television series in Ethiopia about girl super heroines fighting for girls’ health and rights;
• Creating comic books in Pakistan to deliver healthy menstrual hygiene information to girls and their families;
• Teaching youth in the United States to use art, dance, and spoken word poetry to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education.
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Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative invests in powerful young leaders ages 18-29 who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movement in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and the United States.
Following a competitive selection process, Rise Up will select 22 visionary young people working in Packard Foundation priority geographies – India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the United States (Louisiana and Mississippi).
Rise Up will competitively award $12,000 USD grants to participating Youth Champions and their organizations to launch innovative sexual and reproductive health and rights projects they develop during the Incubator.
Rise Up has developed an innovative virtual incubator-style model for YCI that integrates intensive capacity building, leadership development, advocacy, project funding, and technical support to enable the Youth Champions to launch creative new initiatives to improve SRHR in their countries.
Our externally validated model enables young leaders to create large-scale change through leadership development, technology, innovation, and advocacy.
Before applying, please review the Youth Champions Initiative Factsheet, Selection Criteria, and Frequently Asked Questions.
The deadline to submit applications is July 15, 2021.
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