How to meaningfully engage young people? Start by asking them.

This International Youth Day, let’s explore: what does it take to inspire young people to be ready for contraception?

There are 1.8 billion young people around the world, with nine in 10 living in low and middle income countries.

Development depends on thriving youth populations.

But despite their footprint, adolescents and youth continue to face barriers to accessing essential health services, including making – and owning – their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) choices.

The time is now to do things differently—and that starts by meaningfully engaging the young people we work with and for.

Based on their own experiences, young people have shared what it really takes to meaningfully engage young people on project teams. Dig into their thoughts by reading through their comment cards, below.

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Looking for more? PSI, in partnership with the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and The Case for Her, hosted an #IYD2019 #YouthPoweredChat on Twitter to dive into what it looks like to take leaps in youth-powered SRH programming. You can find an archive of that chat, below.

Our new project, MOMENTUM 2B, in partnership with @USAIDGH, will work to reduce maternal and child mortality by increasing the capacity of private providers and access to quality health services. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3igFskb

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Smart Start’s target population is rural, married adolescent girls – the same segment PSI Mozambique’s Vale a Pena project aimed to but faced challenges in reaching. So we brought Smart Start to Mozambique. 👉🏿 https://bit.ly/SmartStartinMozambique @PSIEthiopia @PSIMozambique @Adolescents360

I’m looking forward to #AIDS2020Virtual next week, and sharing and learning about #selfcare, #HIVST and all the other approaches that make even MORE sense during #pandemics #PowerinMyHands #TheNextFuture @psiimpact

Though #HIVST saves lives, we do not have enough kits. Discover insight about actions and strategies to swiftly eliminate regulatory and other barriers that prevent easy access to kits when you REGISTER for #AIDS2020Virtual https://www.psi.org/aids2020/ #TheNextFuture #PowerInMyHands

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