Youth Alive Project (YAP)

Project Overview:

Youths are said to be the most important resource in Africa, and a major tool towards the development of a nation, therefore attention needs to be paid to the health of the youth, because a healthy youth will make up a healthy nation.Sexual and reproductive health is an essential element of good health and human development, with reproductive health defined as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. A key to effective reproductive health programs for youth is to provide the information, education, skills, and services that young people need to make choices that keep them healthy and able to pursue their potential in life. Peer Education Training for youth on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) will improve the sexual and reproductive health, thus reducing teenage pregnancy, develop personal, social and life building skills, and increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS and STIs among the youths (both in and out-of-school) in Aguda community, Surulere LGA, Lagos.Out-of-school youths include; youths who have completed primary or secondary school (but currently not in school), dropped out and unemployed.
‘Youth Alive’ Project (YAP) is a community-based youth health empowerment project, which aims to employ multiple strategies in reaching Aguda community youths with Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information, thereby reducing the incidence of HIV infection, STIs, teenage / unwanted pregnancy, and improving their risk-reduction techniques. More so, the youths will be empowered with life skills, thereby developing attitudes to enable them become self-directing and reliant, positive, productive, responsible and contributing members of the community through active participation and involvement.

Project Goal:

Increase the knowledge of 250 youths (15-24 years) in Aguda community, Surulere LGA, Lagos on SRH through training of 50 Peer-Educators with vocational skills empowerment between April and December 2013.