At Rise Up, we believe that marginalized girls, youth and women are not victims – they are powerful leaders and inspiring agents of change. We’ve created a proven model to enable these visionary leaders doing powerful work, and we provide them with the resources, training, and funding to achieve large-scale impact. Through a competitive grant-making process, we provide funding and technical assistance to support our partners’ advocacy initiatives. These advocacy strategies have resulted in the creation and implementation of both national and local laws, policies, and funding that improve the lives of girls, youth and women.

 


Arekia Bennett
The Affinity Project

Youth Champions Initiative


This project aims to advocate for comprehensive sex education and reproductive rights through the political and popular education of young people.  By politicizing young people through advocacy and the direct engagement in the political process the project hopes to have young people help forth a legislative agenda to have comprehensive sex education incorporated into all Mississippi public schools.


Arely Westley
Construyendo Nuestro Instituto de Poder

Youth Champions Initiative


With support of the Youth Champions Initiative, BreakOUT! will build a stronger base of youth, majority Black and Latinx transgender women or other gender nonconforming youth who will undergo intensive political education together, across language barriers, address systemic factors leading to health disparities, and develop their leadership and capacity to wage and win campaigns.

As a youth membership-based organization, BreakOUT! organizes predominately Black and Latinx transgender and gender nonconforming youth in New Orleans to change policies that will have a direct positive benefit on their communities.


Marlo Barrera
Women With a Vision (partnering with Reproductive Justice Action Collective)

Youth Champions Initiative


Plan B NOLA will provide free and by-donation EC to the greater New Orleans area through a citywide network of Community Support Members (CSMs). People will call or text the hotline, and the Reproductive Justice Action Collective’s (RJAC) Plan B NOLA will connect them with a CSM in their neighborhood who would coordinate with the caller to get them the EC, condoms, and pregnancy test.


Kaitlyn Custer
SRHR Advancement for Newcomers

Youth Champions Initiative


The project will form a peer education support group, where students will have an opportunity to dive past the limitations of a standardized in-class curriculum, and discuss SRHR material tailored to their specific experiences. Students would learn professional development and facilitation skills, eventually going into their own community spaces to pass information to their peers. Finally, this group would foster a deeper, more continuous connection with HYP and the services they offer, including the teen health clinic.


Melanie Powers
Campus Conversations on SRHR, Reproductive Justice and Intersectionality

Youth Champions Initiative


This project increases youth access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services. It increases youth awareness and understanding of reproductive justice and SRHR, facilitate an exchange between New Orleans youth and those who provide healthcare services, and support youth creating and sharing recommendations for improvements.


Monica Atkins
Art, Poetry, and Justice

Youth Champions Initiative


Art, Poetry, and Justice is an 8-week program that teaches youth about how to use art and dance to organize around social justice issues with an emphasis on sexual reproductive health rights.


Nakita Shavers
G.I.R.L.S. (Girls Initiative for Reproducing Leaders in Society) NOLA

Youth Champions Initiative


G.I.R.L.S. NOLA is a program of the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund that has been designed to use integrative arts techniques with young girls in an effort to decrease poverty, discrimination, unplanned pregnancy, and cultural incompetence in the city of New Orleans.


Naureen Lalani
Bringing Light – Addressing SRH needs of people living with physical disabilities

Youth Champions Initiative


The goal of the project is to contribute to the promotion of SRHR among people living with physical disabilities in Karachi by developing user friendly resource materials and training SRH trainers. The project will build the capacity of people who work with and for people with disability as trainers on SRH who will be monitored and supported through their dissemination efforts and workshops with disabled youth. Finally, a social media campaign will be implemented to raise awareness on the sexual and reproductive rights of people with disabilities.


Ali Raza Rizvi
SRHR Ehsas Films

Youth Champions Initiative


SRHR Ehsas Films creates discussions around sexual and reproductive health and rights in the remote areas of Karachi and Interior Sindh, Pakistan through short films and street theatre. It is producing two short films and two street theater performances and creates live and online platforms to discuss SRHR after screenings, performances, and postings.


Umair Jaliawala
Population Simulation

Youth Champions Initiative


The project reaches hundreds of youth by incorporating a sexual and reproductive health and rights component to Pakistan’s Young Leaders Conference. Population Simulation also provides seed grants for youth groups to implement small social enterprise projects.


Neelam Punjani
Cascade Approach: Outcome based SRHR Training of Trainers (ToT), Capacity Building and Phone Counseling for Youth

Youth Champions Initiative


This project works with Aahung nurses, teachers, and community workers and trains them on providing sexual health education and close follow-up of master trainers along with support provision to replicate sexual health workshops for youth.


Neha Mankani
Khelnay Ke Din Hain (Our Days to Play)

Youth Champions Initiative


This project uses an interactive and culturally appropriate board-game to build life skills and provide adolescents in Pakistan information on reproductive health and rights. The overall goal of this project is to increase knowledge, comfort levels and communication around topics related to sexual and reproductive health and rights such as hygiene, gender equality, marital rights, laws and policies, nutrition and healthy families.


Samreen Shahbaz
Menstrual Matters: Healthy and Friendly Guide for Menstrual Hygiene Management

Youth Champions Initiative


Menstrual Matters is a multi-pronged intervention to address the issue of menstrual hygiene management among young girls living in low-income communities of Karachi. The project aims to provide an innovative solution to young girls to cope with menstruation who do not have access to hygienic sanitary options otherwise, along with information about healthy menstrual hygiene management practices.


Jasmine Lovely George
Bodies and Cities: A Radio Show

Youth Champion Initiative


Bodies and Cities is a pilot project that aims to develop a radio show that specifically discusses issues related to Sexual and Reproductive health that are relevant for Indian youth. Bodies and Cities will be implemented together with juveniles of Observational homes in South of Bangalore, as part of Centre for Child and Law and Community Radio. Targeted end-users will be juveniles below the age of 18 years old. Recorded podcasts would be used in a 6-month radio show and in YP Foundation-sponsored workshops within the community reaching beneficiaries of all ages.


Shubham Choudhary
Safe Access

Youth Champions Initiative


The goal of Safe Access is to improve the sexual and reproductive health of youth and LGBTQIA community in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) by connecting beneficiaries with compassionate and non-judgmental health service providers through an online tech platform. This platform’s key objective is to empower the youth to make well informed choices with respect to their sexual and reproductive lives, by offering medical-professional-curated-and-approved information, and safe, non-judgmental access to sexual and reproductive health services.


Rahul Dwivedi
Engaging Youth in Media to Improve SRHR Outcomes

Youth Champions Initiative


Citizen News Services selected a group of seven young people under 30 who are getting extensive training on youth sexual and reproductive health and rights and are voicing the problems experienced by youth and widely disseminating it through CNS Syndication Service.


Abhiti Gupta
Channelizing SRHR Laws and Entitlements for Tribal Youth

Youth Champions Initiative


This project based in Madhya Pradesh, India works in districts with large tribal populations to help tribal youth access SRHR information. The project also engages youth in public interest litigation to bring a long-term impact to their communities.


Ankita Rawat
Ensuring Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Youth Champions Initiative


The project goal is to increase demand to access youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services by using digital storytelling as a platform. Towards this goal, they will work with 15 young people from India’s capital to articulate, raise awareness and build support for youth friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights services.


Franklin Gnanamuthu
Repositioning SRH among Youth through M-Sathi

Youth Champions Initiative


Repositioning sexual and reproductive health among Youth through M-Sathi is an innovative youth led initiative to use a mobile app to help young people have better sexual reproductive health information in one of the poorest blocks of Bihar State in India.


Gayatri Parameswaran
Love Matters India WhatsApp Service

Youth Champions Initiative


The goal of this project is to assess whether WhatsApp – a mobile instant messaging app – is a feasible way to deliver SRHR information to young people in India. The service is part of Love Matters – a blush-free information website on sex and relationships for young adults in India.


UDIMUF

Let Girls Lead


UDIMUF’s project goal is to reduce levels of gender-based violence and impunity in the adolescent population of the municipality of La Ceiba. The project aims to increase the knowledge of adolescents ages 10 to 20 about gender-based violence so that they are able to protect themselves and those around them. These youth will then engage health providers and the justice system in dialogue to help foster positive attitudes towards adolescents and young victims of violence, who often are stigmatized by those professionals who can help them.


YAAXCHE

Let Girls Lead


YAAXCHE’s project advocates with authorities in the town of Corozal to assign a municipal budget that will give approximately 150 adolescent girls the means and capacity to start and manage small community projects and businesses.  This budget will provide the economic means to help them free their families from poverty.


Paz y Justicia

Let Girls Lead


Paz y Justicia’s project aims to influence the municipal government and key players in the community as well as government agencies in La Ceiba so that they implement actions under the national policy ENAPREAH (National Strategy for Teen Pregnancy Prevention of Honduras). The project’s ultimate goal is to help reduce teen pregnancy through advocacy, youth education, and empowerment in the city of La Ceiba.


Youth Empowerment Organization (OYE)

Let Girls Lead


Youth Empowerment Organization (OYE) empowers thirty adolescent girls who advocate with the Department of Education in El Progreso to ensure the correct implementation of the comprehensive sexual education curriculum, “Taking Care of Myself and My Life.” The project also monitors and evaluates schools and teachers following the curriculum guides.


Young Women Christian Association (YWCA)

Let Girls Lead


YWCA advocates at the municipal level at Valle de los Angeles in Honduras for a youth entrepreneurship policy that will require high schools to train more than 1,000 adolescent girls on technical skills. Through this new initiative, girls will increase their empowerment and access to economic opportunities.


Asociación Coincidir | Coincidir
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Saul Interiano (2013)

Let Girls Lead


Asociación Coincidir is an organization of activists for the rights of children, adolescents, and youth that implements innovative and effective actions to transform the realities that affect children and adolescents, particularly those that are at-risk groups.


Asociación Consejo Pro-Desarrollo Comunitario | ACPDC
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Manuela García Pu (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


ACPDC, the Association for the Pro-Community Development Council, seeks to promote the community organization, community participation, alternative education, health, and the empowerment and advocacy of the local population.


Asociación de Mujeres Ixpivakok | ADEMI
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Berta Cúmez (2013 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


The Ixpiyakok Women’s Association brings together 30 groups of Maya women in Chimaltenango to improve local food security and nutrition through organic family farms and seed banks. Originally launched as a credit and savings program for local women, the association has expanded into health and education service provision, as well as advocacy for women’s rights. The association supports the creation of family farms, provides guidance on organic farming techniques, and promotes the cultivation of native heirloom species such as chipilín, quilete, and native chilies.


Asociación Frente de Salud Infantil y Reproductiva de Guatemala | FESIRGUA
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Hugo Higueros (2009 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


FESIRGUA’s, the Association for Infant and Reproductive Health of Guatemala, mission is “to improve access to information, education, and safe and appropriate health and reproductive services for young Mayan people, in order to increase knowledge, fulfillment, and the exercise of sexual and reproductive rights” in the Guatemalan highlands.  They work with adolescent indigenous girls to ensure the municipalities of Patzún and San José Poaquil designate a portion of the annual municipal budget to specialized programs in sexual and reproductive health targeting adolescents and young people.


Association Generate | ASOGEN
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Sara Lucrecia Castellanos (2013 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


ASOGEN’s project goal is to sensitize youth in the Pedro Molina School about sexual violence and empower them to prevent violence against women and girls at their school and report GBV cases when they do take place. Using participatory learning techniques and audiovisual art as community learning tools, ASOGEN enables young people to speak out about the challenges they face, and promotes community engagement and resolution of reported GBV cases.


Asociación Guatemalteca de Mujeres Médicas | AGMM
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Lissethe Vanegas (2009 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


AGMM is civil society organization of professional women, which promotes the personal and professional development of its members, the defense of human rights of women, and the execution of strategic interventions that contribute to a better quality of life for Guatemalan women. Their initiatives incorporate continued education, advocacy and research.


Asociación IDEI | IDEI
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Juany García (2009 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


IDEI seeks to increase coverage and access of rural families to comprehensive reproductive and child health quality. Their work contributes to the improvement of the health, education, gender equity, human rights, community participation, and respect for culture in the south-west area of Guatemala.


Asociación Nacional Contra el Maltrato Infantil | CONACMI
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Miguel Ángel Lopez (2009 Cohort) & Edith Janeth Revolorio (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


CONACMI, the National Association against Child Abuse, works to contribute, through information and awareness, to the prevention and eradication of societal problems focusing on children including child abuse, child sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and children living on the street. Their primary areas of work are the prevention and attention through inter-institutional coordination, direct work with mistreated of sexually abused boys and girls, research into the problem of child mistreatment and sexual abuse, and advocacy alongside other institutions.


Asociación Pro-Bienestar de la Familia de Guatemala | APROFAM
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Maria Lucia Escobar (2009 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


APROFAM, the Association for the Wellbeing of the Guatemalteco Family, provides integrated, quality, and equitable healthcare, with a priority in sexual and reproductive health as well as comprehensive sex education for adolescent girls throughout Guatemala. They advocate for the enforcement of the Ministerial Declaration “Prevention with Education” and the passage of the National Law for Youth. This legislation would guarantee comprehensive protection and dedicated programs for young people, increase access to girl-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and information, and decrease rates of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.


Asociación Renacimiento | Renacimiento
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Leivy Magaly Suyuc (2013 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


Renacimiento aims to contribute to the development of children, adolescents, and youth in four municipalities of the department of Chimaltenango and several municipalities in the department of Sacatepéquez. They work alongside maternal-child, education , agriculture, and health programs and organizations.


Centro Ecuménico de Integración Pastoral | CEIPA
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Marvin Raul Vasquez (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


CIEPA, the Guatemalan Ecumenical Center for Pastoral Integration, strives to construct a society that respects and complies with the human rights of children and adolescents. They promote the economic, social, political, and cultural rights of children and adolescents, especially those who work.


ChildFund International Guatemala | CFIG
Becaria de Las Niñas Lideran: Guillermo Leverman (2011)

Let Girls Lead


ChildFund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.


Escuela de la Calle | EDELAC
Let Girls Lead Fellow: E. Guadalupe Pos Sacalxot (2009 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


EDELAC is an institution serving youth, focusing on their rights as humans and as adolescents. They respect those rights established in the Constitution of Guatemala the PINA law (Integral Law of Youth and Adolescents), as well as other international conventions. This is accomplished through ensuring the primary educational needs of low income children are met, creating spaces where children can enjoy their rights, re-establishing or strengthening the familial relations of children at risk of or already living on the street, and ensuring that children can continue their education after EDELAC.


La Red de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos de las Adolescentes de Guate
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Miguel Ángel Lopez (2010 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


La Red brings together individuals and non-governmental organizations to promote, defend, and advocate for the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls in Guatemala. This is accomplished through technical capacity building, political advocacy, as well as social research and audits.


Ministerio de Salud Publica y Asistencía Sociale | Ministerio de Salud
Let Girls Lead Fellows: Maira Sandoval & Lissette Vanegas

Let Girls Lead


The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance provides healthcare and social support services to Guatemalans across the country. Rise Up and Let Girls Lead worked with the Ministry of Public Health through the facilitation of Save the Children Guatemala. Save the Children is a member of the global movement Save the Children and contributes to enriching the processes for advancing the rights of children and adolescents in Guatemala. Working together, these organizations position children and adolescents at the center of agendas of organizations that have the capacity to affect their reality through global action and local programs.


OSAR JALAPA
Colectivo Joven

Let Girls Lead


OSAR JALAPA / Colectivo Joven: Their strategy is to build partnerships between community-based organizations, and to encourage the active participation of young women in public forums and dialogues with key decision makers and health providers so that experience sharing, empathy and considering youths’ proposals lead to changes in personnel training to provide the highest quality comprehensive local health services for youth in Jalapa.


Action Health Incorporated | AHI
Francesca Abiola, Program Officer; Ogechukwu Emeji, Program Assistant

Champions for Change


Action Health Incorporated (AHI) is a non-governmental organization established in 1989 and dedicated to promoting young people’s health and development to ensure their successful transition to healthy and productive adulthood. AHI advances this agenda by working with young people, parents, community opinion leaders, youth-serving organizations, government agencies and policy makers. The organization has a national geographical focus and is currently working extensively in Delta, Edo Akibo, Cross Rivers and Lagos States.


Amana Rural Peoples Health | Amana
Samaila Garba, Executive Director; Emmanuel Amuta, Program Manager

Champions for Change


Amana works to empower rural people, especially women, children, orphans and vulnerable children, through education to know their rights and claim those rights with regard to good health, especially in regards to HIV/AIDS, good nutrition, good education and freedom from poverty. The organization is based in Niger State and implements projects in Niger and Sokoto States.


Center for Girls’ Education | CGE
Habiba Mohammed, Director; Folashade Olumeyan, Program Officer

Champions for Change


The Population & Reproductive Health Initiative (PRHI) began in 2006 as a 5-year collaboration between the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley (UCB) & Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)—funded by the National Institutes of Health. The PRHI is now an independent research & implementation organization affiliated with Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital. The goal of the PRHI is to enhance the capacity of key institutions in Northern Nigeria, including governmental & civil society, and to develop innovative strategies to improve maternal, adolescent, reproductive, & child health in the region. The Center for Girls Education is a program of PRHI which CGE focuses specifically on educational enrichment programs for girls through community engagements, reduction of school fees, and mentored girls clubs. The geographic focus is northern Nigeria, particularly northern Kaduna State.


Civil Society for Family Planning | CISFP
Wale Adeleye, National Coordinator; Bashir Hamza, Zamfara State Coordinator

Champions for Change


Civil Society for Family Planning (CiSFP) is a membership organization that has presence and coordinators in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. As a dynamic frontrunner in maternal health advocacy with a particular interest in Family Planning, CiSFP forges partnerships to address various aspects of advocacy for RMNCH. CiSFP membership is comprised of individuals in various levels/positions who are family planning champions and other organizations working on reproductive health in Nigeria. CiSFP is based in Abuja but operates in all six of Nigeria’s geo-political zones.


Community Health Research Initiative | CHR
Aminu Magashi, Board Member; Muhammad Shuiabu, Executive Director

Champions for Change


Community Health Research Initiative is a leading NGO working with all levels of government to increase the quality of healthcare, especially for women and children in Nigeria, via targeted and evidence-based advocacy and budget analysis. The organization is based in Kano State and implements projects in Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi and Niger States.


Development Communications | DevCom
Abiodun Owo and Ayodele Adesanmi, Program Officers

Champions for Change


Development Communications (DevCom) Network is the leading media development organization in Nigeria with two decades of experience in science and public health advocacy through the media. They have worked on issues including safe motherhood, nutrition, unsafe abortion, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and family planning campaigns. DevCom also trains media professionals, and does media advocacy and partnership development. The organization is based in Lagos but operates in all six geo-political zones.


EarthSpring International | EarthSpring
Victor Nyoroh, Director; Cyracus Onwumere Program Officer

Champions for Change


EarthSpring International advocates for women and children inmates in Nigeria’s extensive prison system by providing highly vulnerable women and children access to health care services and coordinating efforts to care for newborn children in prison. The organization is headquartered in Kuje, Abuja and implements projects in the FCT, Nassarawa, Benue, Kogi, and Plateau States.


Girl Child Concerns
Iliyasu Mohammed, Program Manager; Fatima Barauna, Legal Advisor

Champions for Change


Girl Child Concerns provides holistic interventions to meet the needs of adolescent girls, focusing on their reproductive health and educational needs. The organization has offices in Abuja and Kaduna and operates projects in Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi and Niger States.


Girls’ Power Initiative | GPI
Priscilla Mahah, Program Officer; Ehita Aikpitanyi, Program Coordinator

Champions for Change


Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) is a non-governmental youth development organization with the mission to empower in-and-out of school girls between the ages of 10-18 to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health rights and achieve their full potential. The organization has a head office in Delta State and implements program activities in Delta, Cross Rivers, and Edo States.


Women Friendly Initiative | WFI
Henrietta Itsemekhona, Reproductive Health Officer; Ilesanmi Olubusayomi, Advocacy Program Associate

Champions for Change


Women Friendly Initiative conducts advocacy for improved policy environment for comprehensive RMNCH services and promotion of access to adolescent and youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services, particularly primary and secondary care. The organization is based in Kuje, Abuja and implements national, state, and local activities with a focus in Bauchi and Gombe States.


Women’s Health and Action Research Centre | WHARC
Wilson Imogan, Deputy Executive Director; Oluwatoyin Owolabi, Program Officer

Champions for Change


Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) works to promote the sexual and reproductive health and social well-being of women and adolescents (especially girls) through research, documentation, evidence-based advocacy and service delivery. Programmatic focus areas include: maternal, neonatal and child health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, family planning, evidence-based research and advocacy, and strategic health research communication. WHARC is based in Benin City, and the organization has a national geographical focus and implements activities in all of the six geo-political zones.


Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases & Social Vices | YOSPIS
Abdulrazaq Alkali, Executive Director; Abdullahi Mohammad, Senior Program Officer

Champions for Change


Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases & Social Vices (YOSPIS) promotes the social well-being of young people, including women of reproductive age, through empowerment campaigns and direct service delivery. The organization is based in Kano and implements activities in northern Nigeria.


Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy Network – Malawi
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Howard Harrison Kasiya (2010 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


AGANET Malawi is a network of individuals, organizations, and institutions in the public, private, and donor community working together to advocate for adolescent girls’ issues in Malawi and facilitate a visible and unique promotion of their well-being and sustainable livelihood.


Centre for Alternatives for Victimized Women and Children | CAVWOC
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Joyce Phekani (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


CAVWOC’s mission is to empower women and children who have been victimized, specifically promoting women’s and children’s rights and achievement of gender equality regardless of one’s ethnicity, race, religion, sexuality, and sexual orientation.


Chilimba Women & Orphans Care Group
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Christopher Mtima (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


Chilimba’s mission is to support orphans and HIV/AIDS-affected families by providing food, school fees, home-based care, and counseling. They also address behavior change at the community level around traditional initiation practices that negative impact adolescent girls.


Creative Centre for Community Mobilization | CRECCOM
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Thomas James Kanjodo (2010 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


CRECCOM is based in Zomba City in the southern region of Malawi. The organization’s mission is to empower individuals and mobilize communities so that they can advocate for their human rights, particularly focused on young mothers returning to school.


Development Broadcasting Unit of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation | DBU / MBC
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Emmanuel Thuwala (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


DBU is a semi-autonomous arm of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation that focuses on development communication. Their major role is to contribute to the national development through a participatory communication approach with the goal of ensuring national dialogue around development issues, including issues related to HIV and AIDS, and emphasizes behavior change.


The Ecumenical Counselling Centre
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Elita Chayala Jobe (2010 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


The Ecumenical Counselling Centre works to improve the psycho-social wellbeing of vulnerable groups such as persons living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, women, and elderly. It provides psychosocial support through training, counseling, and advocacy which empower and enable people of these vulnerable populations to make their own decisions, rather giving them specific advice in Lilongwe, Malawi.


Foundation for Community Support Services | FOCUS
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Esther Munthali (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


The organization’s mission is to improve the sexual and reproductive health of youth, women, and other vulnerable groups, including commercial sex workers. In collaboration with Let Girls Lead, FOCUS works to lobby members of parliament in Karonga District to raise the legal marriage age from 14 to 18 by revising the Marriage Act.


Girls’ Empowerment Network | GENET
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Faith Phiri (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


The organization’s mission is to promote and advocate for economic, social, and emotional well-being of girls and young women and to influence positive social transformation. GENET’s pioneering approach has successfully advocated for the passage of local bylaws prohibiting child marriage, and the implementation of stiff penalties for those who perpetuate the practice. The organization has also been active in developing media advocacy tools to use in the fight against marriage, including a video about harmful traditional practices in Malawi.


Nkhotakota AIDS Support Organization | NASO
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Esther Hara Kamanga (2011 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


The organization’s mission is to facilitate behavioral change that supports positive sustainable change in norms, attitude, and individual household practices.


Sub-Saharan Child and Community Development Trust | SACCODE-Trust
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Tawina Kopa-Kamanga

Let Girls Lead


The organization’s mission is to mitigate the poor economic conditions of vulnerable people in targeted Sub-Saharan regions of Africa. In collaboration with Let Girls Lead, SACCODE-Trust worked in the Ntchisi District Council to improve adolescent girls’ access to education in collaboration with adolescent girls themselves and development partners in the education sector.


Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy Network – Liberia
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Aisha Cooper Bruce (2010 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


AGANET Liberia is a vibrant network of agencies and individuals working together to conduct national advocacy activities for the protection of the rights of girls and to ensure that the Government of Liberia increases its commitment to meeting the socio-economic needs and wellbeing of this vulnerable and often overlooked sub-population.


Aiding Disadvantaged Girls and Women | ADWANGA
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Amelia M. Cooper (2012 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


ADWANGA conducts advocacy programs to end gender-based violence, promote women’s rights, and encourage civic and political participation. Advocacy efforts target the Girls’ Education Policy which mandates provision of safe spaces for girls. The group also promotes girls’ education via allocation of scholarships and provides business support for women living with disabilities (WLWDs).


Center for Justice and Peace Studies | CJPS
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Francis Kenyon (2012 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


CJPS envisions a Liberia that treats young people with respect and dignity and works for a more just society with and through young people, leading to a reduction in multi-dimensional poverty in rural Liberia. Their projects focus on issues of income poverty, HIV/AIDS, social exclusion of youth, and violence and trauma amongst youth.


Community Empowerment and Sustainable Program, Inc. | CESP
Let Girls Lead Fellow: James F. Kamanda II (2012 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


CESP has 20 years of experience in project implementation working to protect girls who have been sexually abused or exploited as well as advocate for a national policy addressing gender-based violence.


Helping Our People Excel, Inc. | HOPE
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Aisha Cooper Bruce (2010 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


The Mission of H.O.P.E., Inc. is to empower the Liberian people through socio-economic programs and community-based initiatives. Their vision is to ensure the Educational, Social and Economic Empowerment of Liberians with a special focus on women and young people.


Save Lives Liberia | SLL
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Adeola Famikinwa & Emmanuel Morgan (2012 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


Save Lives’ mission is to address the needs of women and children through women’s empowerment, advocacy, youth development, health, agriculture, gender equality, and good governance. In collaboration with Let Girls Lead, Saves Lives Liberia is working to reduce child and forced marriage, which disproportionately affects adolescent girls in rural Liberia.


Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness | THINK
Let Girls Lead Fellow: Rosana Schaack (2010 Cohort)

Let Girls Lead


THINK focuses their programs on rehabilitation and reintegration, child protection, prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual and gender based violence, early childhood care and development, sexual and reproductive health for adolescent girls, advocacy, economic empowerment of market women, elimination of gender based violence in Liberia. See this video for a spotlight on their programs.


Tizzita Mengesha Tefera
mTena (mHealth) for SRHR

Youth Champion Initiatives


The project will be a pilot project that will be conducted with, for and by high school and middle school students 10-19 in selected schools in Addis Ababa. Using design thinking and youth focus groups in a selected public high school and middle school, the project will together with the selected youth focus groups identify gaps in SRHR related knowledge and develop contextually relevant and targeted content regarding SRHR issues. At the end of the process they would have developed Youth friendly SRHR content and a software platform to disseminate the developed content via short code SMS.


Firehiwot Mohammed
Let’s Talk

Youth Champions Initiative


This interactive and participatory ‘let’s talk’ talk show in Bole high school in Addis Ababa will empower youth to make responsible sexual and reproductive health choices, and link them to health and counseling services.


Nikodimos Takele
An App to Fill the Gap

Youth Champions Initiative


This initiative develops and markets Noworries, a mobile app that provides enhanced access to contraception information and utilities, promoting use and effective use of contraception with the aim of contributing to the goal of reducing unwanted/unplanned youth pregnancy in Addis Ababa.


Marta Tsehay
Mobile for Students Reproductive Health in Addis Ababa University – Ethiopia

Youth Champions Initiative


This project increases reproductive health information and service utilization of Addis Ababa University. It sends 3,000 monthly text messages to 3,000 students, and increases family planning adherence and utilization by providing 200 reminder texts to 100 students while connecting them to health services.


Yeabsira Bogale
Gamification in SRHR

Youth Champions Initiative


Gamification in sexual and reproductive health and rights is a pilot project that aims to develop and playtest innovative educational games that work best in the Ethiopian context, which can help positively influence young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights choices. This youth-led project will be implemented together with young students in Hawassa University.


Yosef Ahmed
Dormitory Based Youth Friendly SRHR Information and Services

Youth Champions Initiative


The goal of the project is to improve the health and quality of life of female students in Adama University by providing high quality sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services through service provider capacity building, youth mentorship, and increasing access to SRHR services in dorms.


Tinbit Daniel
Girls in Red (GIR)

Youth Champions Initiative


Girls in Red introduces a new action drama animation series that features three super heroines, Tigist (patience), Tesfa (hope) and Ewnet (truth) who are between the ages 10 – 18 and takes us on their adventure of how life in Ethiopia is for young girls as they fight issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights and societal injustice.