If You’re Not at the Table… You’re on the Menu: Positive Youth Development in Adolescents 360

Too often Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health projects aim for “youth-centeredness,” yet interventions remain adult-led, single-sectored and ignore adolescents’ cognitive, social and emotional development trajectories. Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a thirty-year evidence-based validating a holistic youth development approach.

Modern contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for contraception remains low among girls aged 15-19 in Ethiopia (32%/21%), Nigeria (5%/6%), and Tanzania (9%/11%) suggesting that many girls are not seeking contraception. Formative research indicates that girls from all three contexts desired greater autonomy and prioritize non-health issues.

Adolescents 360, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, revolutionizes adolescent access to contraception using a transdisciplinary approach of public health, Human-Centered Design, developmental science, cultural anthropology and youth engagement. At all stages, A360 applied a PYD lens, highlighting youth voice & decision-making, building their intrinsic skills, fostering healthy relationships, strengthening their environment & seeking systems change.

This presentation, first delivered at the International Conference on Family Planning in November 2018, explores this, and more. Click the link below to dive in.