Youth Changers Kenya
Youth Changers Kenya (YCK) is a community based organization that was established in 2015. YCK seeks to promote Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) through advocacy, provision of information and services through referrals, mentorship & leadership training and providing psychosocial support to young people.
YCK envisages a community where young people have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, and the SRHR needs and choices of young people are respected. YCK is committed to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights information for vulnerable groups especially girls from tea plantations and marginalized young people in Kiambu area.
YCK was founded to address the challenges that young girls in Limuru are grappling with; high rates of teenage pregnancy, unreported cases of sexual abuse, low levels of SRHR information and services, low uptake of contraceptives and school drop outs due to teenage pregnancy.
Advocacy: YCK works closely with other organizations to provide inputs in policies and participate in policy reviews so as to address the needs and challenges of young people as they relate to SRHR through participation at County, National, Regional and International processes.
Adolescent Girls and Young Women: The project is supported by LVCT Health. We conduct consistent sessions with adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 years on HIV awareness, sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections, relationships, and contraceptives. The project uses soccer to share information on sexual health and links young girls to SRHR services.
Mentorship and leadership: the Mentorship & leadership project involves training young people on numerous challenges that hinder them from achieving goals and enable them make informed choices and decisions. YCK seeks to address different challenges that young people face including early sexually debut, drugs and substance abuse, media influence, peer pressure, basic life skills, risks of HIV and AIDS, STIs, unplanned pregnancy and leadership development. YCK works closely with schools and religious institutions to offer continuous capacity building on the issues highlighted. This is done thorough facilitation, experiential sharing and focus group.
Sexual violence: this program provides psychosocial support to young girls who have experienced sexual violence. This is done by providing individual and group counseling. YCK also trains human rights champions and key gate keepers who help in identifying and reporting cases of abuse.
- YCK does not have consistent funding to implement projects.
- Security threats for YCK members working on sexual violence cases.