New Resource: Supporting Scalable, Youth-Powered Programming --The Case of Smart Start in Ethiopia

18 November, 2019

Dear colleagues,

PSI and A360 are pleased to share a new technical publication, “Supporting Scalable, Youth-Powered Programming at the Community Level in Ethiopia: The Case of Smart Start.” This resource is available here, and a summary is provided below:

In the past three decades, global health programs aiming to improve adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) have yielded a number of notable successes. As the field of AYSRH evolves, however, questions remain about how to best design and implement youth-powered programming—demonstrably responding to the needs and experiences of youth, allowing them to equally partner in programs aimed at their health and wellbeing, and ultimately enabling their meaningful advancement in health, livelihood, and development. At the same time, the AYSRH field continues to advance its understanding of how to shape and refine these youth-powered programs to be implemented sustainably at scale. In 2016, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, PSI launched Adolescents 360 (A360), a 4.5-year program that works directly with young people to develop and deliver interventions that aim to increase demand for, and voluntary uptake of, modern contraception among girls aged 15-19 in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. This technical brief presents the case of Smart Start, A360’s intervention in Ethiopia, offering lessons for similar AYSRH programs seeking to design and implement scalable, sustainable, community-based programming for adolescents.

We hope you’ll find it of interest, and look forward to continuing to learn with our broader technical community. As always, apologies for any cross-posting.

With best wishes,

Meghan Cutherell

Meghan Cutherell

Sr. Associate Program Manager – Learning, Adolescents 360

Population Services International

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