Youth Care Projects is committed to advocacy which is the conscious effort aimed at changing public perceptions and influence policy decisions. The importance of advocacy is further underscored by its usefulness in serving as a significant tool for improving adolescent reproductive health.
Youth Care Projects is demonstrating this commitment through grassroots–focused sensitization that exposes various community groups to the magnitude of the challenges faced by young people and how stakeholders can play a supportive role in addressing the challenges.
Advocacy and community education program is aimed at ensuring widespread acceptance of youth programs and to engage parents with the view to addressing biases and fixations relating to sexual and reproductive health in the local communities.
It is a common knowledge that health care providers, teachers, and religious leaders are often confronted with the challenge of parents feeling uncomfortable with sexual and reproductive health issues.
To enhance effectiveness, advocacy, and community education target wide range of stakeholders comprising women organizations, men’s group, and various social platforms as well as Parent Teachers Association (PTAs).
Broad participation of stakeholders including governments at all levels, the communities and civil society organizations in the planning and implementation process of Adolescent Reproductive Health programs has become very crucial because government policies and traditional believes – written or unwritten -significantly affect young people’s health.
One obvious advantage of the strategy of advocacy and community is that policy commitment, operational efficiency, synergy, adequate funding as well as the potential for maximizing project impacts and project sustainability are attainable with greater prospects for impacting on project delivery.