A Community-Based Adolescent Health and Youth Development Center

Code:    02-018
Date:    10/01/2002 - 09/30/2003

After two years of implementation, the project was able to establish a sustainable youth center serving over 4000 young people aged 10-24 in Butuan City. The project: (1) provided information and skills among the young on dealing with adolescent health and responsible sexuality; (2) developed a core of 20 youth volunteers serving as peer facilitators for responsible citizenship; and (3) contributed to the reduction in the incidence of teenage pregnancy and other RH problems among the young.

A permanent structure to house the youth center and LGU appropriation for the continued operations of the center was constructed.

Presently, the Youth Center is temporarily based in the POPCOM Regional Office. Telephone counseling and group counseling services are being offered and there is a core group of trained peer facilitators. Fund raising, promotional activities for the center, and information dissemination in schools are also being conducted.