Developing Youth Leaders for Reproductive Health (Yo-4RH)

Code:    09-087
Date:    05/01/2009 - 10/31/2010

The project aims to help reduce the alarming reproductive health-related issues confronting young people by making them fully aware and skilled on how to handle responsibly their sexuality and reproductive health concerns. 

The key strategy is to establish a Reproductive Health Youth Base (RHUB) in five public secondary schools in five strategic towns in the provinve of La Union. Each RHUB will have facilities and services, serving as a laboratory for developing young student-leaders into peer-educators/leaders on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).  Its components are: (1) Integrating SRHR in the school system through the RHUBs; (2) Developing and engaging a core group of student-leaders; and (3) Developing and engaging a support network of teacher-mentors, NGO workers, and government officials.

To sustain the project, partnership with the Department of Education, Local Government Units, civil society organizations and business entities will be built.  

The project will have these outputs: (1) Enhanced learning modules on various aspects of SRHR and RHUB management (for teacher-mentors, student-leaders, and students in general) incorporating the results of the baseline survey; (2) Established five functional RHUBs in each target school managed by student leaders and guided by teacher-mentors; and (3) Trained at least 20 teacher-mentors, 100 student leaders, and 2,500 third and fourth year students on various aspects of SHRH, leadership and community citizenship, social entrepreneurship and project management.

PCPD recognizes the need to provide adequate information to the youth about SRHR and related concerns.  Putting up RHUBs with communication facilities, information services and strong support from various groups can be a step towards building young constituents for popdev advocacy.

This project is also an avenue for complementing the school system in so far as sexuality education is concerned.