Creating Leaders in communities
“Adolescents are not big kids or little adults. They have their own needs and challenges. They are prone to mental health issues and emotional trauma. They deal with emotional, physical and social changes, which may cause changes in relationships. Problem solving abilities and general ways of thinking are needed by these adolescents so that they are able to cope with the challenges they meet in life. Young people that are living with HIV have unique needs compared to adults. Young people living with HIV and disabilities can have increased challenges in accessing health services.”
YPISA Champion Trainer
Young People’s information and Services Advocacy?
The YPISA model was created by SAFAIDS to empower young people about reproductive health. This programme is disseminated on a multi-dimensional level with the use of different media. This media includes the use of radios, internet, and different forms of literature to allow young persons to better understand their personal responsibility in their sexual reproductive health. As a result of the YPISA model NdaiZiva has facilitated the creation of radio listening clubs to open up a forum about Gender based violence. The main goal of the YPISA model is created especially to ensure that the youth can make use of sexual health and reproductive services that are available from private and public health institutions. One of the most important aspects of the YPISA model is that the trained youth can now identify themselves as YPISA champions, as they have completed the course and are now empowered to practice their new knowledge and educate their peers. Thus the YPISA model aptly fits in with the NdaiZiva programme. As such Ndaiziva educate selected youth in Norton within the YPISA model with the aid of SAFAIDS. In empowering the youth NdaiZiva inadvertently creates leaders within the community who can assertively use and create referral networks about the relevant health services concerning sexual health and reproductive issues.