The Youth Enterprise Model (YEM) Project

The Youth Enterprise model project supports increased access to SRH information and services among young people in Vocational Training Institutions and those involved in youth enterprises by linking youth economic activation and labor skills development with SRH health information and services. The project supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Packard Foundation is now in its second phase. In 2016; the following interventions were supported.

Impact of YEM: Following the conclusion of phase one in 2015, a mid-line assessment indicated STF radio programs followed by peer educators and schools/academic institutions were cited as the main source of information demonstrated by high awareness levels amongst most youths about STIs/ STDs. Further evidence show improved health seeking behavior among beneficiaries eg four in every ten of young people, who read, saw or heard about SRH messages from the YEM project sought HIV counseling, testing, care services and prevention of sexual violence and abuse. This assessment indicated enhanced capacity among institutions demonstrated by various strategies and infrastructure adopted by the institutions to provide information and services to young people. At health facility level; there was enhanced youth friendly service delivery as a result of health worker training.