Our curriculum is called the Journey4Life. A highly attuned youth empowerment program that places emphasis on three things: personal growth, meeting an individual’s needs, and giving power back.
We take a step away from fear and hidden conversations and step towards self-discovery and open discourse. We enable them to shape their own journey. The content is adaptable to the needs of the young people and cultural context. It is sexuality education, redesigned.
It takes young people on a journey of self-discovery, transforming them into confident individuals with gender egalitarian attitudes, and the ability to critically question and challenge existing social norms.
- Is an experiential, peer-led approach with proven success in building confidence
- Consists of a minimum of 12 sessions delivered in the course of three to five months. The curriculum targets 10 to 24-year-olds but is customised age-appropriately based on the context.
- Is a transformation model that tackles the key determinants that influence intentions to change behavior: from ME (building self-confidence), to ME and YOU (creating gender egalitarian attitudes), to ME and SOCIETY (critically assessing and challenging social norms).
- is delivered by trained Champions4Life, who empower young people rather than educate them; they are facilitators of transformation.
- Is aimed at changing behavior of young people; for example delaying sexual debut, practicing contraception and accessing health services.
- Is delivered by at least two peers per 20 to 40 participants. New research shows that programs that are delivered with greater intensity or for a longer duration are more efficient than shorter programs because they allow for more in-depth discussion of and reflection on cultural and gender norms that have a powerful effect on individual behavior and capacity to change.
- Is about personal growth and meeting young people’s individual needs, enabling them to shape their own journey. Currently, most SRHR curricula do not pay enough attention to empowering young people and building agency. Which means more often than not the inner work that is needed to develop personal leadership is neglected in SRHR.
- Is delivered in close partnership with expert organizations who create enabling environments and provide youth-friendly services.