Action 4 Health Uganda (A4HU) employs a Youth Empowerment approach in promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) among young people. The holistic approach involves parents, teachers, community leaders, religious leaders and political leaders to address youth SRH, life skills, entrepreneurship, leadership skills, talent and career development needs through structures called Youth Empowerment Centres, which nurture young people in Youth Clubs into independent, innovative solution seekers to their problems.
Action 4 Health established five Youth Empowerment Centers to coordinate the work of its youth clubs in its districts of operation towards developing a holistic response to the reproductive health and socio-economic needs of young people in Uganda. The members of the YECs are voted by youth club members and have a one-year tenure in Office, to allow for fresh ideas and innovations from young people to be developed.
Say Hi! to our 2019 Youth Empowerment Center representatives!
- Hi! I’m Cynthia. I’m from the “Resilient Youth Club” in Tororo. I am a people-person and love to create change. I would like to see the youth in my community economically empowered and knowledgeable of Sexual Reproductive Health in order to become great leaders of the next generation
- Hi there! I’m Gerald from PETTA Youth Club in Tororo. I learnt how to express myself when I joined my club and had to meet and talk to new people all the time. I would really want the youth to avoid being idle and seek to have a voice in public
- Hello, I’m George. I’m part of YTEDA youth club in Tororo district. I enjoy community outreaches because I get to inspire young people like me to become well motivated and self-driven and successful in life
- Hi, my name is Faiswal. I’m the Treasurer of Kasawo youth club in Mukono district. I want to be a change agent and influence leadership in my community. I want the youth to access health services fearlessly and to start small businesses in order to be great in future with the right skills and knowledge
- Hi! I’m Michael from Busia Youth Empowerment Center. I started Provident Initiatives Uganda, my youth club in 2011 when I attended a “Straight Talk” activity and realized that the interesting messages weren’t being shared in my community. My vision is for a community where young people are free to access SRH services and disclose their health status
- Hi I’m Joram. I created Muvubuka Agunjuse in 2008 when I was 12 years old because I had lost a family member to HIV/AIDS and I just wanted to get together with a few friends to fight HIV. I want a society of young people who are economically empowered and unafraid to make good healthy choices
- Hi I’m Deborah. I joined “Youth Plus” Kampala club in 2012 for fun, but I wound up learning so many things about health. I wish more and more girls would learn about SRH and stop dropping out of school because they are pregnant
- Hi I’m Joel. I joined Muvubuka Agunjuse in 2015. I was inspired by activities of young people when I attended a free HIV/AIDS testing clinic. I am eager to lead innovations in entrepreneurship with young youth club members. How can you just settle for a job without first exploiting small opportunities?
- Hi! I am Mariam Precious! I joined “Wamala’ club in 2016 because I’m an out-going person and I wanted to make new friends in a safe environment. I know that many youth are green about SRH so I want to teach girls especially to avoid risky sexual behavior because they are usually the ones that have to drop out of school
- Hi I’m Andrew. “Buuvi” youth club has been my home since 2016. I joined because I liked the fun activities they had like health talks, football. It is from there that I learnt about SRH and it has changed my life. I want the youth to get correct SRH information because they are often led by myths and misconceptions, but this needs to change