|Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health||
The YP Foundation works to build young people’s technical capacities to access unbiased, evidence-based information on gender, sexuality, health and rights, enabling them to negotiate cultural and political barriers faced at both community and policy levels. Our work on advocating for changes in young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) has been focused on strengthening platforms for young people to advocate with decision makers, engaging through dialogue, capacity-building and engaging key community-level stakeholders at local, state and national level. This ensures that young people can effectively participate in policy processes and provide critical input that corresponds with their lived realities. The programme was founded in 2002, using a bi-lingual peer-to-peer education model that primarily addressed an in-school population of urban youth, with a key focus on addressing women and girls and reducing gender-based violence and discrimination. In 2006, the programme expanded to work with young people from peri-urban and rural areas, focusing on adolescents and young people living in at-risk contexts (street and slum children, young people living with HIV, young injecting drug users, children of female sex workers, young people living in BPL (below the poverty line) communities) through peer-to-peer education and policy consultative processes. The YP Foundation is currently working primarily in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Jhansi districts), through a model of community-based partnerships that focuses on skill-sharing, capacity-building workshops and supporting youth-led, state-level advocacy efforts. We have collaborated with youth groups and young activists from 18 states across India, including Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kashmir, Nagaland, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Bihar.
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