Youth Advocates Ghana – Nsawam, Ghana
Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG) was founded in 2010 to provide the youth of Nsawam-Adoagyiri with basic education on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, drug abuse and good sanitation practices, and also to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDs and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) in the municipality.
YAG also train volunteers from young key populations such young sex workers, young people living with HIV/AIDS and youth engaged in drug injection. This trainings aim to form peer educators on HIV & STI prevention. In addition, the organization promotes behavior change communication programmes such as interactive theatre performances, condom promotion and HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC).
Through the projects developed by the organization, it is intended to reduce by at least 50% HIV/AIDS reinfection among the youth living with HIV/AIDS in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri municipality, increase by at least 50% the number of youth commercial sex workers in the target communities who practice safer sex in and to increase by 50% the number of youth in target group who know their status.
YAG also seeks to economically empower the target group with entrepreneurial and vocational skills as alternative livelihood support.