CHOICE and partners have started collecting ‘stories of change’ within our programs, in order to better understand our impact and how we can trigger change. Young people talk about the most significant change they perceived in their own lives or in their community as a result of our program. In earlier editions we wrote about Esther from Malawi and Brenda from Kenya. This story is about Ayantu from Ethiopia, who, by becoming a youth advocate, became a change agent.
In this series, we have set out to share some stories about CHOICE’s impact: the stories of young people we are able to change together with our partners. In the first edition, we wrote about Esther from Malawi and how she escaped child marriage. This second edition is about Brenda from Kenya, and how she grew from insecure and uninformed to a sexual and reproductive health and rights activist.
A strong and unified youth voice is more powerful than individual young people speaking out about their rights alone. With this conviction, CHOICE identified a third role for itself in 2013. Aside from being a capacity builder and an advocate, we also wanted to work as a ‘connector,’ bringing together youth voices worldwide. A first connector meeting took place in January 2014 in Nairobi, the Youth Leadership FYI week (Fostering Youth Led Initiatives), with representatives from all our five...