CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality has been around for quite some time now. But although we are no longer young in experience, we will always remain young at heart.
Let me tell you the lovestory of CHOICE:
1997 — FOUNDATION
The origins of CHOICE can be found in April 1997, when the World Population Foundation (one of the predecessors of Rutgers) installed the Council on Youth and Population. Fourteen young people from different backgrounds (political youth organizations, student associations and a national labor union) took place in the Council. The purpose of the Council was to create awareness in the Netherlands for reproductive and sexual rights for young people worldwide.
2005 — INDEPENDENCE
A major development took place in 2005, when the Council on Youth and Population changed its name into CHOICE, for youth and sexuality and became an independent foundation. CHOICE kept on growing and growing, as many passionate Youth Advocates passed through the organization.
2012 — NAME CHANGE
In the winter of 2012, the organization went through another significant but small change, when the official name was ‘updated’ to CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality.
2014 — SWEET SIXTEEN
Then one year later, in December 2013, CHOICE celebrated its coming of age with a Sweet Sixteen party.
2015 — MOVE TO AMSTERDAM
A change of scenery took place in 2015 when CHOICE switched office and moved from Utrecht to Amsterdam.
Today, CHOICE is still a proud, professional and energetic youth-led organization. We experienced growth both in numbers as in experience. We grew from 1 to 8 staff members in 4 years, we watch our financial numbers grow annually as we are developing and deepening our programs and we are able to say that we have grown into professional experts on Meaningful Youth Participation.
We are sure that CHOICE has a bright future ahead, so share our story or take action to support us in our work.
All young people worldwide should be able to explore, experience and express their sexualities in healthy, pleasurable and safe ways.