TYPF trains young people on how to advocate and build effective relationships with key stakeholders that influence and shape the content and context of specific laws and policies that impact young people’s health and human rights.
Each programme within the organization focuses on an aspect of policy work, working as a part of broader networks and at national policy forums, in coalitions with other young people, youth groups and civil society organizations addressing young people and women’s health and rights. For example, Blending Spectrum works at the community level to ensure that over 100 families living in the Nizamuddin Basti in New Delhi can access and obtain a form of permanent identity and are able to take full advantage of government schemes for free primary education. The programme works with members of the community, providing training on information relating to health and primary first aid as well as assisting them with placing children in schools and accessing schemes that provide mid day meals etc, as relevant for their children.
Three Fold Strategy
The three fold strategy of engaging young people at local, national and international Levels is based on the premise that grassroots voices should directly represent local realities at policy levels and that a rights based, participative process should influence how health policies are formed. Very often, this kind of representation of content, evidenced based voices from the field are missing at policy and decision making tables in the Global North and in government bureaucracy processes. We have developed strategies as we have learned from our own lessons in the field along with recommendations from advisors and organizations working across and within similar movements. Our programme partners work closely with us to shape programmes and their policy outreach.
- A bilingual campaign using peer-to-peer education and youth friendly messaging, which includes the use of diverse mediums of communication, including technology, the arts and looking at the cross cutting impact of issues such as gender, sexuality, violence, health and consent. The campaign, called ‘Know Your Body, Know Your Rights’ works with young people in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and the NCR.
- Programmes create strong youth-adult partnerships, that encourage the participation and mainstreaming of young people’s voices. We have worked with organizations such as NACO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, the MacArthur Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Government of India and service delivery organizations like HLFPPT, FPAI and IPPF.
- We conduct local and national training programmes with activists and youth leaders working in different rural and urban contexts with gender, disability, HIV and AIDS, education, health and rights, focussing on enabling youth friendly health services, organizational development, fundraising support and technical/communications training.
NACP IV Youth-Led Consultations (May-June 2011)
The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) reviews its strategic objectives and operational plan once every five years, with a high emphasis on young people and adolescents as a key vulnerable population. Currently at the close of its National Aids Control Programme III (NACP III), that is scheduled to reach its targets and objectives around mid-2012, NACO has renewed a multi stakeholder platform for civil society, working groups and technical experts to provide key recommendations for NACP IV. The programme will build on the successes of NACP III, focusing on increased coverage and prevention services for high-risk groups and vulnerable populations. As part of this process, ensuring participatory and inclusive decision making, as part of the widely consultative approach NACO undertook in NACP III, TYPF is working with Plan India (supported by NACO) to engage young people and adolescents to provide key recommendations for NACP IV.
In May and June 2011, TYPF partnered with Plan India to carry out 12 youth-led consultations with adolescents and young people to obtain their inputs and recommendations on HIV Prevention, AIDS Education and Sexuality Education provided under NACO’s guidance in schools. The proposed set of consultations reached out to more than 280 adolescents and young people across five states, (Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh) encouraging the meaningful participation of adolescents and young people in policy and decision-making processes such as NACP IV. Qualitative and narrative recommendations from the consultation will be provided back to NACO and members of the Youth and Adolescence Working Group as part of the same, providing critical input on the future direction of AIDS education programming for adolescents and young people, by June 2011.
- Bring young people from diverse communities together, building technical capacity and collective advocacy. With support from 20 partner and donor organizations in 2009, we brought together 600 young people from rural and urban communities across the country as part of the Project 19 Festival to advocate to governments for their health and rights. Part of our work is on challenging the notion that young people from diverse economics do not have politics and issues in common and cannot work with each other.
- Partnering with UN agencies and Civil Society Organizations in creating youth friendly content and strategizing on effective HIV Prevention and Sexual Reproductive Rights and Health programming with young people.
Some of these partnerships are:
- TYPF partnered with MAMTA and UNICEF on drafting a workshop curriculum on HIV prevention and training MAMTA trainers for a programme MAMTA carried out with 80 schools. (2010)
- Advocating with the Government in India on the need for health and rights within strategies conceptualized for young people by working with UNFPA, UNESCO and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on the review of the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) and the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). (2009)
- TYPF was part of the organizing and working group of youth organizations that drafted one of the first youth led consultations for recommendations towards the Planning Commission of India for India’s 11th 5 year plan, bringing together 64 youth organizations on policy recommendations to the government on 12 priority areas including the decentralization of health services. The Planning Commission has received this recommendations report. (2010)
- In 2011, TYPF is partnering with Akshara in Maharashtra and Sahayog in Uttar Pradesh to host state based consultations with young people and youth led organizations on young people’s feedback on the Adolescence Education Programme, to collate 3 youth led reports in Marathi, Hindi and English on successful strategies of implementing youth friendly comprehensive sexuality education.
- TYPF participates in Civil Society Consultations hosted by UN Agencies working with young people and adolescent’s health and rights to input strategic country plans that are drafted, implemented and reviewed. We provide inputs on strategies to reach adolescents and young people that are both in and out of school. In 2011, TYPF was part of a team of civil society organisations invited by UNFPA to provide input on how to make UNFPA’s next Country Program 8 (2013-2017) more responsive to the needs of young people. TYPF participated in the group that provided key recommendations for in-school adolescents between the ages of 14 and 19.
- Drafting and Advisory Group, National Strategic Framework for HIV Prevention for Adolescents and Young People (May 2010) for the National AIDS Control Organization, India.
- TYPF works as part of regional and international coalitions of young people, monitoring India’s commitments to health and rights and its political votes with reference to the same at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development and Commission on the Status of Women.
- We prioritize and monitor countries’ progress with implementing the ICPD PoA through our work with RESURJ. TYPF is a founder member of RESURJ, an international alliance of feminist activists seeking full implementation of international commitments to secure all women’s and young people’s sexual and reproductive rights and health by 2015. “RESURJ by 2015″ is a 10-point action agenda that places women’s and young people’s human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights, participation in decision-making, and accountability at the center of health programs and development efforts. Through RESURJ, TYPF works as part of the Civil Society Participation at the Commission on the Status of Women (2009 – 2011) to ensure that young people’s SRRH are recognized as a key investment priority by governments and that they make financing commitments to the same in official outcomes documents.
- TYPF is traveling with the Official Indian Delegation to the High Level Meeting on HIV in June 2011 at the United Nations, sponsored and selected by UNAIDS. We will advocate additionally with additional youth groups from South Asia for the inclusion of and need to support YSRRH in the HLM Outcomes Declaration.
- TYPF was the Technical Expert Organization for Young People for South Asia for a Global Survey conducted by The ATHENA Network and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) on collating responses of women living with and affected by HIV and other key populations of women and young people. The final report has been submitted for the HLM on HIV/AIDS in June 2011 to review the achievements made against the commitments of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS declaration of commitment of 2011. Our CEO presented the findings of the report for the South Asia Region in New York in April 2011.
- Our CEO serves on UNESCO’s Global Advisory Group on Sexuality Education (till 2012) on behalf of TYPF, advising UNESCO’s Global Strategy for scaling good quality sexuality education across Africa, Latin America and Asia.
- TYPF works with UNESCO Paris, UNFPA Geneva, UNICEF New York across various partnerships to develop political and curricula recommendations for reaching out to young people in at risk contexts, ensuring HIV prevention and looking at positioning Sexuality Education effectively in policy, including training young international leaders on informative skill and capacity building and organizational development at international forums.
- We are a part of informal networks of young people working across Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal on strategies to legalize and make the implementation of CSE and youth friendly health services accessible.
- TYPF has partnered with international youth networks and organizations such as Advocates for Youth, Y Peer and Youth Coalition as part of the Bali Youth Force at ICAAP in Indonesia and the Youth Working Group at the APCRSH in Beijing, training young people who have attended both conferences on advocating for YSRRH. We also conducted an official 3 month online training programme for young people attending APCRSH, on understanding the ICPD PoA and Beijing Platform for Action and its relevance to ensuring young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in collaboration with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA).