For E2A, young people were much more than a key population in need of information and health care. They were our valued partners and, increasingly, our priority in nearly every country where we worked. Our support for young people (ages 15–24) was cross-cutting and driven by four basic principles: (1) recognizing the diversity of youth and their corresponding needs, (2) cultivating youth participation and leadership, (3) utilizing socio-ecological model to guide our overall strategy for the improvement of adolescent and youth reproductive health, and (4) employing a gender-transformative approach.
We intentionally focused on uniquely vulnerable youth populations, like first-time mothers and fathers, who are often starting their reproductive lives without critical information and health services. By promoting a carefully sequenced package of information and services, our programs addressed the immediate reproductive health needs of young first-time parents and facilitated their action to improve their families’ wellbeing and future.