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Reaching Youth and Adolescents

ETHIOPIA

There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today. Pathfinder designs and implements sexual and reproductive health programs with and for young people, helping them to realize their fullest potential and make decisions about their bodies and their lives. Pathfinder has more than 20 youth programs in 15 countries.

Program Highlight: Act With Her

Pathfinder’s Act With Her program engages adolescent girls, boys, parents/caregivers, and local leaders to forge health, education, and social pathways which adolescent girls and boys need to thrive during their transition to adulthood. With a focus on very young adolescent girls (ages 10-14), community members engage in discussions around a wide variety of subjects, including puberty and menstruation, health, nutrition, education, safety, gender, communication, and economic empowerment.

Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Earlier my thought on my life was to marry and [care for] children only. So, I stopped my education. After I joined as a girl mentor the project awakened me and helped me to acquire confidence. Now I realized that I can do anything. I regretted discontinuing my education. I decided to return back to school for a better future.”

— Girls’ group mentor

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