Young, wild and…free?

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted the Bridging the Gaps Alliance additional funding to increase its reach among key young populations. The project was named Young, Wild and…Free? The question mark signifies the challenges many young people – 15 to 24 years old – face when they engage in sex work, use drugs or identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. 

An important part of the project is to better understand the needs of young key populations and to experiment with innovative interventions to ensure they can get better access to information and health services.

With this in mind, we want to support young people themselves to assess the specific health needs of their peers. We organised a training in Amsterdam on community research to enable a group of young, bright people to set up their own, local studies.

The training took place between 9 March and 11 March and was organised and facilitated by Mainline. Four teams of four, with people from South Africa, Kenya, Russia and Vietnam, participated. These young researchers were trained in the process to develop youth-led assessments as well as basic interview skills.

The next step is the implementation of the needs assessment. The first findings of these are expected by the end of July 2020 and will inform youth-friendly interventions in the 4 countries.

Check our project page for more info on our Bridging the Gaps project.

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