The World Contraception Day (WCD) Ambassadors Project - a partnership between Women Deliver and Bayer - equips young people with the skills they need to collect and share digital stories about young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), particularly access to contraception in their home countries. The project includes a storytelling and digital media training, a $5,000 seed grant, and advocacy opportunities for the Ambassadors to showcase their work at the international level.
- Support positive communications among young people about their SRHR;
- Spur on storytelling about contraception, family planning, and reproductive health for young people and adolescents;
- Raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, at the community level;
- Engage in myth-busting efforts and combat stigma about youth SRHR and contraceptives through innovative communications techniques and digital story-telling; and
- Identify significant knowledge gaps and fact-sharing opportunities among young people.
By equipping the WCD Ambassadors with the tools they need to collect the stories of young people in their communities, the project is fostering the next generation of champions for SRHR. By strengthening the knowledge and skills of young leaders and creating more opportunities for youth advocates to share their stories, ideas, and expertise, the project raises awareness of young people’s perspectives and needs.
Young people are the best spokespeople for their own needs and powerful agents of change to transform policies, programs, and communities for the better. The project will provide the global SRHR community with more insight into the realities of young people at the country, regional, and global levels and spark a discussion on how to best meet young people’s needs.
All WCD Ambassadors are Women Deliver Young Leaders.
Women Deliver's Young Leader Program seeks to seeks to ensure that adolescents and young people are involved and provided with the information, services, and opportunities needed to live to their full potential. The program provides opportunities for Young Leaders to build and strengthen their capacity and skills, while identifying national and global platforms for them to share their voices and experience. The Young Leaders Program includes:
- DIGITAL UNIVERSITY featuring two intensive 10-week courses on advocacy and project management, one-to-one meetings with faculty, webinars led by issue experts, and peer-to-peer learning.
- SPEAKERS BUREAU to identify national and global speaking opportunities for Young Leaders while elevating them to positions of influence and power.
- SEED GRANTS for Young Leaders to create and implement short term advocacy and communications projects that advance that the health, rights, and wellbeing of themselves as well as girls and women in their communities and across the globe.
- A SCHOLARSHIP to attend the Women Deliver Global Conference, which features a training component, a Youth Pre-Conference, Youth Zone, and media and speaking opportunities.
After being accepted into the Young Leaders Program, Young Leaders submit an additional application to receive a WCD Ambassadors Project seed grant.
Women Deliver will recruit its next class of Young Leaders in 2017.