A Story Map of Youth Voices Project will use a photography, video, and audio story compilation to tell individual stories of young people with different backgrounds from different regions of Georgia. Stories will be uploaded on a website and tagged on a map, which will allow readers to zoom in and read individual stories.

Since the start of the project I have been implementing Phase I activities that include research, development, and planning. I contacted local organizations that will be partnering with this project and at the moment I am having meetings and discussions with representatives to introduce the project and plan forward. Local organizations will get involved and engage young people from their networks to conduct workshops in 4 different regions in Georgia in order to collect stories and materials for the digital media campaign. 

The approach I chose for this project is to combine photo, video, and audio materials and tag individual stories to a place from which it was collected. It will be an interactive and curious way for audiences to engage in the conversation about the issues of contraception and access to reproductive health services. I believe that communicating the issues and ideas through this combination of creative digital media will help reach new audiences and assist in achieving projects advocacy goals.  I also plan to add visual research data on printed media there by translating complex numbers into stories, and making them accessible to people from the target audience who might be unaware of the statistics. The final project will give young people access to digital stories and increase knowledge about youth sexual and reproductive health and rights, and contraception.

A Story Map of Youth Voices Project will serve as an interactive tool for young people to communicate to policymakers and other partners about issues of youth reproductive health, family planning, and contraception in Georgia. The project is a digital storytelling platform for young people to use to improve SRHR. The website will be officially launched during the photo exhibition, to show policymakers and other partners the outcomes of the project and make young people’s voices heard.

At this stage of the project, we are identifying locations and working through the logistical aspects of the workshops in collaboration with partner organizations. Young people will be invited to participate in the workshops through completing a short survey. We intend to engage the participants and empower them to use the stories that are told through project to spread youth voices. I think storytelling is an excellent vehicle to share issues of young people SRHR with larger audiences and allow young people to advocate for SRHR. 

About World Contraception Day:

In support of World Contraception Day and Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program, Women Deliver and Bayer will work in partnership on a three-year World Contraception Day (WCD) Ambassadors Project. The project equips young people with the skills they need to collect and share digital stories about young people’s SRHR and access to contraception in their home countries. The project includes a storytelling and digital media training, a seed grant, and advocacy opportunities for the Ambassadors to showcase their work at the international level.