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About

 

Since 2004, our programs have directly supported over 3 000 young people including young girls engaging in sex work mostly from Chitungwiza, Seke Rural, Beatrice and Marondera

 

In 2014: Our programmes reached 3 800 and 1 453 social media engagements with 63% girls and women participation. We pride our work in using creative social music, theatre performances and community dialogues.

The Organisation

 

Youth Advocates Zimbabwe (NA 013/0910)

 

We are an award winning youth led organisation, complimenting government efforts towards achievement of Millennium Development Goals in line with relevant national policies and global commitments through championing efforts to help young people and communities make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health also civic responsibilities. As young professionals, we are on a mission to empower young people and communities about their reproductive rights, social and civic responsibilities through advocacy, information sharing and transformative education whilst fostering a culture of human rights. We address issues affecting young people including crime, prostitution, unemployment, HIV and lack of basic rights, roles also civic responsibilities thus the ultimate aim is service to humanity including those physically challenged and embattled by the odds in society.

 

Some of our achievements include:

 

  • In 2013, we were finalist for the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum Label (Paris, France)
  • Since 2004, our programs have reached over 375 000 young people, working in partnership with several organizations and relevant government ministries.
  • We are proud recipients of the MTV Staying Alive Award (2011) for extraordinary efforts in HIV prevention.
  • In 2012 we were awarded the Newsday People’s Choice Junior Citizen Community Builder award.
  • YAZ director was selected one of the African region HIV Young Leaders Fund Community Grants Review Panellist in Netherlands and Thailand 2010-2012 with the auspices of Tides Foundation and UNFPA.
  • We are an active member in the World Aids Campaign national working group

 

We played an active part in contributing to the development of the UNESCO’s Youth Summary of the 2012 Education for All, General Monitoring Report

The National Youth Board composed of experts from various sectors oversees the operations of YAZ administration. Our administration has the Executive Director, Programs Coordinator, Finance and Administration Officer, Communications and Advocacy Coordinator.  They are all on voluntary basis. We have community and schools young advocates clubs working to promote access to sexual and reproductive rights and entrepreneurship, 342 community volunteers and mentors

 

Recent Impacts 2012-2013: 250 Peer leaders and community volunteers trained and active in impact areas on advocacy, SRHR, HIV/AIDS prevention and psychosocial support

60 000+ young people and policy makers reached with integrated services and education on SRHR, HIV/AIDS, basic counselling, livelihoods and basic rights.

Capacity building for High Schools and Colleges on HIV/AIDS and SRHR, in Chitungwiza and Seke rural

 

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OUR MISSION

OUR VALUES

Our Mission

 

To empower young people and communities about their reproductive rights, social and civic responsibilities through advocacy, information sharing and transformative education whilst fostering a culture of human rights

Our Values

 

We envision youth leadership that is analytical, reflective, and responsive; a healthy generation whose ultimate goal is service to humanity.

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Governance and Accountability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with a youthful professional administration, YAZ has an independent board of experts overseeing our work. The organization has a Stanbic bank account in its own name Youth Advocates Zimbabwe with three authorizing signatories; at least two signatories can authorize a transaction.

 

Financial reports are done monthly and internal audits quarterly whilst external auditor coming once a year depending on the funding partner requirements. These transactions are guided by our financial charter enshrined in our constitution which spells out cash reporting, management and accountability issues.

 

 The board also receives reports on regular basis from the finance and administration officer. The organization also has vibrant internationally recognized Human Resources, Volunteer, Child protection and other policies developed with support from World Education Incorporated.

 

 

Summary

 

We address issues affecting young people and women including crime, access to education, gender based violence, unemployment, HIV and lack of basic rights and civic responsibilities thus the ultimate aim is service to humanity including those physically challenged and embattled by the odds in society.

 

Since 2004, YAZ worked with Adolescents [AGES 10-19], Young adults [20-25] and Young couples [26-31] specifically with those in schools and out of school groups, participants shared traumatizing experiences regarding issues of reproductive rights and decision-making.

 

Some of these include, gender based violence, horrifying abortion techniques (several of them leading to Teen deaths), Girls being expelled from school without opportunities to return to continue after delivery. Others include disintegration of family relationships as a result of teen behaviours’ cases of HIV/AIDS among teens and young adults, drug use and ‘sex hawking’ etc.

 

Cases of lack of basic rights, roles and civic responsibilities were evident during the experience sharing. Our commitment is to help these poor marginalized communities to access their rights and social protection and realize their dreams through professional youth led action.

 

 

Partners

 

Secure the Future

 

MTV Staying alive

 

Young people’s network

 

National Aids Council

 

Unicef

 

New Dimension Consulting

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