GRS "life choices" session

This project will target at risk youth if 13-18 years, both girls and boys. It will deliver in schools and community centers in Nairobi. Young people from ages of 14-24 are particularly at risk for engaging risky behaviors and contracting HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that 5000 students will be directly reached with this project, with thousands more receiving information indirectly through peer education activities. The concept of using soccer as a development tool is quickly emerging and being recognized international as an effective means of reaching youth with health messages. Especially in context with the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa the focus will be on the African continent. Germany 2006 showed that there is a big potential in intercultural communication through football to improve health and social behavior. By using 15 local stars with credibility and role model status within the community, student will graduate from this program that takes seven months are expected to be ambassadors and teach others in their respective community, thus spreading the information that they have learned in the course. CASL developed a basic monitoring and evaluation system that helps track delivery of the project and measure its impact on Kenyan youth. The trainers are able to report on every activity that they conduct with youth and collect pre- and post- intervention data, to measure changes in student knowledge and attitudes about HIV/AIDS.

A consultant will as well be hired to enhance the capacity building of the peer educators. The participants of the program will be issued with the Extra-Time magazine, a resource for peer educators and participants that has the look and feel of a soccer magazine and contains valuable information about HIV/AIDS.

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