Rising Up for Youth
July 31, 2019 | Rise Up
In July 2019, PHI's Rise Up brought together 22 young leaders from Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Mississippi, and Louisiana here in the San Francisco Bay Area to strengthen their leadership, build capacity, and launch game-changing initiatives to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice (SRHRJ) for young people in their communities. As Rise Up’s third cohort of Youth Champions, this diverse and talented group graduated from an intensive week-long Incubator, equipped with a new network, tools, and resources to design their own SRHRJ solutions for the next generation.
Read on for their reflections on this experience and keep an eye out for updates on these incredible Youth Champions and their impacts.
Mahlet Alemayehu, Ethiopia
Mahlet, a medical doctor and passionate advocate for women’s health, provides free medical service to underprivileged girls and women and advises on the design of a mobile application for family planning.
Mahlet (second from right, bottom) poses for a photo with fellow Rise Up Youth Champions
“My favorite part of the Youth Champions Initiative Incubator was the innovation and diversity. It helped me to have a global view and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights. I now have the network, friendships and support system that I need to advance my work.”
Ehsam, the founder and CEO of Pakistan Innovation Summit for Education, is working to shift the focus of Pakistan’s public health education to include family planning and education on abortion.
Youth Champion Ehsam during the Incubator