Youth Development Program
FHIDO has been engaged to address the most underprivileged youth residing in its project areas, surviving on meager of resources and constantly seeking out a purpose for their life. The organization has been working with the youth who have never been nurtured and reared in a way to develop into a productive generation.
FHIDO has good past record of working with the youth for their development and inclusive growth and economically empowering the youth, which has the potential of integrating the values of a good and productive citizen in youth, motivating them to lead a normal life by providing them a platform to develop and showcase their skills. It has been benefiting most marginalized and vulnerable group of youth within the project areas and developed them into a productive and empowered citizen thereby reducing unemployment rate among the target community through the implementation of youth livelihood interventions.
The different training such as life kill, youth leadership, SRH and other related interventions also played crucial role by reducing youth delinquency and related problems. It has been facilitating the provision of vocational training to the women and youth. The organization has supported for more than 1200 youth in vocational training and start up materials and capitals wherein, most of the beneficiaries are successfully placed in satisfactory jobs.
Program Goal: Youth (aged 15-24) that are deprived, excluded and vulnerable have greater access to opportunities and safe and supportive environments for strengthening their economic, physical and social well-being and for bringing lasting and positive change in their communities by 2018.
1. To increase 25% of targeted youth ages 15-24 employment at a living wage in non-exploitive work by 2018.
2. To improve 30% of targeted15-24 years’ youth’s decision on healthy reproductive choices by 2018.
3. To increase 15% of targeted15-24 years’ youth’s engagement as change agent in their families, and communities by 2018.
Achievement by Domain
Domain 1: youth employed at a living wage in non-exploitive work
Pathway 1: Work readiness
In order to make the target youth competent and ready for work, FHIDO conducted visibility and market assessment and advised the youth to create their own income through the modalities stated in the visibility study and market assessment.
So far, more than 1200 youth benefited through vocational skill training, Business skill training and startup materials and started to generate their own income.
Moreover, through the direct financial and technical support provided to university students, FHIDO can assist more than 400 target youth to attend their tertiary education properly and graduate with full confidence. Now the graduated youth employed in different organization and started to support themselves as well as FHIDO’s fundraising initiatives by forming alumni association.
Pathway 2: Workforce development and protection policies
In order to improve school attendance rate and reduce drop-out, scholastic materials like exercise book & pen were provided to youth who were attending secondary schools, TVET & college education in different schools. The support curved the educational materials constraints of students and helped the students to start their education equally with other school children.
Some of the constraints of students and caregivers at the start of every school year is lack of capacity of a family to cover school uniforms which sometimes perpetuate school dropout. To alleviate such problem, FHIDO has been providing school uniforms for selected students in its project intervention areas. In addition to the aforementioned direct material support, the organization exerted its effort to strengthen woreda child protection committee and address child labor and education issues through awareness, advocacy, and improved coordination child labor monitoring systems at the local level in order to track and evaluate children at risk.
Pathway 3: Resiliency, coping and decision making skill
In order to increase the resiliency, coping and decision making skill of target youth ongoing psychosocial support and life skill peer- to- peer sessions conducted for target youth. The sessions are effective in conveying the basic skills and knowledge of psychosocial support, life skill, communication, networking sexual violence and HIV AIDS issues. As a result of the life skill and psychosocial support serious sessions target youth decision making skill in pertinent matters and their problem solving skill improved considerably.
Domain Two: Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
Pathway 1: Youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health service
TO create access to youth-friendly, confidential and accessible reproductive health services, FHIDO equipped youth centers and in school SRH clubs found in the target area through pregnancy test kit, laboratory equipment’s, SRH oriented IEC/ BCC materials, furniture, SRH and HIV counseling rooms renovation and other related supports. As a result of this support both youth in the target area specially in the hot spot areas can access youth friendly SRH services freely.
Beside the center based support, sanitary pads were provided for high school girls who are estimated to serve them for about a year. The support created worry-free school-time for girls and also contributed to decrease absenteeism. It also enabled the school going girls to effectively attend their education and built their confidence during their stay in school.
Pathway 2: Supportive homes and communities
The peer to peer education was a time whereby well-trained and motivated peer educators undertook informal or organized educational activities with their peers who were similar to themselves in age, background or interests aimed at developing their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and skills and enabled them to be responsible for and live in a supportive home and community. The sessions were facilitated by peer educators using the prepared manual on the topic. The sessions used organized sessions with participants, using interactive techniques such as quizzes, role plays and stories followed by group discussions and informal conversations with participants, talking about different types of behavior on GBV, HIV/AIDS and SRH issues that put their health at risk and where they can find more information and practical help.
Hence, FHIDO has undertaken peer sessions in all its project sites. The sessions were significant in bringing about behavior change of the youth on the topics under discussion. It enabled the participants to get a great deal of information from their peers on issues that are especially sensitive or culturally taboo. It also created opportunities to empower the participants since it offered them the opportunity to participate in activities that affect them and to access the information and services they need to protect their health.
Pathway 3: Community- based protection mechanism against sexual exploitation and abuse
To increase communities understanding and address sexual exploitation and abuse different training provided to woreda child protection unit members and other community representatives. In addition, office equipment and stationary support provided to woreda child protection unites found in the target area. The support enabled the CPU to exercise their responsibility as a CPU and device community based child and youth abuse mitigation strategy.
Domain Three: Youth Change Agents
Pathway 1: Collective Youth Action
Establishing and strengthening of enrolled children and youth forum is important for the group members to exercise their SRH rights, participate in planning, request an organized demand for their economic needs during FHIDO’s program implementation and share other social issues among members.
Accordingly, children and youth forum were established at four project sites. All sites elected chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary for the forum who will be responsible to smoothly run the established forum in future.
On the other hand, the support provided to different music, drama and Art clubs encouraged youth to participate in different forums and collectively act for their mutual interests.