Yuva Nestham, which means 'advocate for youth' in the local language, has four central components:

1.   Free adolescent reproductive health counseling and education 

2.  Social and Emotional Learning curriculum

3.  Income-Generating Activities

4. Truancy Assessment Project 

Adolescent health counseling and education:

  • Operations include school-based counseling and education about issues related to sexual and reproductive health and hygiene
  • Staffed by six young health assistants (3 male & 3 female) who visit 25 selected schools once per week 
  • 1,350 students benefit

Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum:

The curriculum’s objective is to improve the self-esteem and positive life skills of schoolchildren at 25 schools through capacity-building in the following areas:  self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, gender equality, and responsible decision-making skills.

 Income-Generating Activities:

  • Goals:
    • Promote economic empowerment by providing income-generating opportunities for youth
    • Provide leadership skills through partnership with technical experts from the business development sector
  • Products are made at school with girls and boys and sold to the government and/or girls’ self-help groups. All profits directly benefit students.
  •  Implemented in 10 schools
  • 200 students benefit

Truancy Assessment Project (TAP):

  • TAP is a biometric approach to measuring chronic absenteeism toward reducing dropout
  • The program consists of a fingerprint scanner paired with a tablet running on a tracking software and uses students’ fingerprints to record daily attendance
  • Four dedicated Education Extension Workers (EEWs) monitor data to identify students who are chronically absent (more than 3 days/month) for follow up
  •  EEWs then follow up by phone or conduct home visits wherein they interview family members about reasons for absences and brainstorm possible solutions.
  • Implemented in 10 schools
  • 730 students benefit

Yuva Nestham is designed as a research study to measure the effect of these interventions on psychosocial wellbeing, school attendance and job skills of our participants.