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Youth are often the most at risk when health issues or other challenges befall a community. However, developing programs to meet the challenges of this population is not easy. Children’s physical, emotional and psychosocial development is multifaceted and dependent on such factors as age, education, family structure, and the unique personal challenges that each individual faces.
WellShare takes care to ensure that the programs we develop include youth-focused components. Here are just a few ways we are educating and caring for youth within the communities we serve:
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family planning and reproductive health, we provide age- and culture-appropriate reproductive health outreach education to adolescents, offering them the information they need to plan for a family and prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases.
HIV/AIDS prevention and management, we offer counseling and testing, provide programs in behavior and lifestyle change as well as STD and HIV/AIDS prevention, implement community-wide initiatives to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, [link to OVC section] and educate mothers to reduce transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child.
Somali Health Care Initiative expands youth programming
Since 2002, WellShare has partnered with two Somali community organizations to implement the Somali Health Care Initiative (SHCI). A core objective of the SHCI in 2008 and 2009 has been to expand the new youth development program to address additional youth health concerns. Read more.
Since 2004, the Somali Child Spacing Program has been providing culturally appropriate reproductive health education and resources to the Somali community in Minneapolis and to the health care providers who serve them. In recent years, WellShare has expanded its outreach efforts to include adolescents. Read more.
New HIV/AIDS DVD for Somali youth
Dalmar and Ebla, Karma and Love provides a culturally sensitive introduction to HIV/AIDS and examines the stigma on a Somali Community. To order your copy, click here. Order your copy.