Positive Youth Initiative
Country of Operation
- Movement of Men against AIDS in Kenya (MMAAK)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryPositive Youth Initiative (PYI) is a youth group housed by Movement of Men against AIDS in Kenya (MMAAK) at the Metropolitan Hospital in Buruburu, Nairobi.
Positive Youth Initiative was formed from the conviction that young people (17-24) have the right to participate and develop programs that interest them as youths. PYI provide youths with a voice to shape and change policy that affects them, and provides a support group to help them share and freely articulate issues affecting them.
Key program components
Positive Youth Initiative offers youth friendly services and creates an opportunity for youth to access information and quality services in reproductive health and sexual issues. The primary activity of PYI is their weekly support group meetings. In this way, PYI meets a unique need in that it provides a forum where infected and affected youth can discuss issues that are specifically relevant to them. PYI conducts the following activities: 1. Group counseling for HIV+ youth: PYI group therapies support and encourage youth who test positive to continue living life in a positive way. 2. Dialogue forums facilitated by the youths are where youths, infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in the community, interact and discuss issues that affect them. 3. Trainings for youths in order to sharpen their knowledge and skills in self management, running of support groups, treatment literacy, and home-based care. 4. Sporting activities are encouraged to the youths as a way for them to live more positively. 5. Community outreaches target the community and youth by creating awareness on issues affecting youths in relation to HIV/AIDS, sex, and sexuality. PYI educates youths in and out of school on how to survive in a world of HIV and AIDS, and outreaches are conducted within the community to create awareness on social issues that expose youths to HIV infection. Some of the topics that are dealt with include alcoholism and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS prevention, sex and sexuality, and reproductive health issues. 6. Conducts mobile voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) to reach out to youths in the community, and facilitates referrals to youth friendly clinics. 7. Establishment of a comprehensive care clinic. 8. Promotion and distribution of condoms.