Equality for Women and Girls

Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal

Young people  want and deserve the power to make decisions about their bodies, lives, and futures.  It is both their right and their responsibility.  In 2019, the Youth Investment Engagement and Leadership Development (YIELD) Project launched a report, Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal, that found that making this a reality requires youth participation at every level of decision-making and implementation–such that young people are engaged as partners and leaders in all efforts.

The report findings and recommendations were workshopped with cross-stakeholder groups throughout 2020 and resulted in the conceptualization of the YIELD Collective Action Learning Hub.  The Hub is a new cross-stakeholder field-building initiative that will contribute to creating a world where youth partnership in SRHR is a norm that funders both expect and resource, and that institutions of all sizes and types integrate as a standard way of working.  The Hub will ground its work in a collective theory of change and address field-defined action learning priorities within and across the areas of measurement, practice and resourcing of youth partnership in AYSRHR.  The Hub is an independent initiative that will be hosted by Rutgers.

You can download the report, a draft Theory of Change, and other research, tools and resources here:

Issue paper on gender (updated September 2020)
-Gender paper webinar recording






Yield Cover- SmallYIELD Full Report
-Executive summary (French) (Spanish)
-YIELD findings powerpoint presentation
-Learning and recommendations summary
-Discussion guide
-Overview webinar recording

-Social media toolkit
-Storytelling dice game for young people
-YIELD Project theory of change (updated November 2020)




About the Full Report
Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal is a research report documenting the multiple benefits of meaningful youth participation and leadership in sexual health and rights (SRHR) programs. It synthesizes global evidence from the field on how to foster authentic youth engagement, the impacts that result, and recommendations that can strengthen and scale this stream of programming investment. The report is a product of the YIELD Project, which is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Summit Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


© Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Riccardo Gangale

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