Equality for Women and Girls

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

Right now, the largest generation of young people in history is in or approaching their reproductive years. Youth need information about their bodies and rights, as well as tools and support to make the decisions best for themselves and their circumstances.

The Youth Investment, Engagement, and Leadership Development (YIELD) project report, Young People Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health: Toward a New Normal, finds that making this happen will require young people’s participation and leadership at every level in youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) initiatives—from ideation to implementation.

The YIELD Project also recently completed an additional research paper entitled, When the Gap is a Chasm: The Gendered Experience of Youth Participation and Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Youth SRHR must transform from a field for young people to one with young people.

Take the Pledge & Join the Learning Exchange
Pledge to have 1 conversation at your organization within 30 days about how you can take youth participation and leadership to the next level—discussion guide below. Take the pledge by joining the YIELD Project Youth SRHR Learning Exchange Facebook group, a cross-stakeholder community of practice to share learnings.

Tools and Resources for Download

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.

For more information, please contact: info@yieldproject.org


© Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Riccardo Gangale

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