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U.S. agency, partners to launch youth support facility

February 22, 2011 | Harare

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting an initiative that will provide a national platform for youths to effectively communicate their needs to stakeholders, legislators and policy makers and also access guidance and advice.

The project will be launched at a ceremony to be held at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday (February 24th 2011) at 3 pm. U.S. Ambassador Charles Ray and USAID mission director, Karen Freeman as well as officials from the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment and representatives from youth groups will attend the event.

Through its implementing partners, World Education Incorporated- Children First and a local communications agency, the project will work to engage local NGOs, youth organizations, relevant government ministries, media organizations and other participants who play a role in the lives of young people. The program will address diverse issues including HIV and AIDS; puberty and sexual and reproductive health; relationships; entrepreneurship; youth leadership; and education.

The project has three components, namely the Young People” Radio Program; Call in Centre and newspaper editorials. The 30- minute “Young People” Radio Program will be broadcast on Power FM (99.3 FM) every Tuesdays evening (7:02 pm – 7.32 pm) for three months. The program will discuss topical issues as well as feature selected guests to share experiences and knowledge on identified subjects. Selected youths, journalists and representatives of Children First will coordinate the media engagement activities including the radio programs and newspaper columns. Youth from this group will be trained to answer immediate questions and provide information and resources at the Call in Center which is also accessible via SMS.

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Issued by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section. Contact person: Sharon Hudson Dean, Public Affairs Officer, hararepas@state.gov, Url: http://harare.usembassy.gov