Adolescent Youth Friendly Space
EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH SAFE SPACES
The Adolescent Youth Friendly Space (AYFS) is situated in Philippi. A poor community with an HIV rate of 1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 10 men, with new infections sitting predominantly with the youth. The AYFS has increased HIV testing amongst youth from 10% to 30% as well as increased knowledge and expression around these issues.
The AYFS has become a place of hope, education, learning, expression, joy and sharing of ideas. We believe that through debates and discussions on sexual reproductive health, HIV, LGBTQ support groups, dance, art and music we can make a difference to the youth struggling with poverty in Philippi.
The Adolescent Youth Friendly Space
The aim of the AYFS is to provide a safe, creative space for vulnerable youth to meet and access services in a friendly environment. There are various different programs running at the AYFS that the youth can join after school. Some of the creative programs include arts, theatre, music, dancing, and DJ lessons. There is also HIV testing, HIV knowledge sessions, counselling, family planning services, LGBTQ support and computers with WiFi for homework and research.
Amandla Development, CESVI Foundation and Sizakuyenza are in partnership to strengthen the capacity of community structures and networks to prevent HIV infection, unintended pregnancies, school dropout and other poverty-related issues youth in Philippi face.