Guidance, Counseling and Mentorship
YOCU is offering counseling services in schools, community and institutes. Through the school programs, we guide students about their day to day lives and how they are expected to behave both in school and at home. We sensitize them about consequences of engaging in early sex and we encourage them to say NO to sexual advances from men as well as report cases of abuse by calling Toll Free 116.
We use the same program to educate boys and girls about the dangers associated with drug abuse, child marriage and teenage pregnancy so that they are able to stay in school and complete their education.
These programs are also extended to parents and teachers so that they can know the value that comes with educating and keeping their children in school.
Community / Social engagements.
We work with Communities to ensure that the rights of girls, women and youths are protected through friendly mechanisms. While implementing our programme/projects we undertake community mobilization as our first priority so that we raise awareness in the community on health and hygiene, importance of education in modern day affairs, gender related issues, socio-economic development and environmental protection.
For this purpose YOCU management holds dialogues / meetings with the community members, conducts training/capacity building sessions and also campaigns that engage community active participation.
Our Roadsafety campaign help us spread awareness among people about road safety measures and rules, ensure proper behaviour of communication as well as physical and Sexual harassments towards others more especially girls and women.
It is important to be aware that road safety remains an important aspect of health problems, Education, Gender stereotypes.
Child Rights Advocacy
With the child rights advocacy program, YOCU advocates for child-related laws and policies at district, division and community level. This is done through research and analysis; building strategic partnerships with organizations and institutions with mutual interest; and lobbying decision makers at the different levels.
YOCU also believes in advocacy and therefore, the management has always strongly advocated for the issues related to YOCU For achieving this objective, YOCU through its strong advocacy as approached the line departments of Government of Uganda, NGOs, CBOs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), members of the community, notables and YOCU has always promoted the right based approach and supported the dialogue as an important tool for achieving the above mentioned objectives.
Sexual Reproductive Health Awareness
We carry out this program among students in schools and through this intervention, we are spreading information and knowledge to different stakeholders about the challenges of reproductive health faced by teenagers of school going age.
The organization has programs on Sexual Reproductive education running in some schools. These are aimed at empowering adolescents with the right information about puberty and behavioral change in general as well as how they can keep themselves safe from teenage pregnancy and child marriage.
School Chaperon Clubs
We have introduced the “Chaperon Clubs” in schools with an intention of creating safe spaces where girls and boys can easily share and discuss challenges that affect them. In these clubs we share age appropriate information more especially while addressing sexual reproductive health issues and how well they should take good care of themselves.
Through the clubs, girls are able to take part in debates and make presentations at community level so that their views can be captured by the community leaders for further action.
They are also empowered with information on how to report crime as opposed to being silenced by those who exploit them. This way we are able to identify the wrong doers in society and take them to the courts of Laws.
Chaperon Talk Camps
The camps are designed to bring together young people from different schools, communities to listen, share and learn from their experiences and encourage each other in this journey of education and Life
The Camps also help students to open up to professional counselors for guidance and support. We encourage talent identification and development for students so that they are able to feel motivated.
Through the camps students are able to express themselves freely as we always find facilitators that are so friendly and that can come to the level of these students.
Water and Sanitation
Our school programs on menstrual hygiene management in schools made us realize that some school lack proper access to water to manage their periods with dignity and also students have to walk long distances in search for water which not only interferes with their academic performance but also puts the girls at risk of being sexually abuse along the way as they search for water.
It’s also very hard for a girl in her periods and in a boarding school to be without water. We therefore started a campaign of soliciting for donations of water tank so that we install them in the schools without running water and in the last 1 year, we have been able to reach 5 schools with water tanks donated by friends and well-wishers who follow our work on social media and want to help in transforming lives of girls.