Today was the first day of the Manchester City #CityzensGiving #YoungLeaders summit at the Etihad Campus in Manchester. We’re delighted to have Terry Ouko from our partner Moving The Goalposts representing our joint programme, having flown in from Kenya over the weekend to join 65 other Young Leaders from across the globe, as well as 21 returning Young Leaders from last year’s summit. In total the Young Leaders hail from 17 cities across 13 countries.
As well as getting to know each other, the Young Leaders have been learning about how their football projects can create a lasting social impact with the following sessions:
Monitoring and Evaluation– Capturing impact on your projects
Inclusion – Making football inclusive
Health – Healthy lifestyles through football
Education – Learning through football
The summit is part of the support provided by Manchester City to the partners they fund under their City in the Community Cityzens Giving initiative. Thanks to a three year grant from Manchester City, 80 coaches and youth peer providers will be providing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights information to thousands of girls and young women in Kilifi, Kenya through Moving The Goalposts. Using a network of youth-friendly coaches, counsellors and peer educators trained in the TackleAfrica methdology, young women will receive weekly information through football sessions, and also have access to contraception, condoms and HIV testing services in a stigma-free and judgement-free setting. Free services will be taken to the football fields where the women play, making access easy.
For many girls and young women in Kilifi, sexual health clinics and HIV testing services are located far from their homes, and even if you have the means and the time to get there, you can be faced with judgmental service providers and high fees for services that could and should be free of charge. For these reasons, many girls and young women choose not to access sexual health services, putting themselves and their partners at risk of disease and unwanted pregnancy. With the Cityzens Giving grant from Manchester City, we’re working to change that. Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Cityzens Giving campaign last year – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Check out Manchester City’s website for a write up about day 1 of the summit and some great photos of the day: https://www.mancity.com/news/community/picture-special/2019/june/young-leaders-summit-launch
If you’d like to get involved, why not take a look at the opportunities available here www.tackleafrica.org/get-involved