HIV & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
1. Abstinence And Being Faithful (AB program)–
This program is designed to delay sexual debut among sexually inactive youth and promote sexual and reproductive health by addressing risk behavior, life skills and promoting preventive behaviors through:
· Establishment of health clubs in both primary and secondary schools
· Conducting health talks in schools and at the youth Centre.
2. Families Matter program-
This program recognizes the critical role parents play in behavior formation of young people and therefore builds their capacity to be able to provide guidance to the youth. It targets parents with children aged 9-12 years.
3. Counselling and Testing–
This program involves promoting counseling and testing among the youth as preventive behavior. The services are provided at the organization’s youth friendly center and through mobile services taken to the residential areas, worksites and other youth hang-out joints. Linkages with treatment, care and support services have led to tremendous increase in the number of people tested and subsequently accessing treatment and care services.
4. Reproductive Health–
Konnect Youth Consortium initiated provision of RH services at its youth friendly center to accommodate the diverse needs for the young people. The organization provides RH information and services such as STI treatment, Family Planning counseling and where appropriate makes referrals.
5. Prevention with Most at risk Population–
This program aims at reaching out to sex workers, confined populations like prisoners ,street families, transport sector operators and ‘juakali artisans’ with information and services. This includes capacity building through training, provision of IEC materials, skills building in preventive behavior, commodity supply and appropriate referrals for services
6. Drug and Substance Abuse–
Konnect Youth Consortium is actively involved in campaigning against drug and substance abuse in the region through creating awareness on harmful effects of drugs, organizing thematic outreach events to campaign against drug and substance abuse and referrals and linkages to rehabilitation centres.
7. Referrals and Linkages
of the clients to other services like Antiretroviral treatment, psychosocial support groups, ARV drug adherence counseling , Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), risk reduction counseling on alcohol, drugs and substance abuse etc.
YOUTH RECREATION ACTIVITIES
1. Games & Activities
The center boasts of a pool table, foosball, table tennis, darts and other indoor games such as chess scrabble and cards. Kericho youth center regularly organizes sporting events and competitions through which youth are also able to access HIV and RH information and services.
The center also plays a pivotal role in the identification and nurture of talent through its different clubs such as drama club. The center organizes annual talent shows and is a regular participant in the GATE festivals allowing linking of the youth to talent developers and involves local talent from the region for mentorship.
1. Fostering Peace
Konnect Youth Consortium believes that the youth can play a big role in promoting and sustaining peace. The organization has therefore integrated peace building, governance and leadership in all its programs to enhance cohesion and instill a sense of patriotism. The organization has conducted civic education outreaches creating awareness on national governance and constitution in Kericho County. The organization is also involved in facilitating peace building trainings and conducting leadership and mentorship sessions.