“My Community: Young People Who Tell Stories to Inspire Change” wins first place in Latin America for “Best Practices in Adolescence and Youth”

December 11, 2012

In December 2012, UNFPA’s Contest for Best Practices in Adolescence and Youth awarded this work in Peru First Place in Latin America making it one of the top five best global practices.

My Community: Young People Who Tell Stories to Inspire Change consists of two innovative radio dramas created by groups of young people dedicated to preventing teenage pregnancies in their communities. In the Ayacucho region, a radio drama titled Cuando el Amor Agarra (When Love Takes Hold) aired twice a week and discussed issues of sexual experiences, unwanted pregnancies, and domestic violence through the lives of four teenagers. In the Ucayali region, the radio drama Paginas de Amor (Pages of Love) aired weekly and covered relationship issues between teenagers and their parents.

The goal of the program is to strengthen the communication and advocacy capacities of local organizations focused on positively changing perceptions and attitudes about adolescent sexual and reproductive health.Both Cuando el Amor Agarra and Paginas de Amor partnered with regional youth councils that promoted the radio dramas and interacted with audiences within their regions through clubs and rallies to continue conversations started during the actual shows.

PCI Media Impact and UNFPA Peru have now signed a five-year extension to continue empowering youth of Ayacucho and Ucayali to make healthier choices and prevent teenage pregnancy.  Discussion also surrounds opportunities to replicate this effective program in Bolivia and other countries in Latin America.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programs to reduce poverty and ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.