Talking about sexuality and rights is not easy for young people. Talking about sexuality and rights in fragile and conflict-affected areas is even harder. The people behind Cordaid’s Jeune S3 program believe that access to information and services about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is a fundamental right for every young person to live a healthy life and make free, secure choices for their futures.
What is our main goal?
The Jeune S3 program (2016-2020) aims to ensure that young people (including the most marginalized and vulnerable populations – especially girls between the ages of 10 and 14) are able, motivated and have the opportunity to make informed choices about their SRHR and that their sexual and reproductive rights are respected. We work with and for young people as they are the main actors of their own lives. By 2020, Jeune S3 aims to reach more than a million young people in the most fragile areas of Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
How do we do it?
We do so through a comprehensive multisectoral approach that consists of four intervention areas: Youth voice and participation; SRHR knowledge and skills; Responsive SRHR services; Enabling environment and respect of rights. Each of these strategies is essential on its own, but they are mutually reinforcing.
Who do we want to reach?
The young people aged from 10 to 24 years old in the most fragile areas of Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Who are we?
Jeune S3 is an alliance of seven partners led by Cordaid. This Alliance is a strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The alliance members are Cordaid, PSI Europe and Swiss TPH supported by four technical support agencies: I+ solutions, Free Press Unlimited, IPPF ARO, and Triggerise.
Watch this video to learn more about the Jeune S3 program:
If you too believe:
• That SRHR for youth is a priority, especially in fragile contexts;
• That it is urgent, necessary as well as good value for money to make extra efforts in the most difficult areas;
• That comprehensive strategies for, with and by youth are more effective and efficient;
• That building on existing government and community structures can provide sustainable change;
• That sharing tools and methodologies of strong and reliable partners can lead to economies of scale;
Then JOIN US to provide comprehensive SRHR services and education to more and more young people living in fragile settings.
Download the brochures
Find out more about Jeune S3 by downloading our institutional brochure.
Use our tools
Jeune S3 has produced a broad range of Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) materials in different languages and for different target groups (parents, adolescents, facilitators, teachers, religious leaders, etc). The two main objectives are to raise awareness on SRHR and promote a positive dialogue about it with attractive materials (card games, child booklet, etc). These tools are available on request.
In addition, we share an advocacy kit that includes a best practice guide, a trainer’s guide, and a practical tool for young people and youth organizations (all in French).
This kit aims to help them, regardless of their environment, to develop advocacy skills on SRHR. These skills will empower them to take action on the sexual and reproductive health issues that affect them on a daily basis.
Meet the people behind Jeune S3
Would you like to learn more about the program? What better way is there than to hear it from the young people themselves? Watch these videos and meet the people behind Jeune S3.
This is Jean-Aimé, a youth rights defender. He is the first point of referral in his community for issues regarding sexual violence. He has been doing this since he became a youth ambassador for Jeune S3. His goal: to stop ignorance and impunity.
Our other youth ambassadors
Meet Marietta: a Jeune S3 youth ambassador. Find out what she does for sexual and reproductive health and education for young people in the Central African Republic.
Meet Esther: when she got her first period, she believed she had done ‘something bad’. Now that she has learned about her body, she wants other girls to also be better informed.
Meet Beyonce: see how she tries to get into school in Cameroon without any money and how she keeps herself safe from older men approaching her.
Meet Marlyse: a young mother and waitress in Cameroon who is approached, too often, by men. What is her story on sexual and reproductive health and education?
Meet Frank: a young radio reporter and student in the Central African Republic. How does he raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health and education among young people?
Meet Amaral: a young sex worker in the Central African Republic. Hear about her concerns and her dream to quit her job and to one day fall in love.