Core Values and Principles

In general, we aim to ensure adolescents transit to youth-hood on the way to adulthood smoothly and healthy requires those basic principles.


1. Collaboration/partnership

We believe that meeting our goals would require close collaboration with public sectors, donors, CSOs, parents, adolescents, and youth.


2. Empowerment

Enabling key stakeholders, in this case, parents, public sectors, and adolescents/youth is considered an important driver of success and sustainability.


3. Gender sensitivity

In Ethiopia, it is apparent that girls are the most affected and yet the most neglected in programs. Equally, boys have a lot more roles to reverse this situation. Cognizant of this, our program will be gender-sensitive.


4. Participation

We have long been advocating for youth to have an active role in issues of their concern. We will continue to do so and as usual engage adolescents and youth in planning, implementation, and evaluation of interventions.


5. Transparency/accountability

Program success is the combination of factors and transparency and accountability is an important component. Sustainability of programs, donor interest and sense of ownership and participation by adolescents and youth depends on whether the program is transparent and the organization is accountable to what it draws as goals in its documents.


6. Ownership

We consider ourselves as a facilitator and programs and benefits owned by adolescents and youth.


7. Trust

Working directly with adolescence and youth builds on the trust that this section of the population looks for. In view of this, we uphold and ensures the confidentiality of every adolescent and youth who participate in the programs.

In consideration to the growing concern about the sexual reproductive health of adolescents and young people, in recognition of global concern over how the demographic dividends are harnessed and in recognition of existing opportunities of the diverse youth structures, government initiatives to invest and develop young people in Ethiopia, we have strategically targeted both adolescents and youth with different but intertwined programming.