The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute have partnered to launch the Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) – an exciting new initiative to advance innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. YCI is investing in visionary young champions who will lead the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement for the next generation.


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Youth Champions Initiative is a program of Rise Up, dedicated to investing in young people who are leading the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement for the next generation in South East Asia, Africa and the United States.



Youth Champions will Lead the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Movement for the Next Generation.




Meet Our Youth Champions


Thank you to all who applied to the Youth Champions Initiative. Our Champions were selected from over 200 applications from amazing youth leaders in India, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the US states of Louisiana and Mississippi!

Lead the Change

Nineteen Youth Champions participated in a week-long incubator in Los Altos, California, USA, from December 5-11, 2014, and six Youth Champions participated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 1-4, 2015.

Youth Champions are being supported through capacity building, leadership development, mentorship, project funding ($12,000) and technical assistance to help launch creative projects improving SRHR in their respective regions of the world.