Areas of Focus: Health & Well-being

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EMpower believes in a future where young people are equipped with the information and support they need to safeguard their health, avoid violence and have the power to decide if and when to become parents.

Adolescence is a time of increased health challenges for young people, including an emerging sexual identity and behavior, more risk-taking and exposure to health risks, and social and family pressures. As they navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents are often faced with responsibilities and decisions that they may not be fully prepared for. And, they may face these decisions without accurate information and comprehensive services. At-risk youth are also frequently missing an important social safety net to help them through this tumultuous time.

Adolescence is also a time when behaviors become habits and risks can be life-changing:

  • Up to 70 percent of all preventable deaths globally result from health-related patterns and behaviors that began during adolescence.
  • Half of all new HIV infections occur among young people between 15 and 24 years of age, with young women facing infection rates 1.6 times higher than young men.
EMpower supports programs that:
  • Provide education or preventive services in key areas of adolescent health (for example, sexual and reproductive health or substance use)
  • Include HIV prevention strategies and combat stigma associated with HIV and AIDS
  • Promote well-being through psychosocial support, nutrition, safe spaces and sports to reduce conflict and decrease the incidence of all forms of violence


Our Grantee Partners’ Work in Health & Well-being

Alternative Life Association (AYDER), Turkey

Girls with a disability in Turkey face challenges including less access to education, gender and ability-based discrimination and exclusion from social life. Alternative Life Association (AYDER) aims to increase social inclusion for young people with disabilities, empowering adolescent girls of different abilities through a camp that increases their physical and mental capabilities through sports, outdoor and team building trainings, as well as an arts academy.

Learn more about AYDER's work here!

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.