Yunnan Youth Development Center
Context: While smaller than many other cities in China, Kunming attracts high numbers of migrants because of its year-round temperate climate and low cost of living. Rural migrant families generally have low levels of education, and many have more than 2 children, some even 4 or 5. Reproductive health education is virtually non-existent in China, and there is a severe lack of knowledge about how to avoid pregnancy and reproductive tract/sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) among all population groups.
Organization: Yunnan Youth Development Center (YYDC) was founded in 2005 to provide young people with a space for growth and development outside the typically highly regimented atmosphere of most Chinese classrooms. YYDC programs emphasize volunteer-led experiential learning and the development of life and social skills.
Current Grant: EMpower’s fourth grant with YYDC provides continued support for the Reproductive Health Education program, which aims to train university students and migrant school teachers to educate younger youth on reproductive health and related topics to 1,500 youth across Kunming, enabling YYDC to be a leading (currently also the only) provider of SRH in Kunming.