Yunnan Peili Youth Development Center (YYDC)
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 sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) among all population groups.
Organization: Yunnan Youth Development Centre (YYDC) was founded in 2005 as a non-governmental grassroots organization with a mission to serve young people through ‘civil education’ in basic life skills and knowledge. It provides young people with a space for growth and development outside the typically highly regimented atmosphere of most Chinese classrooms, and in the meantime became a leading Sexual and Reproductive Health information provider in Kunming. YYDC implements its programs by training university student volunteers, empowering young people to be directly involved in a range of activities to promote the development of other young people, especially those who are excluded or poorer.
Current Grant: EMpower’s 4th 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.