Health and wellbeing

EMpower believes in a future where young people are equipped with the information and support they need to safeguard their health, such that youth can live a life free of violence and have the power to decide if and when to become parents.

Adolescence ushers in a new set of health challenges for young people, given their emergent sexuality, reproductive capacity, and increased vulnerability to a range of health risks and social and family pressures. As they navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents often must shoulder adult responsibilities and grapple with adult decisions, yet many lack access to the comprehensive information and services—as well as the social safety nets—that would allow them to reach adulthood in good health.

Adolescence is also a time when behaviors are often set for life, and when the consequences of risks taken can be life-changing; up to 70 percent of all preventable deaths globally result from health-related patterns and behaviors that began during adolescence. In addition, 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 health education or preventive services in key areas of adolescent health (for example, sexual health, substance use).
  • Include HIV prevention strategies and combat stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.
  • Promote wellbeing through nutrition; safe spaces for youth to socialize; play sports or other activities where they gain confidence and skill, and that raise awareness about and decrease violence.

current grantee partner regioncountry
Aangan TrustAsiaIndia
Amandla EduFootballAfricaSouth Africa
Associação ChildrensAid (Onda Solidaria)Latin AmericaBrazil
Associacao de Apoio as Meninas E Meninos da Regiao Se (AA Crianca or AAC)Latin AmericaBrazil
Big Brothers Big Sisters of RussiaEastern EuropeRussia
Blue Dragon Children’s FoundationAsiaVietnam
Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX)Latin AmericaPeru
Centro MujeresLatin AmericaMexico
Centro para los derechos de la mujer naaxwiinLatin AmericaMexico
Committee of Resource Organisations for Literacy (CORO) IndiaIndia
Community to ChildrenEastern EuropeRussia
Corporación para la atención integral de la Niñez (Corpolatin)Latin AmericaColombia
Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA)AsiaIndia
Defensores del Chaco (Defensores)Latin AmericaArgentina
Education as a VaccineAfricaNigeria
Equal EducationAfricaSouth Africa
Futbol con CorazónLatin AmericaColombia
Galaxy FundEastern EuropeRussia
Girls Power InitiativeAfricaNigeria
Mamelani ProjectAfricaSouth Africa
Pamflet (Perkumpulan Pamflet Generasi)AsiaIndonesia
REALISTIC (Rebuilding and Life Skills Training Center)AfricaSouth Africa
Roots of Health (Ugat ng Kalusugan)AsiaPhilippines
The Isiqalo Foundation (Waves for Change)AfricaSouth Africa
Upsala CircusEastern EuropeRussia
Vietnamese American NGO (VANGO)AsiaVietnam
Yayasan Kusuma Buana (YKB)AsiaIndonesia
Yunnan Peili Youth Development CenterAsiaChina
Zone One Tondo (ZOTO)AsiaPhilippines