Projet Jeune Leader's very own, Hanitra Randriamadio, has been selected as a youth delegate for the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning!
As the selection committee wrote her in her acceptance letter: "We received over 550 applications from youth all over the world and your video was among the absolute top candidates. This selection was based on a double-blinded review process, rating the passion demonstrated, creativity, engagement, experience, speaking skills of applicants and interest and ability to learn and contribute to the conference."
Her application essay and video focused on the importance of comprehensive sexuality education, and how this investment in the health of young adolescents is an investment for the future.
Since 2014, she has been working in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She was selected from more than 250 candidates to be an Youth Educator with PJL, where she excelled and was taken on for a second year. After, she was promoted to Pedagogical Coordinator where she now leads a team of 28 Youth Educators and two Youth Educator Supervisors. She is the official trainer of PJL, establishes and maintains medical referral partnerships, and provides leadership training to strengthen health care providers' counseling techniques with their adolescent clients. She was part of the team that piloted workshops for parents of student in PJL's partner schools in 2016, and is now the main trainer and organizer of these workshops in all partner schools. She develops educational materials for sexuality education courses and activities, and maintains strong partnerships with school administrations.
In short, she is an amazing young person playing a critical role in PJL's work in Madagascar.
As a youth delegate, she will also be playing an important role in the conference taking place in Kigali, Rwanda this coming November. Be sure to give her winning video a view!
"The wonderful thing about Projet Jeune Leader is that it's run by youth - there are few workplaces like that. You don't have to have 5 years of experience to work here - you are given a platform to grow and work and prove yourself. I've come to realize that us youth can really get things done - including lead others - even though we are young. Young people CAN create change." - Hanitra