Rise Up Youth Champions Initiative
UWIMANA Jean Berchmans, MD candidate, facilitator of Medical Students for Choice at The University of Rwanda and program coordinator of Healthy people Rwanda is selected to participate in Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative to foster innovation and quality in sexual and reproductive rights and health worldwide
UWIMANA Jean Berchmans is one of 22 youth leaders from around the globe selected to join Rise Up’s third cohort of Youth Champions for sexual and reproductive rights, health, and justice. The Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) is a program of Rise Up, a leader in the global gender equity movement, supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Through this initiative, Rise Up invests in young champions who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice (SRHRJ) movement now and for the next
Selected from a competitive field of applicants, Jean Berchmans UWIMANA , Medical students for choice at the university of Rwanda facilitator and Healthy People Rwanda program coordinator, joins a cohort of fellow young visionary leaders working to advance SRHRJ in India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the U.S. South.
The initiative launches with an intensive week-long Incubator workshop, July 9-16 in San Francisco, California, where Jean Berchmans UWIMANA and fellow Youth Champions will train with internationally-recognized SRHRJ experts, grow their skills in innovation and leadership, and develop their own projects to increase access to quality SRHRJ services and information in their communities and countries.
Following the Incubator, participating Rise Up Youth Champions and their organizations can apply for competitive seed funding to launch their proposed SRHRJ projects. Rise Up will also provide ongoing technical assistance to support Youth Champions and their organizations in effectively implementing their innovative SRHRJ projects.
Based at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, Rise Up is building a global movement for gender equity by identifying visionary leaders, investing in their solutions, and amplifying their voices.
UWIMANA Jean Berchmans, ( On Left)
Healthy People Rwanda is thrilled for Jean Berchmans UWIMANA to join Rise Up’s global network of powerful innovators and advocates to advance girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing in Rwanda and beyond.
About Rise Up
Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families, and communities for a more just and equitable world through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership, and building movements. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, advocating for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. More information is available at riseuptogether.org.
About the Youth Champions Initiative
Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative invests in powerful young leaders ages 18-29 who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movement in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and the United States. Rise Up’s externally validated model enables young leaders to create large-scale change through leadership development, technology, innovation, and advocacy. Youth Champions Initiative improves the lives of young people by advancing innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice globally. Learn more at riseuptogether.org/youth-champions-initiative/.
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WRITTEN BY NKUMBUYE AMI