Chelsie France

Chelsie France - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programmes Officer - CSE
Organization: Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association
Current Location: Guyana, South America.
BSc. International Relations from University of Guyana
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate - Child Link in Collaboration with UNDP, Youth Advocate/Mentor Training, August 2010.
Certificate - Ministry of Human Services and Social Security in collaboration with UNFPA and Mothers' Union, Parenting Education Workshop With and Emphasis on Positive Parenting Styles, Gender Socialisation, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning, August 2013.
Certificate - Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition and PANCAP, Harm Reduction and Sexual Health Promotion, June 2014.
Certificate - Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association, Sex Positive Training for Peer Educators, Choices Project, March 2015.
Certificate - Ministry of Education, Youth Educator Training, HIV and GBV Prevention, November 2017.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Volunteer Service Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Ministry of the Presidency, department of Culture, Youth and Sport
    Date Awarded:
    December 8, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Chelsie served as President of a Youth Advocacy Movement (GRPA), is a trained peer educator reaching in & out of school youth, served as an exec member of IPPF youth network, and sat on the Board of GRPA. Her leadership & commitment is undeniable. – Salima Bacchus-Hinds, Programmes Manager at Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For the past seven years, I have been engaging young people in my country about sexual reproductive health and rights and family planning through comprehensive sexuality education.To date, I have interacted with over 7000 persons in six of the ten administrative regions in Guyana. My reach has extended beyond personal interaction through media; radio, social and television. These persons include adolescent mothers and in and out of school youth. Also, through the GRPA I've work on the Still I Rise project aimed at reintegrating teen mothers in the education system by providing them with skills necessary for their personal and professional development.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

At the age of 10 I had my first encounter with Sexual Reproductive Health and Family planning materials. I was fortunate to be a part of this experience, since I live in a community that has a high instance of adolescent pregnancy and other SRHR related issues. As a young woman, I recognised how important it is for me and young women like myself who might be underprivileged to family planning formation and services.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I’m responsible for the planning and implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education at the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association. This includes coordinating training of trainer workshops aimed at equipping young people to advocate for reproductive rights and facilitate CSE sessions with schools and community groups. I’ve been at the fore of several projects by the GRPA which includes, the choices project #Bodyboss campaign, Gender Based Violence,#upforschool campaign etcetera.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

The community I live in is home to gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy, poverty and petty crime. I will take this opportunity to ensure that young women and girls are made aware of family planning through my CSE program. The grant would contribute greatly to providing contraceptives to vulnerable women who can't afford it and learning resources. This will propel informed decision making with regards to family planning.

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