Everlyn Njiiri

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Everlyn Njiiri - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program and Youth Coordinator
Organization: Jhpiego
Current Location: Kenya, Nairobi
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
A certificate in Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health
Everlyn strongly advocates for young people to have greater awareness about and access to sexual and reproductive health. She believes that adolescents and young people should be active participants in the design, implementation of youth programs. – Catherine Ndungu, Communications Manager at Jhpiego
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been coordinating youth activities for 4 years, where I have mentored about 400 young people in 5 universities in Kenya. Through envisioning a future they are really excited about, young people are able to make plans for greater futures using 4 principles of life planning; Career, Finance, Relationships and Health. Family Planning messages are intertwined in health and the young people make a decision to use a contraceptive to protect their bright futures. As a result of life planning, contraceptive use in one university increased from 52% to 73%.
Currently, as I work with young people, both in and out of school and in the rural and peri-urban areas of Migori, I hope that through engaging and listening to them, we can be able to improve service delivery for this dynamic group.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Sex and sexuality is a taboo topic in the African culture and yet this topic is on every young person’s mind. I was very curious about my sex and sexuality and especially when I joined the university where I interacted with different people. I was hence drawn to a meeting where sex and sexuality was discussed openly and was part of a group that re-imagined these health topics holistically through life planning. I have since been a great advocate of providing this information to young people.

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

I have been able to provide thoughtful and developmental leadership to young people, through listening and engaging them in designing, implementing and monitoring of activities they are involved in. This builds their confidence and trust and allows them to provide fresh ideas that I integrate in the area of family planning.
Through mentoring, providing information to 400 young people in Kenya on life planning, I was able to inspire them to change their lives and in turn of those they meet.

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 biggest challenge that I’ve seen when I interact with young people is that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions on family planning. This shows there is a barrier in communication around the different types of family planning methods and that access to information on sexual reproductive health services is also a challenge.Through this platform and the $1000 grant awarded, I shall address these issues through advocacy and user-centered workshops with the young people to bring solutions.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
With young people after a life planning session in the university.  , During an outreach at the life planning information desk, Assisting life planning mentors to conduct a life planning session with students in the university.

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