Build Up Program is a youth-led initiative that inspires, empowers and nurtures youth through the use of their talents (theatrical performances) to create HIV/AIDS awareness thereby choosing health and keep their dreams alive. We work with professionals in Business, Media, Advocacy, Community development, Theatrical Arts, Fashion, among others to help youth start up, professionalize and sustain themselves within their fields of interest. Youth therefore form groups within their fields of interest to share ideas, experiences, guidance and counseling, opportunities, among others.
The program aims at engaging youth in mentorship activities to professionalize and sustain their fields of interest/expertise and act as peer corps to use their platforms for HIV prevention.
The program operates in Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Buikwe and Jinja districts of Uganda.
We conduct an Educative Show where youth come out to showcase their talents through Music, Dance and Drama, Poetry, real life stories through Sexual Reproductive Health experiences, self-confidence expressions, debating on issues affecting them, acting out short plays, among others. Young people with different abilities are spotted thereby connecting them with our professionals and mentors to further their dreams.
The selected youth are engaged into Mentorship sessions with our professionals. We attach each youth depending on their field of interest and our professionals strive to see that these youth become who they want to be. We conduct mentorship in business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement, media, theatrical arts and mentorship simulations that bring out the practicability of the program.
The mentorship groups are then formed as The Haven Clubs which we use as platforms to reach out to youth with HIV information, counseling, acquisition of Action Team Volunteers, career guidance, talent development as well as youth groups to influence policies seeking better youth friendly services.
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