Young people must grow up with the correct attitude of freedom, convinced that, "...a person is more precious for what one is than for what one has..."
By giving young people the opportunity to receive correct information and learn how to live by their values, we are enabling them to make the right choices and become responsible and respectful individuals
...Developing young people of Integrity, Service and Good Character - Responsible community members and Leaders of Today and Tomorrow.
Dare to be Different...Say NO to Negative Peer Influence!!!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed young people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Our History

The Youth Alive concept was conceived in the early 1990s by a congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters (FMSA), Sr. Dr. Miriam Duggan Youth Alive Founderparticularly Sr. Dr. Miriam Duggan. This was after she had been challenged to find a better way to address the AIDS epidemic beyond what was being done.

During that time mass media messages were typically full of terrifying statistics about HIV and AIDS. No one was considering getting young people to openly discuss the problem and come up with their own solutions. Nevertheless, after considering the challenge, she adopted a Group Counselling method from Gerard Egan's Skilled Helper model. This new model - the Behaviour Change Process model was then implemented successfully in Uganda.

Due to the astounding success first realized in Uganda, Youth Alive organisations were formed under the FMSA in several African countries. Among them - Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Mauritius. Thereafter, the intervention was used in Zimbabwe (1999), coupled with intensive peer support interaction through Youth Alive Clubs. It worked!!!  Youth Alive Zimbabwe was born.

 

In Zimbabwe, the first workshop was conducted in 1999. Operations were then officially endorsed in May 2002, under the current Director Sr. Eunice Quigley.  Youth Alive was then given permission to work with schools in the country by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

The Provincial Education Director of Manicaland also affirmed this to Heads of schools in a formal communication in 2003. In 2005, Youth Alive Zimbabwe was accredited by the Censorship Board led by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in Manicaland to deal exclusively with life skills development with communities and youth in general.

From that time to the present, a lot of changes have been made to our interventions. For instance, in 2011 a new Couples program was developed in response to increased new HIV infections among married couples. Regardless of the dynamic nature of our working environment, our Mission remains the same. We support each other in an effort to develop young people of integrity, service and good character.

 

YOUTH ALIVE IS MOVING ON!!!

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