Dating back to our first year of operation, the Packard Foundation has demonstrated a deep commitment to reproductive health and rights. Every woman and girl, no matter where she lives in the world, has the right to live with dignity and have a voice in decisions that affect her life.
In 2014, the Population and Reproductive Health Program in partnership with the Public Health Institute launched the Youth Champions Initiative to support a new generation of innovative and courageous champions to lead the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement. Nineteen young champions from India, Ethiopia, Pakistan and the Southern United States (Louisiana and Mississippi) were selected from over 200 applicants to participate in an intensive weeklong incubator designed to support leadership development and encourage new thinking in the field.
Throughout 2015, we will support the champions through mentorship, competitive project funding, and technical assistance to help implement creative projects improving sexual and reproductive health and rights in their communities around the globe.
Hear directly from the Youth Champions as they share their vision for the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement in the decades ahead.
View video highlights from an evening reception at Foundation headquarters celebrating the 19 Youth Champions who are boldly addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in their communities around the globe.
Celebrating Youth Champions
View photos from an evening reception celebrating the Youth Champions Initiative, where philanthropists, Foundation leadership, and reproductive health and rights experts gathered to connect and learn from each other.
Read the Los Altos Town Crier’s report of the Youth Champions Initiative and the weeklong incubator.
Read our 50th Anniversary reflections on the Youth Champions Initiative—which brought together 19 visionary young leaders who are advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement for the next generation.