SAfAIDS with support from Sweden established the Young People’s Regional Academy for Transformational Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender Leadership (YPLA). The Academy  aims to strengthen the transformational leadership capacity of young people to enable them to make informed SRH choices at individual and family levels; consolidate their educational and economic status; and advocate for their SRH rights to protect them from HIV and SGBV and improve their SRH outcomes. Additionally, the Academy encourages its graduates to advocate for other young people’s SRHR, and protect them from negative outcomes. The Academy is based at the SAfAIDS Regionbal Office in Harare, Zimbabwe.


The SAfAIDS YPLA aims to;

  • Develop and strengthen leadership skills of young people in Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building of YP leadership, entrepreneurial and educational skills to ensure empowerment and overall reduction of negative Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) outcomes through peer to peer and/or internships
  • Generate a pool of effective young leaders who are champions, spearheading, designing and driving youth focussed SRH interventions within their communities of reach.
  • Build a robust, cross learning and cross sharing movement of young African leaders advocating and promoting SRHR for young people in diverse development spheres

Topics covered in the YPLA include;

  • Personality & Leadership
  • Leadership, Purpose & Legacy
  • Leadership, gender & culture
  • Leadership, power & ethics
  • Sexual reproductive health and rights
  • Communication
  • Etiquette, deportment & diplomacy
  • Conflict management & Peace Building
  • Advocacy
  • Research & Documentation
  • Media & Social Change (Advocacy and Activism).
  • Emotional Intelligence.
  • Networking

And so much more!!!


YPLA is open to young people who are;

  •  aged between the ages of 16 and 24 years
  • resident in Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe
  • passionate about health, education and well-being
  • passionate about community development and keen to make a change
  • keen to make a difference in other young people’s lives










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