Thokozani says she learned a lot when she joined the Youth Club in her community. “I learned to stand up for myself and say no to boys who are just trying to sleep with me,” the girl says. The Youth Club discusses both reproductive health and general health. The Youth Club has worked as a bridge for the youth to also seek out regular health services, in addition to reproductive health services, at the nearby clinics. “If young people in the Youth Club talk about their health problems and receive information on how they can get help in the clinic, more youth will go to the clinics.”
As a volunteer, Thokozani educates boys and girls in her community about the risks of unprotected sex, teenage pregnancies, and how to prevent STDs and pregnancies with the use of contraceptives. “Because I am more of their age and from the same community, they are more likely to receive this kind of information from me, than from older health workers,” she says.