Teen’s Key, founded in 2011, is dedicated to improving the well-being and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of vulnerable young women and teenage girls from different backgrounds in Hong Kong, including those working in the sex industry. Teen’s Key runs different programs:
1. For high risk girls and young women working in the sex industry: providing them e.g. with counselling, HIV testing and/or career and life planning workshops to begin a new chapter in their lives, if they wish so,
2. For adolescent boys and girls (ages 12-18): providing them with workshops in schools on SRHR with the goals to improve their access to health and rights, to reduce gender-based violence, to promote gender equality and to build positive attitudes and behaviours around gender and SRHR
3. For young mothers: providing them with leadership and life skills training to strengthen their capacities for their future career. With their programs, the team strives to create a safe and non-judgmental space for sexuality education, life planning and counselling services. To create greater social impact, Teen’s Key engages also in advocacy for comprehensive and unbiased sex education. To date, the organization has provided support, education, and services to over 10,000 teenage girls and young women in HK. Since 2012, they conduct trainings to the Hong Kong Police Force about sex workers’ safety. In 2015, Teen’s Key won the “With and For Girls Award”.
EMpower’s 1st grant to Teen’s Key - Young Women Development Network Limited will support the organisation to facilitate and convey a youth-centred process to develop content for a website on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) with and for young people aged 12-18 years. To come up with the website for young people in HK, Teen’s Key will work with two groups of young people: 1. A group of 25 young people aged 19-24 years, young women and men, trained as facilitators and mentors of the second group of young people, additionally supported by experienced guest speakers. 2. A group of 20 young people aged 12-18 years trained on SRHR by the mentors supported by Teen’s Key in a series of 8 workshops that will not only convey knowledge, discuss and challenge attitudes and behaviours, but also provide them with the platform to share about their needs and daily SRHR experiences to come up with the topics for the website and develop with them scenarios grounded in their real life situations. Once live - according to Teen’s Key estimates - the website will reach around 30,000 young people in the medium and long run. Young people of the two age groups will be also part of a Support Committee to the project alongside experts from the field, and contribute to the Evaluation and Learning Committee of the project. They will also participate in meetings of the Sexuality Education Alliance (S.E.A) in HK, mainly focusing on developing Comprehensive Sexuality Education in HK, to talk about the website project, introduce the website to other members of the Alliance and invite them to share with their constituencies.
Primary Location: Hong Kong
Funded Since: 2021
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