Cici worked with Rise Up to evaluate and advance cutting-edge innovations in the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement. Rise Up invests in young leaders in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the southern United States pursuing innovative projects related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Cici worked with Youth Champions and other key stakeholders to assess the impact of these projects.
This summer, Cici worked with Rise Up, part of the Public Health Institute. Rise Up comprises three interrelated initiatives—Let Girls Lead, Champions for Change, and the Youth Champions Initiative. Let Girls Lead provides training and technical assistance for girls as they advocate for policies regarding their access to education, health, economic security, and political participation. Champions for Change supports reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in Nigeria and Kenya. The Youth Champions Initiative provides seed grants to young leaders working in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). With these grants, Youth Champions pursue self-directed projects in their home countries related to SRHR—examples include an app to make sexual health information easily accessible to young people in Kenya, a short film about the experiences of trans women in Pakistan, and a program on menstrual hygiene for girls in India to encourage school attendance. As an intern for Rise Up, Cici worked predominantly on impact evaluation of these Youth Champions Initiative projects. She assisted with collecting and analyzing survey data, interviewing Youth Champions and other key stakeholders, and creating case studies about the impact of these innovative interventions. Thanks to WAPPP's Cultural Bridge Fellowship, she traveled to conduct several interviews in person.