Topic » Youth

More than half of the world’s population in 2008 was under the age of 30. The majority of these youth approaching their childbearing years live in developing countries with limited access to family planning and reproductive health services. More than 14 million girls ages 15-19 give birth each year, and they are twice as likely as women 20-34 to die from pregnancy-related causes.

PAI holds discussions on reproductive health with U.S. university students and provides advocacy grants to support youth-led organizations working on these issues internationally. PAI believes that young people must have access to comprehensive and scientifically accurate reproductive health information, services, and supplies.


Advocacy Guide

Young People’s Initiative Documentary Screening Guide

July 1, 2010

Why Host a Youth Screening of a PAI Documentary? Documentary films are a powerful advocacy and education tool that put a human face on global challenges around family planning and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, the environment,and gender norms. Screening PAI documentaries … Continue reading »


Policy Brief

Why Family Planning and Reproductive Health are Critical to the Well-Being of Youth

October 23, 2009

An unprecedented number of young people are entering their reproductive years, most of whom live in the developing world. U.S. policy makers should assist in effort to ensure that youth worldwide are able to make informed decisions about their sexuality … Continue reading »



As International Youth Day Looms, Youth in Western Countries Need to Take Control of Their SRHR, too

August 12, 2009

Kirana Bammarito is PAI’s Communications Intern. She is a recent graduate of American University. August 12 will mark the tenth International Youth Day as commemorated by the United Nations. In the United States, youth triumphs and tragedies alike have occurred … Continue reading »


Screening PAI’s documentaries at Elon University

August 12, 2009

Kelly McCarty was International Advocacy Intern at PAI. Back at my university the semester after my internship, my cohorts in a student civic engagement club agreed, our peers at the university would be very interested in the research being done at … Continue reading »


Celebrate the Promise that Comes with New Generations

August 12, 2009

Gabrielle Stopper, Resource Development Intern. She is a recent graduate of George Washington University. Today marks World Youth Day and a time to celebrate the promise that comes with new generations.  Youth bring new ideas, new understanding, and new methods … Continue reading »


If I Knew Then What I Know Now

April 14, 2009

Jasmine Wilkins is a graduate of the College of William and Mary . She is serving as New Project Development Intern at Population Action International for the Spring 2009 semester. As a Peace Corps Volunteer you’re assigned to work with … Continue reading »


Kenya’s “Son”

June 4, 2008

Tamar Abrams is PAI’s Vice President of Communications.  She is in Kenya with other colleagues working on PAI’s latest documentary. On a cool Saturday afternoon, the day before Kenya celebrates Madaraka Day (June 1, 1963 — the date the country … Continue reading »


Caught Between Scylla and Charybdis: Unplanned Pregnancy and HIV

March 11, 2008

“Unplanned pregnancy is feared more than HIV/AIDS among young people,” comments Nthazie Nalungwe, a striking young woman leader within Youth Vision Zambia, a sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy group here in Lusaka. This comment is reflected among … Continue reading »


A World Fit for Children (Plus Five)

December 14, 2007

Earlier this week, PAI staff Kate Tibone and Sarah Haddock were in New York City, attending the UN Special Session on Children. This meeting is a follow-up to review progress made in the past 5 years toward meeting the goals … Continue reading »


Taking Reproductive Health Services Directly to Those in Need: The Kitebi Teenage Centre

December 7, 2007

Our next stop after the Naguru was another innovative teen center in Kampala: the Kitebi Teenage Centre.  The Kitebi Teenage Centre sits at the end of a bumpy, winding dirt road, a bit more difficult to get to than Naguru.  … Continue reading »