To unlock this generation’s potential, we need solutions that address young people’s unique needs and behaviors, designed in partnership with youth. At the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence, learn how YLabs is using youth-centered design to help co-design measurable and meaningful answers to some of the world’s trickiest challenge.
“Winning felt like a watershed moment for female sexual wellness,” said YLabs Technical Lead Nicole Ippoliti, who joined The Case For Her team as a mentor and technical advisor. “It was a small but mighty step in breaking the stigma around this global taboo.”
“I was always a bit skeptical of human-centered design,” wrote Cara Nolan, a Masters of Development Practice student at UC Berkeley. But after joining YLabs in Kigali this summer as a part of her practicum, she was able to learn the YLabs' flavor of youth-centered design.
YLabs Executive Director Rebecca Hope and Senior Designer Theo Gibbs were recently interviewed for the Yale School of Management’s Impact and Innovation podcast. Hosted by Dr. Teresa Chahine, the podcast examines the latest trends and pitfalls in social innovation, funding, and impact. In this episode, they sat down to discuss designing for health, the difference between market research and co-design, and how good design can shift patterns of power.
This year, International Youth Day is focusing on ways that governments, young people, and youth-focused organizations (like us!) are transforming education into a powerful tool to help achieve development goals by 2030. Find out how YLabs is using youth-centered design to transforming education through CyberRwanda.
Sarari is a program built around three complementary components and aimed at increasing community support for using modern contraception for birth spacing. Find out how YLabs designers used HCD to uncover valuable insights and co-design a program that is moving the needle on contraceptive use in the Zinder region of Niger.
While most CAMA members pay back their Kiva loans on time, some, especially those operating their businesses in remote communities, may struggle. In December, YLabs set out to address these challenges by facilitating engaging and highly participatory workshops with CAMA participants and CAMFED staff. Find out more about what the participants were able to build!
YLabs is thrilled to welcome Mireille to our team as a Technical Coordinator to help pilot and launch CyberRwanda. Mireille is an accomplished design researcher who uses her voice to help young people in her home town of Kigali, Rwanda. Find out more about Mireille here!
Provider bias is not a new problem, but it is a problem that requires new approaches, writes Lydia Murithi. Beyond Bias takes a new, interdisciplinary approach to addressing this longstanding human condition by developing, testing, and refining new, innovative, scalable solutions that address provider bias.
Urgent action is needed to address the growing epidemic of HIV among adolescents. We’re using Global Burden of Disease and UN study data to map the extent of the global adolescent HIV epidemic to target action for youth.