By Garrett Kenyon | Design by Maria Bertrand
Teens in Children International’s Youth Health Corps (YHC) take a pledge to educate their peers and communities about better health. In honor of World Health Day, we’ve gathered a best-of photo gallery to show off the work of these dedicated peer educators.
Youth from Santa Rosa and Cartagena, Colombia, attended a YHC-sponsored Health Fair to learn more about pregnancy and STD prevention, drug and alcohol dependency and other health issues that can prevent them from escaping poverty.
YHC peer educators partnered with the Peace Corps for a street rally in the Batasan community in Quezon City. This event kicked off a series of youth events aimed at slowing the spread of HIV and AIDS in the Philippines.
In Guayaquil, Ecuador, YHC facilitator Alejandra and her friends took advantage of the crowd of parents and children assembled for a gift distribution to pass out health-related leaflets and brochures.
In Barranquilla, Colombia, 17-year-old YHC co-facilitator Arling encourages three young sponsored youth to join the YHC and become peer educators to give back to their communities.
Members of the YHC in Lusaka, Zambia, share solidarity messages after attending an informational workshop about the dangers of teen pregnancy.
Peer educators from Copan Ruinas, Honduras, gathered at a local hotel for an all-day training session on protecting the rights of children and youth.
At the year-end YHC ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 18-year-old Danilza accepted a position as a co-facilitator for the following program year.
Teenage girls from Kolkata, India, attend an interactive health workshop sponsored by the YHC.
In Tabaco, Philippines, youth explore culturally sensitive health issues through plays, music and dance. Here YHC youths Joniel and Daryl perform a skit in which an informed youth faces off against a traditional witch doctor.
Oscar and Víctor from the YHC in Guadalajara, Mexico, give a presentation at the annual Youth Induction Fair to encourage the class of incoming 12-year-olds to sign up for the group.
Over 240 attend YHC training in Guadalajara, Mexico, to learn about health as a human right, abstinence, reproductive health and avoiding addiction.