Some teenagers in Jacareí city, São Paulo upstate, aged 14 to 18, are now prepared to instruct other young people on issues related to early pregnancy and other topics such as drugs and sexuality.
The students received specific training by group Young Multipliers, part of the Family Life Project – a partnership between the Camargo Corrêa Institute, InterCement, the City Government of Jacareí and the NGO Guri na Roça. The project prepares teenagers to form other groups and take information and knowledge to schools, healthcare centers and neighborhoods where they live.
For one year, youngsters learn how to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases and are given tips on contraception. Márcia Pereira, supervisor of Cras (Social Assistance Reference Center) in Jacareí, explains that the focus is to prevent teenage pregnancy, since this action contributes to family planning and values the family. “Our young people become a reference, role models for other teens”.
Source: Camargo Corrêa Institute and City Government of Jacareí