What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to health care, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
To date approximately 40 youth and family development organizations are using the services of www.jovensalud.net. More than 11,000 teens have registered on www.jovensalud.net and approximately 150 to 250 teen virtual consultations are responded to each week. Currently, approximately 450 teens are taking e-learning courses, including the 14-module course CRECER para SER, the 7-module GirlSmart Sexuality Course, a 7-module Violence Prevention Course and a 7-module Nutrition Course.
The preliminary findings of the pre- and post- measurement comparisons of the pilot test of the e-learning course CRECER PARA SER among teens ages 14-17 showed pre- and post- test improvements in levels of communication with their parents, less depression, less fighting, and among sexually active teens, greater use of condoms.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
By 2015, in partnership with public and private sector organizations and a cadre of youth leaders, TSI seeks to be one of the region’s leading resources for teen health promotion. Our services will enrich schools and youth development organizations that otherwise would have no access to health promotion materials and methods. We work in Costa Rica and Nicaragua but seek to extend our services throughout the region. We hope to influence public health education policy for youth, have more access to the public school system and a sustainable cost sharing financial model, so our services can continue to be freely available to youth. We seek to demonstrate greater use and impact of these services on teens, tracking the effect of our courses on school attendance, graduation and employment.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The major barriers which TSI and its partners are hurdling include : 1. generating revenues to sustain and expand these online services throughout Central America; 2, promoting increased access and availability of computers and Internet resources for youth, especially youth in the bottom social and economic 40% of the population primarily served by these online services; and 3. strengthening and broadening public policy to promote the right and access to health education information for all youth especially in the public school and community based arena. TeenSmart is a catalyst in the region and is incrementally managing to overcome these hurdles, growing from having served two YFDO and 167 teens in 2004 to serving 40 YFDO and reaching 11,000 in 2011.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
TSI seeks to expand its interactive, web-based teen health promotion services from Costa Rica and Nicaragua into El Salvador.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Conduct screenings of 100 youth in El Salvador to be enrolled in our online courses CRECER para SER, and GIRLSMART