October 31, 2011

AGYA Selected as 2011 Grant Recipient by UN-Habitat Youth Fund

Following informal announcements on Facebook & Twitter last month, AGYA is excited to officially announce that we were selected as a recipient of a grant from the UN-Habitat Youth Fund. With the resources from the grant, AGYA will implement "Reel Talk: Confronting Global Gender Disparities Through Digital Media." Under the leadership of AGYA Executive Director Divinity Matovu and AGYA Girls Program Director Happy Namutebi, "Reel Talk" is a 12-month project that will train 48 teen girls to use film, digital media and photography as a platform to provide girls ages 15-20 with the training, artistic license and communication skills to transform attitudes and behaviors about critical gender issues among disadvantaged youth living in urban poverty in Kampala. After completing the training, the girls will film and edit their own short films that will educate 10,000 youth who will see the films in live screenings at select sites in Uganda and online via YouTube, Blogger, Facebook and Twitter.

The project will launch in January 2012 and will be done partly in collaboration with ImMEDIAte Justice, a Los Angeles-based organization that empowers young women of color with the knowledge and skill-sets to generate new images of reproductive freedom that inspire community action and global dialogue. ImMEDIAte Justice will collaborate with AGYA by providing guidance on curriculum development for the training course. IMJ will also send a member of their organization to Uganda to conduct part of the training.

AGYA is honored to be among the 2011 Youth Fund Grant Recipients, especially since more than 6,000 other youth groups from Africa, Asia and Latin America applied to the fund. For the full list of grant recipients, click here.

In the coming months, AGYA will be posting project updates on our website, Blog and social media networks. So, check back soon to hear about the progress of this project!