Why does IYAFP Canada exist?
IYAFP Canada exists to provide a youth perspective to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRHR) and to provide a unique space that provides opportunities for youth to network, support, and learn from one another, in order to better participate and innovate the AYSRHR system around them.
In sum, the IYAFP Canada Chapter exists to network, educate, and advocate with the youth community.
History of IYAFP
IYAFP was born at the International Conference for Family Planning in 2013. Since then, the IYAFP has developed into a youth-run non profit organization dedicated to supporting youth to learn and advocate for family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights. IYAFP is a pro-rights, pro-choice organization for youth ages 15-30 years old.
The global IYAFP chapter provides an accessible platform for youth around the world to gain skills and expertise to advocate for themselves and their communities. This trickles down into each chapter organization. Currently, there are over 80 chapters across the globe.
Who are “youth” and “young people” and What is our role?
The IYAFP Canada chapter defines youth as persons between 15-30 years of age or those just outside of this demographic who self-define as youth based on their life experiences.
The IYAFP Canada’s youth community consists of motivated, proactive, and innovative young people who believe in the power of collective and collaborative change.