In 2016, STF in partnership with UNGR (Denmark) supported by the Danish Youth Fund (DUF) concluded work on its three year club development project with trainings conducted in six school clubs in line with STF’s newly developed STF club Model. By the end of 2016, STF had trained 16 schools in 15 districts over the three year period increasing the total number of active clubs in this initiative to 210 clubs. STF worked with 6 youth leaders from Denmark and Uganda who reached 121 club members and 11 Patrons. The youth leaders conducted trainings and club development advocacy meetings with local government leaders and school administrations totalling to 133 in the 6 districts (Masaka; Kisoro, Kabale, Rukungiri, Kasese and Mbale).13,703 young people were reached in 210 clubs visited.
Effectiveness of the Seniors’ and Juniors’ Club Model:
STF undertook an evaluation to establish whether Senior and junior Straight Talk Club model from pilot stage to replication was efficient and sustainable in empowering young people to access SRH information.
Key findings were that:
- Star clubs have increasingly become self-reliant with their engagement in income generation; expanding their scope of work from the traditional in-school activities to engagement with communities and other schools.
- Findings from STF own evaluations indicate evidence of replication of model activities such as the establishment of IGAs with support from Star Clubs further giving a sense of independence to clubs enabling them sustain their activities through peer learning and their own club generated resources.
- Key lessons learned to date are that the Straight Talk club model can be used with various categories of adolescents as a development strategy that suits aspects such as SRH knowledge and economic liberation with individuals utilizing skills acquired from the club to support their livelihoods through IGAs.
- The model is an effective economic empowerment strategy for young people that enables them avoid risky SRH behaviors associated with economic drivers of HIV. Participatory approaches employed by this model promotes ownership of interventions leading to continuity of peer learning strategies. Such methodology also strengthens self-reliance by ensuring that clubs can sustain their activities financially and reduce dependency on STF.