STF reaches millions of young people through social media, print and radio. STF has experience and expertise working with 17 Ugandan languages.The mass media component addresses diverse health and development themes packaged to address the diverse needs of STF audiences. Mass media products include pre-recorded and live-talk Radio shows, radio snippets and spot messages,Young Talk newsletters, Straight Talk newsletters, Braille publications for Young Talk and Straight Talk and Straight Talk in several Uganda languages.
Research and Evaluation (R&E) Department generates information to enhance evidence based programming. Evaluation in STF facilitates organization learning to inform decision making regarding overall STF programming.Systems to improve tracking of performance and ensuring that results based management and M&E guidelines to support systematic performance measurement through monitoring, evaluation and research are in place.This department is key in providing strategic information, establishing and maintaining monitoring systems to track performance, carrying out quarterly performance reviews, and providing technical M&E support to staff.
The livelihood and environment component provides a link to population, health and environment sector within which STF works. It aims to improve rural livelihoods, environment assets and build resilience towards the impact of climate change.These are delivered through Tree Talk and Farm Talk. To date 9.5 million trees have been planted in addition to building the capacities of teachers and communities in climate change adaptation and integration of growing trees, agricultural crops and climate change issues into school plans.Schools have been supported to set up gardens and woodlots that are managed by the Young Farmers clubs in eight districts of Northern Uganda. This is augmented by Tree Talk (produced twice a year) and Farm Talk (produced three times a year) newspapers.The Livelihoods and environment department is currently implementing two projects:The Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) Project funded by the Royal Danish Embassy in Kampala Restoration of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes of tobacco growing communities of Lango sub-region, funded by British American Tobacco and jointly implemented together with Nature Uganda and the Tropical Biology Association
We use our unique and long-standing experience in community outreach, sexual and reproductive health, local capacity development, and gender activities to contribute to HIV programming for diverse target audiences.STF has programs on HIV prevention among most at risk populations in the districts of Bugiri, Busia, Serere, Iganga, Kampala, Wakiso, Kasese, Kabale, Nwoya, Adjumani, Gulu and Kitgum.Interventions focus on providing comprehensive SRH information and services among commercial sex workers, long distance truck drivers, uniformed persons, young couples, out of school youth, fishing communities and persons living with HIV. Training and development uses approaches such as peer education, community dialogues, outreaches, on call visits to schools.
STF promotes Sexual Reproductive Health Rights for young people with disability. By addressing the SRH of young people with disability STF aims to improving the wellbeing of this often underserved group of young people. Disability increases vulnerability to several; risks including HIV particularly for women with disability.Girls and women with disability are less likely to find partners and likely to have multiple sexual partners and experience harassment, rape, violence or abusive relationships. STF’s support in addressing this includes strengthening access to both information and services on SRH.Young people with disability are reached through peer education, school visits and through their teachers and caregivers.
STF youth Centers in Moroto, Gulu, Kitgum, Nyowa, Bugiri and Adjumani serve thousands of young people in northern Uganda region and beyond. They provide both clinical and non-clinical services to a cross section of target populations through static sites and community outreaches. Categories of young people served include young people in school and out of school. Services provided range from SRH and HIV prevention and psychosocial support.In other areas the STF youth centers provide capacity building to beneficiaries through trainings. The centers have been intentional in building relationships with local government and cultural and religious institutions and strengthening nurturing partnerships and collaborations with significant adults in the lives of young people in providing support structures around the young people. Find the locations of STF Youth Centres here.