How do you scale spirit?

October 16, 2018

For those of us interested in the question of scale, Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL)—a pedagogical approach to remedial education developed by the non-governmental Indian organization Pratham—provides an excellent case study to explore. 

Teaching At The Right Level To Enhance Basic Education

September 23, 2018

MoBE signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Young 1ove to see this remedial education initiative taken to scale in collaboration with University of Botswana (UB) and UNICEF. Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) was pioneered by Pratham Education Foundation in India and has been adapted for Botswana to support students falling behind in basic literacy and numeracy.

Combination Prevention and AIDS 2018

September 03, 2018

Advocate Dorothy Okatch of the NGO Young 1ove sizes up the challenges for prevention in her country Botswana, where gains in treatment have been lauded.

Does “Sugar Daddies” replicate? The preliminary results are in for Botswana

January 29, 2018

In early 2016 the Global Innovation Fund invested in Young 1ove and Evidence Action to support the testing of a creative peer education approach to empower girls in secondary school in Botswana to reduce their risks of HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancies. The Sugar Daddy intervention, which showed a clear effect on pregnancy in Kenya in 2005, had more mixed results in Botswana in 2016. In this guest blog, Young 1ove discuss their decision not to continue implementing this program as it was initially designed, and instead to respond to the evidence and pivot.

Partnership Is More Than a Buzzword

October 19, 2017

"This summer, I had the pleasure of visiting ten GlobeMed grassroots partner organizations in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, and Botswana. Thanks to the support of Segal Family Foundation, I was able to conduct learning visits with our mutual partners Komera in Rwanda, and Young 1ove in Botswana. The purpose of my learning visits was to better understand the strengths and challenges in each GlobeMed partnership, to facilitate conversations between students and organization staff focused on long-term partnership success, and to determine how GlobeMed’s Global Headquarters can further support partnerships across the globe."

Does Your NGO Carry Out a Randomized Control Trial?

September 25, 2017

Today’s guest is Noam Angrist, the founder of Young 1ove, an NGO providing sex education to 35,000+ young people in Botswana. Sex-ed is a complicated issue, and over the decades it’s been hard to tell what worked and what didn’t. In Botswana, where 22% of the population has HIV, much of it hadn’t worked.

UNESCO Profile on Moitshepi Matsheng

October 18, 2017

“When I was six years old, my mother died of HIV but I was never told what happened to her. Even today, talking about safe sex and HIV remains taboo. As a young female activist at university, I was desperate to change the way young people view HIV/AIDS. During one of my courses, I read a research paper about a class on “sugar daddies” that had reduced teenage pregnancy by 28% in Kenya. This resonated with me as it showed that openly discussing issues around HIV with young women could actually save lives. I joined forces with my colleague, Noam, and we founded Young 1ove.”

Course helps girls in Botswana avoid HIV and “sugar daddies”

October 24, 2017

MIT News Office profiles Co-Founder Noam Angrist and the founding of Young 1ove. 

MIT In London

August 02, 2017

“Here in London, you can feel like you’re part of history and that you’re on the cutting edge at same time — it’s a great fusion,” says Noam Angrist ’13, a Rhodes Scholar who shuttles between the U.K. and Botswana on behalf of a development nonprofit he launched in 2014. Of London and the city’s immediate environs he says, “It’s where the old and new clash beautifully.”

Meet the Winners and Runners Up From Africa For The Queens Young Leaders Award

December 14, 2016

The Queens Young Leaders Award recognizes exception young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.  

Queen Elizabeth II To Award Young Motswana

June 15, 2016

As the Commonwealth celebrates the Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s award winner, 23-year-old Moitshepi Matsheng, has been recognised by the Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community.

Top 30 Thinkers Under 30: Brenda Duverce

March 09, 2016

The top young thinkers in economics, education, political science, and more.

What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class

July 29, 2015

Chilo Ketlhoafetse struts around an eighth-grade classroom like the coolest guy in Botswana, warming the students up to talk about an awkward subject. He calls out "Nomhlaba!" and they respond "Auwe!" — nonsense words from a local childhood game. Soon he has the students clicking their fingers, dancing and following his every word.

Social Development — Moitshepi Matsheng

September 19, 2016

Persistent and inspiring, Moitshepi Matsheng co-founded Young 1ove at the age of 22, which she grew into one of the largest NGOs in Botswana, with a staff of 81 and reach of 35 000+ youth.

Young 1ove: Scaling in Botswana

June 30, 2016

Noam Angrist cofounded Young 1ove with the promise of connecting young Africans to proven life-saving information.  By massively scaling sexual health information campaigns that were previously shown in randomized trials to have significant impact, he hoped Young 1ove would be able to reach 1 million youth in Africa by 2017.  However, while he and his team were less than a year into the project, they were already dealing with anfractuous government processes, strained by limited resources, and unsure of how their operations would succeed at scale.

MTV Helps "Young 1ove" in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

When one thinks of MTV, what comes to mind is the crazy reality and music shows which are broadcast on this popular music channel. Very few know of the global initiatives that MTV has taken on to combat problems the youth are facing all over the world.

Meet Young 1ove

July 05, 2016

Using data to keep African youth HIV-free.

Global Innovation Fund unveils first investments

February 05, 2016

The newly-formed Global Innovation Fund (GIF) has announced its first tranche of investments in London today, with £3m being allocated to eight social innovation projects in the developing world.

When Sugar Daddies Are Not So sweet

July 31, 2016

Let’s say you’re a teen. You want to have sex, but you don’t want HIV, and in your country there’s a pretty high risk of contracting the virus if you’re sexually active. So you opt for what you consider to be the safest choice — an older, financially stable man who seems to have his life in order, unlike the rowdy teenage boys at school. Makes sense, right?

To 30 Thinkers Under 30: The Fulbrights and Rhodes Scholar Planning on Launching a New Government Agency

April 09, 2015

As a teenager, Noam Angrist was certain he was going to be a doctor. He’d placed as a semi-finalist in the USA Biology Olympiad and was preparing for the pre-med track. Then, a life-threatening blood clot near his heart and lungs sent him to the hospital for three weeks. The experience made him see what he calls “the jarring failures in our health care system.”

Mulago Foundation Fellows: Noam Angrist

September 30, 2015

Noam Angrist is a research-loving and impact-obsessed social entrepreneur. After conducting research at the University of Botswana, he was motivated to address the social challenges he saw every day -- namely sugar daddies and rampant HIV infection. Noam chose to tackle this issue by taking a proven intervention from a five year-old RCT, previously collecting dust on a shelf, and turning it into a scalable intervention.

Meet Our Co-Founder Noam Angrist

October 07, 2015

Noam Angrist is the founder of Young 1ove, a Botswana based not-for-profit organisation, providing evidence-based sex education to young people.  Noam studied Economics and Math at MIT, was a Fulbright scholar in Botswana and is currently studying a MSc. in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.

Standard Chartered Partners With Young 1ove and MTV Staying Alive

March 18, 2015

In an effort to help on issues of HIV awareness education among Batswana youth, Standard Chartered Bank recently announced its partnership with a Botswana-based non-governmental organization, Young 1ove and MTV Staying Alive Foundation. This partnership comes at a time when young people in Botswana are commemorating the Month of Youth Again HIV/AIDS. 

Youth Launch Young 1ove

March 21, 2014

On March 22, a non-governmental organization for the youth by the youth will be unveiled at the University of Botswana amphitheater, amidst much hype and hope that finally, issues pertaining to the youth of Botswana will be given centre-stage.

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