Straight Talk Foundation

Leadership Training Intern

Location: Gulu or Kitgum, Uganda
Housing: TBD, typically homestay with family
Duration: 8-10 weeks
Requirements: At least one African Studies course with an emphasis on the dynamics of contemporary sub-Saharan African societies.

Straight Talk Foundation (STF) is a health communication NGO that produces Behavioral Change Communication materials for adolescents and important adults in the lives of adolescents such as teachers and parents. The broad objective of STF is to contribute to the improved mental, social and physical development of Ugandan adolescents (10-19) and young adults (20-24). The program also aims to keep its audience safe from HIV/STD infection and early pregnancy and to manage challenging circumstances such as conflict and deprivation.

More specifically, Straight Talk Foundation aims, through its communications projects, to increase the understanding of adolescence, sexuality and reproductive health, and to promote the adoption of safer sex practices. The foundation also aims at helping adolescents acquire the necessary life skills and grasp of child and human rights to make the passage through adolescence safely.

Straight Talk will host one or two MHC interns at their youth center in Gulu in northern Uganda to provide secondary-school aged girls with training in leadership and life skills, with an emphasis on issues relating to reproductive health and education. Additional responsibilities may include outreach to local primary schools to develop after-school clubs (focusing on math and English) and developing programs that would support girls to overcome obstacles to staying in school. Other possible projects include setting up a library at the Youth Center and starting an after-school reading program.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an advanced student with an interest in health and development and a desire to experience the various aspects of community development. The student must be willing and well-prepared to face complex cross-cultural challenges. Students with previous experience in Africa preferred.

Current as of summer 2013.