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Out-of-School Youth Support Officer

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development
Acronyme : ICAD
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) was established in 1989 by a group of international development non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) concerned about the growing impact of HIV/AIDS in resource-poor communities in both developing countries and in Canada. ICAD's guiding principle has been that HIV/AIDS is more than a medical or health issue and its policies and programs have recognized that social and economic factors have a direct and severe impact on the vulnerability of individuals and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
Adresse : 1 Nicholas Street, Suite 726
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1N 7B7
FAX: (613)  233-8361
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Personne ressource : Please consult the ICAD website for application information
Courriel : info@icad-cisd.com
Pays : Lesotho
Ville : Leribe
Secteur : Infrastructure et services sociaux divers
Description du stage : Lesotho has the third highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the world and is projected to have the highest increase in the orphan population among all countries. More that 60% of the population is under 24 years of age. Seventy percent of youth over the age of 13 are not in high school. They have no way to support themselves. High school fees are prohibitive; there are no jobs and many become caregivers at a very early age and must look after family members living with AIDS. Out-of-school youth with nothing to do are understandably getting into trouble and suffering from a profound sense of hopelessness - no parents, no supervision, no hope, pregnancy, nowhere to go and no reason to care. The rate of crime is rising very quickly. Literacy rates are low among this group. They have little to build an adult life on in the context of their grief, struggle, hunger and fear. There are few adults available to help or support them. Many must abandon the sick and elderly to leave home in search of work in the Maseru or in South Africa contributing to a Diaspora of Lesotho's young. Most are unequipped to find work or deal with the urban environment.

The project supports on-going efforts to reach, train and engage out-of-school youth in the communities in which HL works. This engagement includes various activities and multi-modal approaches (sports, literacy, gender equity and HIV/AIDS awareness, counselling and testing, alcohol and drug education). This project will support youth involvement in a youth leadership centre being built by HL to provide programming for out-of-school youth in education, life and job-ready skills.

In Canada
1. Learn about goals and activities of the Canadian and overseas host organizations.
2. Participation in outreach and education activities.
3. Conduct background research related to youth, HIV and counselling

Overseas
The intern will familiarize him/herself with the HL and Lesotho specific information, especially as it pertains to the HIV/AIDS, gender equity and socio-economic impacts of poverty and AIDS. The intern will work with out-of-school youth between the ages of 13 and 25:
1. Help to develop and participate in discussion groups with out-of-school youth;
2. Support out-of-school youth in engaging their peers in healthy activities;
3. Help youth to explore programming options for the new Thakaneng HL Leadership Youth Centre for out-of-school youth;
4. Support the population in developing proposals and activities to build literacy, numeracy, life and job-ready skills;
5. Help groups of youth develop strategies to support each other and to build sustainable networks to solicit whatever help there may be available in their villages;
6. Work with local partners to bring health and HIV/AIDS related information to youth;
7. Develop peer tutoring opportunities;
8. Identify isolated youth and find ways to support engagement in community activities;
9. Support youth education in local politics and governance issues;
10. Gather data on this population and research in-country data sources, programs and resources; and
11. Identify local out-of-school youth leaders for training and participation in extra programs.
Organisation d'accueil : Help Lesotho
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : Help Lesotho (HL) is a Canada/Lesotho educational initiative partnering public, private and volunteer resources to mitigate against gender inequity and HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. HL builds partnerships with community leadership and organizations in both countries to support locally initiated, championed and managed projects for the benefit of orphans, vulnerable children and youth in Lesotho. Key programs include out-of-school youth, child sponsorship, grandmother support, twinned schools and gender equity and HIV/AIDS Clubs. Its literacy, gender equity, HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and leadership development initiatives involve multi-year partnerships of common goals, policies and practices to ensure financial and community accountability. HL partners in Lesotho with Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation, local chiefs, district education Officers, Local Government Councils and their Secretaries, Lesotho Olympic Committee, Common Wealth Games Lesotho, World Food Program, Red Cross, Blue Cross, Population Services International - New Start, local NGOs, school principals, community based organizations and faith based organizations.