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An annotated guide to technical resources for community involvement in youth reproductive health and HIV prevention programs

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Family Health International.
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Virginia, Family Health International, 2006

This annotated guide to technical resources is part of a package of materials produced by YouthNet to help provide global technical leadership on community involvement and youth RH/HIV prevention. Besides this compilation of resources, the package of materials includes: • A guide to using participatory assessment techniques at the community level, focusing on youth involvement; • A summary of issues that have emerged in the literature; and • A report on a technical consultation meeting on the topic held in November 2005. This annotated guide is intended for program staff and others who are involved with youth RH/HIV prevention and community involvement issues. It includes documents, manuals, and toolkits that provide advice, approaches, and tools for involving community members, including youth. The original criteria for inclusion in the guide were that the resources: 1) be available online; 2) offer practical guidance and tools; and 3) address community involvement in youth RH/HIV prevention. However, given the scarcity of such online resources, the criteria were expanded to include resources on implementing community involvement in other types of health and development programs. The guide is divided into five sections; the first four provide youthspecific resources on: 1) frameworks and approaches; 2) tools and methods; 3) guidelines, recommendations, and lessons learned; and 6 7 4) instructive case studies/promising practices. The fifth section includes selected additional resources that are not youth-specific but discuss community involvement in detail and can be adapted for working with youth. Hyperlinks are embedded in the URLs provided for easy access to the documents. Readers who experience difficulties accessing files by clicking directly on the hyperlinks can copy and paste the URLs into their Internet browsers instead. All links were active as of March 2006. As readers will note, there is a variety of ways to implement community involvement and caution should be exercised in adopting a blueprint approach; each community is different, and youth needs vary dramatically, as do the underlying contexts for youth reproductive and sexual health.