Life Choices / Landsdowne, Cape Town
Life Choices’ Health4Life: CTAOP’s grant supports Health4Life, an engaging health promotion intervention that provides one-on-one services to youth in schools and communities. It aims at promoting physical, mental, and social well-being with a special focus on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health. Young people are assisted to develop realistic personal risk reduction plans, screened for TB and all STIs, and connected to additional services like psychosocial support relevant to their specific needs.
Life Choices’ Family Affairs: CTAOP also supports Life Choices’ Family Affairs, a program that engages the caregivers and provides one-on-one psychosocial services, skills workshops, job search counseling, and parent support groups. Its aim is to foster parental resilience to enable them to deliver competent, quality parenting to children despite adverse personal, family, and social circumstance.
Why they are innovative
Life Choices was the very first organization to deliver HIV counseling and testing in high schools as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention approach. The one-on-one process of creating a realistic risk reduction plan is an amazing example of how to work with adolescents with the understanding that the journey is not straightforward or easy.