Investing in our youth for social and economic transformation

The message giver is the strongest message

The Programme

gold Peer Education

Personal change leads to Group change, which leads to Community change

gold Peer Education is based on the reality that many people make changes not only based on what they know, but on the opinions and actions of their trusted peers. Peer Educators can communicate and understand in a way that adults can’t, and they can serve as role models for change.

The gold Solution: Deep and Wide

To ensure scalability and replicability, gold-youth has a “deep” and “wide” strategy.

gold Social Franchisees are non-profit organizations that gold-youth partners with to implement our programme. gold-youth gives these organizations a range of services, including quality assurance, which helps the peer education programme to run successfully in selected high schools and their surrounding communities. The many players that make up a community e.g. clinics, government, businesses, and families play an important part in supporting the programme and its participants. gold-youth works with many Social Franchisees in a province/region.

We have packaged the key curriculum and lessons from the deep implementation of the gold Model, creating a DIY digital/print toolkit named Peer2Peer. This is serving multiple stakeholders who are implementing structured peer education programmes, and is adaptable for any context – youth or workplace.

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Click on the button to download the gold Model Activity Plan used for ‘deep’ implementation.

Programme Participants

Facilitator Interns

gold-youth provides a job creation opportunity as a Facilitator Intern for out-of-school youth. They are trained to train and mentor teenage leaders called Peer Educators. Facilitator Interns start as a Junior and move through 4 years of their internship until they are a Lead Facilitator Intern.

Peer Educators

School-going youth begin the programme  as Juniors (age 13-14), and move through 4 years until they graduate as Lead Peer Educators. Through the four-year relationships with Facilitator Interns, Peer Educators are taught to model positive decision making and educate their peers and younger children to make positive choices, strengthen their schoolwork and maximize their impact on their communities.

Peers & Younger Children

Friends and younger children positively impacted by the Peer Educators through role-modelling, Peer Educator-to-Peer education lessons and talk groups, advocacy messaging and community outreach projects.

gold Grads

Our alumni become part of the gold Grads community for life and are connected to various opportunities in:

  • further education,
  • workplace internships,
  • entry-level jobs and
  • entrepreneurship ventures.

Curriculum Resources

gold Programme participants receive resources containing all they need to engage successfully in the programme. Topics that are covered in the gold Curriculum fall into 6 modules of content:

  • Leadership (including Work Readiness)
  • Self-development
  • Gender, Relationships and Rights
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Action

Youth Micro-Businesses

Micro ‘business-in-a-box’ opportunities for gold Grads provide solutions and products to grassroots communities through enterprise development and youth job creation.

We are in the start-up phase of collaborating with industry leaders to unlock micro-economies across Africa by scaling profitable microbusinesses. The detail of these businesses, from distribution of solar powered products to mobile money and hydroponic food hubs, is available on request.