At the core of all Straight Talk activities is youth participation as a strategy. The Straight Talk Editorial Board is comprised of 4 boys and 4 girls who meet twice per month with adults from the STFK. Along with their peers, these adolescents guide and develop Straight Talk media as part of an interactive and participatory structure has greatly contributed to its popularity.
Straight Talk/ Teen Talk SRHR Nespapers
Straight Talk has been known for its niche in speaking the language youth understand and in the recent past our publications have received rave opinions.
In partnership with the Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), we have put together two newsletters, Teen Talk Magazine and Young Talk Magazine, which are distributed free of charge throughout learning institutions and youth groups in Kenya. The publications are complemented by visits by the Straight Talk team of peer educators and other visitors to a dozen schools every month.
Specifically, the Straight Talk Newspaper is produced by and for young people ages 15 to 19. The paper is published in Sheng, a popular patois of KiSwahili and English, and addresses topics generally not found in daily newspapers, such as sexual abuse, pregnancy, homosexuality, masturbation and gender inequality. Personal reflections – e.g., whether or not to disclose an episode of sexual abuse to one’s family and/or to get tested to find out whether HIV/AIDS was contracted as a result – are also incorporated into the newspaper’s articles, columns, question-and-answer interviews, and cartoons. The paper’s “Please Advise” column enables adolescents to respond to questions from their peers. We seek to empower the students themselves to raise as many questions as possible. Each quarter, about 30,000 copies of the newspaper are produced, and copies are distributed through schools, youth-serving organisations, and partners. The copiesare also available for download online. Archived issues of the newsletter may be accessed on our Straight Talk website.