Straight Talk Foundation Kenya

Read About Our History, Vision, Mission, and Values as an Organization.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

We intend to contribute to combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, reduce teenage pregnancies, promote safe and responsible sexual behaviors, discourage harmful traditional practices, eliminate sexual abuse and promote gender and human rights awareness around these topics.

We endeavor to provide Kenyan adolescents with a forum for open dialogue on sexuality and reproductive rights related to HIV AIDS, homosexuality, girls’ rights, and more. Straight Talk started with the objective to equip young people with information and life skills so that they can protect themselves from high-risk situations and remain in control of their own behavior.

Our Areas of Impact

The Straight Talk project facilitates collaborative partnerships with adolescents with the aim of developing coping strategies and behavioral life skills that will help young people remain in control of their behavior. The Straight Talk concept is built on the tenet that youth need information on sexuality and reproductive health so as to be able to make informed decisions about their health and lives.

At the core of all Straight Talk, activities are 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 that has greatly contributed to its popularity.

We engage using
programs and media

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Our Programs
  • Linda Dada Initiative
  • Teen Talk
  • Green Talk Program
  • 2Cheze Sports Program
  • Straight Talk Clubs
Our Platforms
  • Magazines
  • Events
  • Social Media
  • Radio
  • Website

Straight Talk/ Teen Talk SRHR Newspapers

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.

We have also partnered with Ticah Health through Aunty Jane Hotline project to produce SRHR materials for schools around Nairobi.

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 organizations, and partners. The copies are also available for download online.

Straight Talk Clubs

Straight Talk Clubs, each with an average of 35 students, aim to help improve adolescent health by fostering peer-to-peer discussion of HIV, by encouraging youth to share opinions about and experiences with confronting high-risk situations, and by helping them develop behavior-negotiation skills through role-playing activities. Hosted within schools across the country, Straight Talk Clubs discuss issues raised in the newspaper, hear guest speakers, visit health centers and the disabled, and engage in community service projects.

One goal is to increase dialogue between adolescents and teachers, and between adolescents and their parents.

Straight Talk has developed a training program to prepare teachers and youth workers who run the Straight Talk Clubs to handle adolescents’ sexuality and reproductive health concerns with sensitivity. The training format is a 2-week class on group management and facilitation that includes peer education and HIV information.

Straight Talk Radio and online Podcasts

To reinforce the messages shared through the Straight Talk newspaper and the clubs, we have also successfully rolled out Straight Talk radio programs aired on various institutional radio stations in institutions of higher learning. This is to foster debate on sexual reproductive health and rights issues. Our shows have been available on MMU FM, USIU FM

Our radio programs are also available on SoundCloud.com, a content sharing platform on the internet and our publications are available for free on Scribd.com.

The theme and focus of the program are determined by the adolescent editorial board. The program emphasizes first-hand opinions and experiences of adolescents and introduces role-playing scenarios.

Sport and Play as Tools for Learning

2cheze’s approach to addressing SRHR challenges through the use of sport and play as tools to increase knowledge, as well as change attitudes and behaviours amongst youth and their communities.

Research shows that sport and play are effective tools for increasing knowledge on how to prevent communicable and non-communicable diseases (SPD IWG 2008). It is important for youth to gain knowledge on vital health issues relating to SRHR but also the confidence to make healthy choices so that they can protect themselves from diseases, and reduce high-risk behaviors. Learning through sport and play allows children and youth to actively engage with, and enjoy the learning process while enhancing social connectedness between students and teachers.

Straight Talk, through 2CHEZE, fosters learning in this way which helps break down barriers to discussing sensitive issues and creates an environment more conducive to open, straight communication (Right to Play).

Sport and play are effective vehicles for teaching children and youth important life skills such as team-building, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving while encouraging the acquisition of positive attitudes and values. Life skills are critical in supporting decision making for children and youth and their development through each stage of life. For adolescents, in particular, sport and play can increase self-esteem and facilitate identity formation through relationship-building and enhanced access to leadership opportunities.

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