Global Leaders from Botswana Help Transform Communities During Virtual Fellowship with Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

 

Bakang Garebatho is partnering with Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Austin, Texas through the U.S. Department of State’s Community Solutions Program. Bakang, an emerging global leader in HIV Activism, is working with American counterparts at Texas Campaign, collaborating on projects that will help strengthen communities and improve lives in Texas and Botswana.

 

The Texas Is Ready project aims to ensure that Texas school districts and communities are equipped to implement evidence-informed sexual health education for Texas K-12 students, building on the new minimum standards adopted by the State Board of Education in November 2020. Bakang will help to support school district teams as they create plans, engage community support, select curriculum, and train teachers. Bakang will also assist with the development of a sexual health education community toolkit for adolescents, as well as a discussion guide for caretakers of young people.

 

Bakang Garebatho is an HIV Activist, offering primary psychosocial services to adolescents and young people in Botswana. Bakang educates the public about HIV through local and continental platforms, using his life as testimonial to prove life beyond HIV. Bakang piloted Radio Positive, a weekly radio program that invites the public to engage in dialogue over various health topics, as well as an outreach program, for high school seniors, that aims to normalize and change the narrative of HIV.

 

Since 2010, the Community Solutions Program (CSP) has provided over 740 community leaders, between the ages of 25 and 38, from 99 countries with an intensive professional development experience in the United States. Focusing on complex economic, environmental, social, and political issues, CSP fellows complete an intensive U.S.-based practicum, undertake rigorous leadership coursework, build new networks, and implement community project in their home country, using their newly acquired leadership and technical skills. The 2021 CSP Fellows are participating in a newly developed virtual program. CSP fellows have contributed over 350,000 hours supporting 129 U.S. communities across 40 states and Washington, DC. CSP community projects have impacted over 600,000 beneficiaries around the world.

 

The Community Solutions Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

 

For press inquiries please contact:

Melanie Barrera-Chasteen, Senior Director of Community Engagement, Texas Campaign: melanie@txcampaign.org

Les Miles, Community Solutions Program Manager, IREX: lmiles@irex.org

 

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