Promoting Youth Empowerment: Lessons From Neo Juventud in Ecuador

As part of the LIFT-UP Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE Ecuador explored the impact of Neo Juventud, a comprehensive development program tailored for young men and women in Palmar, a rural and impoverished area of Ecuador. The study sought to understand the Neo Juventud model and explore if and how it promoted the empowerment of youth, particularly as related to their understanding of sexual and reproductive health.