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Anael Bodwell

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Anael Bodwell - 2017 Nominee
Position: Co-founder
Organization: YAM Seychelles
Current Location: Seychelles, Africa
ACCA Professional Qualification from Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Volunteers Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Citizen Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS)
    Date Awarded:
    December 6, 2016
  • Award:
    28 Young People Making a Difference in Seychelles
    Awarding Organization:
    NRYC Seychelles
    Date Awarded:
    May 5, 2015
  • Award:
    National Positive Youth Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Seychelles National Youth Council
    Date Awarded:
    August 7, 2011
Anael Bodwell is the co-founder of Youth Action Movement (YAM) of Seychelles; the first and only youth NGO dealing in sexual and reproductive health issues in Seychelles. Anael is an avid advocate of SDG3- health and well-being. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I co-founded the Youth Action Movement (YAM) Seychelles in 2012, an entirely youth-led initiative aimed at addressing SRHR issues among young people. This unique initiative in Seychelles has trained over 100 youth in peer education, reached out to hundreds of people to facilitate access to SRHR information and products and has a strong 3,000 social media followers on Twitter and Facebook. YAM Seychelles has since its launch become a leadership and capacity-building programme for vulnerable youths and I have been at the forefront leading the following projects; advocacy workshops, awareness talks on contraceptives, promotion of youth SRH clinics, solidarity marches for people living with HIV/AIDS, Abstinence Campaigns for adolescents and empowerment camps.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for FP sparked from when I joined my first Peer Ed club at school (some 7yrs ago). I was touched from the stories I heard from my peers; it dawned on me that the job of a peer educator is an important one as youth were most likely to listen to people the same age as them. I found out that the program died out after students left school and I wanted to retain these experienced youth to further empower other young people. I forged it under the right framework and built YAM Seychelles.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Leadership is about putting people before self and I live by these principles. During FP, I push for the more experienced youth to guide newer members in advocacy work by delegating important tasks such as preparing the budget for projects. I also ensure that all YAM members are given the same or equal chance at opportunities such as international trainings.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Should I become a winner of 120 under 40, I would use the platform to further promote the work of YAM Seychelles in the area of SRHR and increase visibility of the association. I would like to use the fund of $1,000 as a seed investment to develop an internship programme for young Seychellois aged 14 to 17 years old. The internship will attach a selected group of youth to youth clinics, information centres and medical centres to learn about SRHR and encourage other youth to access these venues.

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