Using The Power Of Football to Fight HIV/AIDS

By using the power of soccer, VAP trains local role models as community change agents. These trained “Coaches” educate youth from their very own neighborhoods, and inspire them to avoid risks and lead productive and healthy lives. The SKILLZ Program creates simple, but powerful connections between football and life, and helps young people take small steps to achieve their goals, stay strong when faced with challenges, and protect themselves and others from HIV and AIDS. Numerous independent evaluations have proven that SKILLZ interventions are highly effective at building participants' knowledge and understanding of high-risk behaviors, changing harmful attitudes, as well as adopting health-seeking behaviors including increased uptake of health and psycho social support services. Youth who complete the SKILLZ Kenya program are empowered – and support – to make healthy decisions and begin changing their behaviours.