Media to influence policies
Any movement that involves youth and involves people in large numbers, attracts the attention of the media. This is the most powerful method of voicing opinions and ensuring that policy makers get interested in health issues that are of concern to the youth of the country.
HRIDAY-SHAN trains the youth for these advocacy skills (media advocacy, leadership and oratory skills) which enable them to interact with the wider community: media, policy makers and other civil society groups and can effectively voice their views and demand appropriate policy changes.
HRIDAY-SHAN model thus ensures that health information diffuses through the school, from a few Student Peer Leaders to the whole student community, and from the school into family and community settings. By adding advocacy by the youth on policy issues related to health, the model extends the outreach to the whole nation and transforms knowledge into social change – a process led by the youth and on issues owned by them!