Rise Up Youth Champions Initiative, Press Release

Our CEO, Sylvain MUZUNGU HIRWA is one of 22 youth leaders from around the globe selected to join Rise Up’s third cohort of Youth Champions for sexual and reproductive rights, health, and justice. The Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) is a program of Rise Up, a leader in the global gender equity movement, supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Through this initiative, Rise Up invests in young champions who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice (SRHRJ) movement now and for the next generation. Rise Up integrates intensive capacity building, leadership development, project funding, and technical assistance to enable young leaders to launch creative new initiatives to improve SRHRJ in their countries.

Selected from a competitive field of applicants, Tantine’s CEO, MUZUNGU HIRWA Sylvain, joins a cohort of fellow young visionary young leaders working to advance SRHRJ in India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the U.S. South.

The initiative launches with an intensive week-long Incubator workshop, July 9-16 in San Francisco, California, where Muzungu Hirwa Sylvain and fellow Youth Champions will train with internationally-recognized SRHRJ experts, grow their skills in innovation and leadership, and develop their own projects to increase access to quality SRHRJ services and information in their communities and countries.

Following the Incubator, participating Rise Up Youth Champions and their organizations can apply for competitive seed funding to launch their proposed SRHRJ projects. Rise Up will also provide ongoing technical assistance to support Youth Champions and their organizations in effectively implementing their innovative SRHRJ projects.

Based at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, Rise Up is building a global movement for gender equity by identifying visionary leaders, investing in their solutions, and amplifying their voices.

Tantine is thrilled for Sylvain to join Rise Up’s global network of powerful innovators and advocates to advance girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing in Rwanda and beyond.

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 About Tantine

Tantine is a Rwandan social enterprise which uses innovation in solving pressing challenges in the area of sexual and reproductive health. As of 2019, more than one million youth in Rwanda have access life saving information using our products. More information is available HERE.

About Rise Up

Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families, and communities for a more just and equitable world through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership, and building movements. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, advocating for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. More information is available at

About the Youth Champions Initiative

Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative invests in powerful young leaders ages 18-29 who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movement in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and the United States. Rise Up’s externally validated model enables young leaders to create large-scale change through leadership development, technology, innovation, and advocacy. Youth Champions Initiative improves the lives of young people by advancing innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice globally. Learn more at

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