Nike Esiet

Ashoka Fellow
Nigeria,
Fellow Since 1992
Action Health Incorporated

Citation

This profile was prepared when Nike Esiet was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
The New Idea
Founded by Nike in 1989, Action Health Incorporated is a multi-disciplinary group of parent and teen-age volunteers who believe that, in order to make responsible decisions, adolescents need more information about health and sexuality than schools or parents provide. AHI encourages abstinence as the ideal behavior for adolescents, but also recognizes the need for teens who are already sexually active to be informed about the importance of practicing safe and responsible sex.
AHI increases awareness about adolescent health issues through the use of trained peer educators who provide school mates with information about sexuality, health, and life planning and volunteer parent counselors. AHI also offers non-judgmental counseling and referral services.
Nike's idea crystallized around adolescent health when she realized how many adolescents were at risk and that no program existed to inform adolescents about the their health and sexuality. She began in one local school district to reach as many in-school adolescents as possible, and to give them a forum for discussing their questions and concerns.
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