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Kobe Smith  

Youth Director for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region

Kobe Smith is a youth advocate from Guyana and a Women Deliver Young Leader (Class of 2018). He is pursuing a Bachelor of Laws at University of Guyana and working at the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited.

Kobe is passionate about incorporating comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in school curricula to inform youth of their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). As president of Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association’s Youth Advocacy Movement, Kobe has led and supported outreach activities, advocacy campaigns, and CSE for thousands of young people.

Kobe has participated and presented at international advocacy fora in the U.K., Peru, Rwanda, and U.S. In 2017, he participated in a hearing at the Organization of American States, where he highlighted SRHR issues affecting Guyanese youth. Kobe has also successfully advocated for the implementation of a national reintegration policy for adolescent mothers in Guyana.

Alongside his membership at United Nations Population Fund’s Youth Advisory Group, Kobe serves as Youth Director on the Regional Board of International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region and Alternate Youth Director on the Governing Council of IPPF. In 2017, Kobe received the National Youth Award for his dedicated service to promoting health education for adolescents in Guyana.

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