Iris Lin, MSW Candidate with a concentration in child welfare, UC Berkeley
For the summer, Iris interned with a NGO called Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) in Kampala, Uganda. UYDEL served disadvantaged youth who are sexually exploited or at risk of sexual exploitation and consequently, reproductive health problems. Iris worked at one of UYDEL’s drop in centers located in Bwaise, one of the biggest urban slums in Kampala. She co-facilitated a workshop series with a local social work intern on adolescent reproductive health. The workshops covered topics such as HIV and STDs, safe sex, condom use, drugs and alcohol, empowerment and effective negotiation, personal hygiene, and more. She also traveled to local high schools and did presentations on adolescent sexual health education.