Youth projects 08-09
Youth Juvenile Training Centre Mae Rim 13th May 2009
On a warm and sunny Wednesday in May, TYAP’s team of HIV trainers conducted workshop activities at a youth correctional facility in Chiang Mai. Approximately 400 youth from the facility attended the activities organised by 9 TYAP staff, 2 TYAP youth leaders and 1 member of YouthNet.
TYAP started the activities at 10:00am, with the program being divided into 5 different workshop sections.
The first workshop was led by Dtao (Youth leader from Sankampaeng) and Pii Ood (TYAP YouthNet partner Suratahnii NGO Ploygroup). The activity focused on knowledge about Aids, the symptoms of HIV, best methods for prevention, treatment for the disease and discussions about living with people who have Aids. Youth were broken into groups where they discussed the various issues.
The second workshop was led by TYAP staff Pii Tee. This activity included discussions about youth risk behaviors that could lead to HIV. Youth were broken into groups, and were encouraged to speak about their own experiences relating it to the workshop material. Many youth found it useful to talk about past behaviors they had engaged in, or talk about experiences they had witnessed from their peers.
The third workshop was led by TYAP staff Pii Meow O and Pii Mai. This activity was focused on knowledge about STIs; prevention and symptoms associated with the diseases. Groups were again used to open discussion with the youth. TYAP staff Pii Mai was impressed the knowledge of the students, remarking after the activities that most youth gave informed answers and already knew most things about STIs (sexually transmitted infection).
The forth workshop was led by Sankampeang youth leader Cha Waeng and TYAP staff Pii Pim. The training was about birth control, safe sex and contraception. Youth who attended this workshop had many questions regarding the subject matter.
The fifth and final workshop was led by TYAPs two university interns from Isan province Quam and Ouee. The workshop was focused on hygiene and prevention of common contagious diseases present in Chiang Mai. This was Quam’s and Ouee’s first experience in leading activities, but both displayed admirable qualities of teaching, encouraging discussion amongst the youth as well as leading the youth in games related to the subject matter.