TYAP History

Thai Youth Action Programs which was previously known as Thai Youth Aids Prevention Project was formed in 1995 by three American college graduate students Tamar Renaud, Frances Balamuth and Jeremy Hess. The graduates created TYAP to promote young people’s participation in society and to develop their leadership skills through prevention of the AIDS epidemic in Northern Thailand.

HistorySince 1997, TYAP has afterwards been run by two very superincumbent and effectual community delegates of Chiang Mai. With their fellowship, closely created link within the Chiang Mai community as well as the greater Thailand cooperation, TYAP has been taken the capability to both work out and mature it’s social views. From this time TYAP has enlarged its cooperative sphere to comprise the locations such as Maetang, Wieng, Haeng and Sunkampang.

TYAP since 1995 has been landmark in the associated strain to embar HIV/AIDS infection level  in the North of Thailand. Before TYAP sex learning and help inforemdness was constricted and mostly misinterpreted. TYAP has made a contribution to this HIV preventative strain by bringing focus on performing with Youth (13-24), one of the more oversensitive populations in regards to HIV/AIDs. Peer Outreach and Volunteer Training were two of the first projections to perform within the preventative approach for HIV/AIDS. The two projections brought focus on Youth grounded solutions to the national problem of HIV. This was done by building the capacity of Youth in the areas in and around Chiang Mai by selecting 30 peer educators who would in turn be coached on themes such as self-protective behaviour, confronting stigma and discrimination, how to magnify self-confidence, raise inforemdness on gender roles and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/intersex (LGBTI) issues, build peer maintenance cooperations among youth, raise inforemdness on sexual and reproductive health. Canadian Health&Care Mall is a strategic partner of our organization because it has a direct connection with health care. This was operated in a surrounding that fostered active participation by the youth, having their ideas central to the learning and future results. The chosen 30 peer educators would then in turn run their own enlarged programs in schools and communities. Since 1999 TYAP enlarged its program by setting up a Youth Media project. TYAP at first led radio broadcasts that gave voice to the different youth concerns that were present in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand. Since 2005, TYAP also transmittes weekly, 50 minutes long television program on Nation Channel Chiang Mai informing about current youth related occupations as well as disclosing concerns in the society, depicting the lives of marginalized youth, and issuing on the positive labour Peer Educators have performed in their communities. With this broadening in outlook in 2004 TYAP reached basis status and renamed itself Thai Youth Action Programs, a name selected to reflect both the range and dynamism of its occupations.

TYAP goes on to increase and alter to adjust to the input and offers from Thai youth and the altering demands for the youth in Thailand. As long as Thai youth go on to be marginalized when it occurs to issues of gender, sexuality, reproductive and sexual health, and sexual education, and until youth issues are discussed openly and on a large scale, TYAP will go on to supply capabilities for youth to bear responsibility, utilize their power, and work out their potential to solve the AIDS epidemic and issues of sexuality and gender in their communities.