TYAP Philosophy

  • PhilosophyEducation about youth issues must start where the youth are at.
    Youth are smart, dynamic, and informed. Youth should be encouraged to share the information they know about the issues being discussed, be encouraged to lead debate and facilitate learning. By leading learning in this way, the process becomes participatory, effective and accessible.
  • Trained youth are most effective in teaching other youths about youth issues.
    Intergenerational communication and education are often impeded by thick walls of judgement and distrust. In order for change to take place, youth must gain awareness of their own risk behaviour, create a dialogue of current youth issues with their peers, and through dialogue and awareness discuss and create solutions stemming from this positive youth environment.
  • Life skill based education on youth issues needs to be long-term, interactive, involve people living with the issues and be run by peers.
    We need to provide youth with the tools and skills to protect themselves in modern times. TYAP believes that unless youth are given the power to make their own decisions by being equipped with the skills needed to make those decisions, then there will be few changes in youth attitude and future outlook. Moreover by equipping youth with the skills needed to antagonize the issues prevalent in their lives, they will be able to carry on the work in the homes, communities and cities making youth action more sustainable in the long term.
  • Youth should be informed about and involved in policy changes that directly and or indirectly affects them.
    TYAP challenges youth to explore policy setting and implementation in Thailand and to reflect on numerous transgressions within the system. TYAP exposes youth to human rights abuses against women, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, drug users, and street youth, with the goal of promoting awareness and analysis on issues which very often impact on an individual’s ability to care for him/herself.