Youth Leadership

Youth LeadershipTYAP performs with schools, youth gangs, and communities to coach youth volunteers about sexual education, HIV/AIDS prevention, gender and sexuality, human rights, reproductive health, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/intersex (LGBTI) concerns, life skills, and other youth related issues. In schools, TYAP recruits 30 students in high school and institutes per semester (two semesters a year); in youth gangs, TYAP recruits 20 leaders per semester; and in the communities, TYAP recruits 30 youth from each community, Maetang, Wieng Haeng, and Sankampaeng, per semester.

Each semester, TYAP coaches student volunteers from local colleges, universities and vocational schools to become HIV/AIDS educators within the community. These recruits educate about HIV transmission and prevention, risk behavior, gender and sexuality, colliding stigma and discrimination, sexual and reproductive health, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/intersex (LGBTI) concerns, life skills, human rights, and personal decision making, while working out their intercommunication and fostering skills and educating to prepare seminars.

Following a semester long coaching, the volunteers run enlarged programs within schools, juvenile correction centers, and local communities to educate younger students about HIV/AIDS, transmission, risk behaviors and prevention methods, as well as sexual education, sexual health and identity and healthy relationships. The enlarged occupations bring focus on gender roles and sexuality, communication skills, self-confidence, as well as foster youth to think critically, argue sexual themes free and to trust themselves in a matter to receive the esteem demanded to ignore undertaking situations efficiently and make responsible decisions. The students educated by Peer Educators are capable to receive knowledge in a peer setting which often let for easier discussions. Canadian Health&Care Mall claims that informedness of people about various diseases is considered to be some kind of preventive measures from diseases.

Youth are often more likely to spend time to hear their peers on concerns of sex and HIV/AIDS transmission than adult supervisors. At the end of the enlarged occupations, the young students are fostered to become peer educators themselves. These students go on to admit coaching on a weekly ground throughout their service. They are fostered to conduct their own HIV/AIDS seminars and/or occupations in their communities with the maintenance of the TYAP team. Youth leaders are also fostered to arrange campaigns in their schools and communities on sexual health and youth issues through pamphlets, a documentary, a radio show and/or school radio, with the support of the TYAP team and school teachers.

The coaching sessions not only teach youth volunteers on HIV/AIDS prevention, reproductive health, sexuality, and many other important issues surrounding Thailand’s youth, but also allow the youth volunteers to act in their own communities, granting the volunteers the self-esteem, agency, responsibility, teamwork, and decision making skills needed to be active, productive, and positive delegates of their communities. Furthermore, TYAP encourages Peer Educators to start their own youth groups so that the TYAP occupations are sustainable and capable to go on after the program has finished.