Recognising the lack of resources available that are tailored to the specific needs of young people who use drugs, Youth RISE embarked on a four-year project to develop resources for practical use by peer educators to address harm reduction and HIV prevention. "Youth RISE Up! for HIV Prevention" is a project funded by MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation that started in 2009. In 2010, Youth RISE staff and International Working Group (IWG) members launched the publication “A young peer trainer’s guide to provide sexual health and drug-related harm reduction education”, which is based on trainings given by Youth RISE IWG members and provides young people with a set of sessions to be adapted and then implemented by the peer educators.
In all, the guide contains 8 sessions for a complete training on sexual health and safer drug use for young people, including a series of exercises that aid participants to have a better understanding of different factors influencing health; drug-related harm reduction; sexual health and HIV; drug use, harm reduction and HIV; the relationship between sex and drugs, and stigma affecting young people.
Training workshops have so far been conducted in India, Romania, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria and Lebanon, and two new countries will be selected to implement the project in 2012.
Every year, two supplements are added to the tool be based on the different international experiences and contexts.
- Click here to access the guide in English
- Click here to access the guide in Spanish
- Click here to access the guide in Arabic
- Click here to access the guide in Russian
RISE UP! in 2012
The Youth RISE Up! for HIV Prevention project supported by MTV Staying Alive Foundation is now in its fourth year. The project has so far been a great success, and in 2012 we are building on the project, furthering our reach with the training of more young people in two new countries on sexual health and harm reduction. We will also further expand our resources as we aim to create additional culturally and contextually appropriate materials.
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