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Why at a time when young people’s STI rates are rising and condom use is declining is the Federal Government taking money away from young people trying to lead the change they desperately need for their sexual health education and culture?
Given over 75% of STIs are occurring amongst young people it’s such a counter productive message to send to young leaders, volunteering to be sexual health promoters, that suddenly their efforts to improve the disastrous state of sexual health education is not valued.
The decision by the Federal Government to defund YEAH is nothing less than outrageous; why throw away all that has been invested in building a highly successful grassroots youth organisation?
Here’s how you can help…
Your voice is valuable.
Sign the Change.org petition to #saveYEAH
Read our Media Release
For interviews contact Karen Cochrane (see Media Release)
Spread the word! Add a #saveYEAH Twibbon filter to your Facebook or Twitter profile, add a #saveYEAH cover photo
Don’t forget to share!
You can write directly to the Health Minister, Sussan Ley, and tell her just how important youth led sexual health is and why the Health Department should reconsider their decision to defund YEAH.
We have drafted a template you can send, edit, or write your own personal message.
Archer – 28th April 2016 First Safe Schools, now YEAH: The government is targeting our most vulnerable
The Courier – 25th April 2016 Cutting valuable program makes no sense
The Age (editorial) – 24th April 2016 Hell YEAH, let’s talk about sex
The Age (news article) – 24th April 2016 Axing of sex education program YEAH part of ‘ideological agenda’, experts claim
Daily Life – 22nd April 2016
If sex education is about protecting kids, it also needs to be about empowerment
SameSame – 15th April 2016
Government cuts funding to youth sex education program
The Informer on JOY FM – 14th April 2016
YEAH defunded; Jason Ball on Pride Cup, homophobia in sport
Star Observer – 14th April 2016
Outrage as Federal Government cuts funding for youth sexual health group
Junkee – 14th April 2016
The Government’s Defunding Australia’s Only Youth-Led Sexual Health Organisation
Listen: Jack and James from JOY 949’s Well, Well, Well program spoke with Alischa and Michael from YEAH about being defunded by the Federal Government.
Listen: The Informer’s Dean Beck on JOY 949 talks with Shadow Health Minister Catherine King and YEAH CEO Alischa Ross.
Listen: YEAH CEO Alischa Ross speaks with Saturday Magazine with Tass and Macca on JOY 94.9 about the recent cuts to YEAH’s funding
Listen: Alischa also spoke with The Informer on JOY 94.9 on Thursday about the #saveYEAH campaign
For the full JOY interview go to joy.org.au/theinformer
Letters of support submitted in response to the #saveYEAH Campaign
Download and print the #saveYEAH flyer and post it at your university, workplace and community noticeboards.
You can also email the PDF out to your social, personal, and professional networks – urging people to join the fight to save YEAH by signing the petition.
It's YEAH's last day of funding. We'll continue to fight for youth led sexual health education - help by signing https://t.co/FiT7BPwXmuJune 30, 2016 10:37 am
@AssemblePapers thanks for your support and sharing the petition! ❤️June 29, 2016 09:01 am
The Darwin YEAH team will be heading up the Use Your Words workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday this week - check the out at Charles Darwin Uni - see poster for details!!
Thanks to the team at i-D for publishing this article on the continuing fight to #saveyeah As we near the final hours of our last day of government funding it is so heart-warming for all of our dedicated volunteers to see that the fight is still on. <3 i-D The petition is still live at www.yeah.org.au/sign <<<READ>>> https://i-d.vice.com/en_au/article/how-you-can-help-save-australias-only-youth-led-sexual-health-educator
Today marks YEAH's last day of funding. While this is a sad day for everyone on the team, we are not giving up - and neither should you. We will continue to fight on for a funding recommitment from the government. YEAH’s dedicated team will continue to voluntarily manage YEAH’s online presence during July, meaning you can still access great digital resources, videos, and clinic information from the website. Our online shop will remain open and available for purchases of great low cost sexual health resources -https://shop.redaware.org.au What can you do? Send a message directly to your local member via our website www.redaware.org.au If your local member changes after July 2, this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard by a new representative - we encourage you to write to them too. And as always, share the petition around to your local networks. www.yeah.org.au/sign