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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.
Sexual health pro-tip: You can't download a condom! With the Federal Health Minister ripping funds away from peer led face-to-face sexual health education and condom distribution, young people are at risk of losing access to Red Aware Safe Sex Kits - teeming with sexual health info, condoms and lube in a refillable tin, and awesome safe sex merch! Sign the petition so that Red Aware can continue reaching over 10,000 young people! http://bit.do/saveyeah #saveYEAH
"These cuts target the most vulnerable group in society – young people" Read the Archer Magazine article on the cuts to YEAH and Safe School Ineedsafeschools #saveYEAH *Don't forget to sign the petition at the bottom of the article* http://bit.do/archermag