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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…
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Sign the Change.org petition to #saveYEAH
Read our Media Release
For interviews contact Karen Cochrane (see Media Release)
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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.
@Rowena_Murray thanks for your share and support! Feeling the love! ❤️May 25, 2016 05:41 pm
Annastacia Palaszczuk's Queensland government has announced the standardising the age of consent for vaginal and anal sex, ostensibly removing a discriminatory law criminalising sex for young gay men (and anyone else participating in anal sex). Queensland will be he last state or territory in Australia to do so. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-to-catch-up-on-age-of-consent-laws-for-anal-sex-20160524-gp31ez.html
"If you are a member of the LGBTI community, and there’s someone in your life that you love – a partner or a friend – then do me a favour: Next time you’re on a tram in Melbourne, hold their hand." Today the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, gave a heartfelt formal apology to those convicted under unjust laws against homosexual acts. We are proud to have a team of young volunteers whom over half identify as LGBTI, who are delivering inclusive and respectful sexual health education to their peers. http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/apology-to-those-convicted-under-unjust-laws-against-homosexual-acts/
Technology, the Internet, and the Law all have something in common. They are all very very complex. #NationalSendANudeDay reminds us that we need to remain safe and smart on the Internet while we express and embrace our sexuality and bodies. Check out some of YEAH's resources about sexting and the law http://www.redaware.org.au/sexual-health-information/state/ http://www.redaware.org.au/tag/sexting/