Expressions of Interest: What young people are saying about why they want to be trained as sexual health peer educators

Despite begging defunded and forced to close, hundreds of young people continue joining YEAH’s online campaigns and asking to be trained as sexual health educators.  Check out the table below to see what they are saying.

Let’s CELEBRATE young people wanting to lead positive, inclusive sexual health and HIV awareness.

Help us find the best platform to direct all these young peeps to ensure youth led education can survive and thrive!

Age

Gender

Suburb

State/Territory

Why do you want to become a sexual health peer educator?

How did you hear about the peer education program?

Entry Date

27

Female

Townsville

QLD

I’m a sexual health educator who works in Far North Queensland & would love the opportunity to give back through YEAH!
I am passionate about increasing awareness of sexual health issues & improving access to sexual health services for youth in rural & regional areas. I’m aware of some of the great work YEAH does & am interested to learn how I could contribute to your dynamic organization.
I look forward to speaking with you soon.

community based organisation

13/11/2016 15:57

25

Female

Fitzroy North

VIC

I believe sexual health should be a topic that is openly and freely discussed. There should be no stigma regarding the issues of sexual health. There is no place for shame or embarrassment when it comes to sexual health! Understanding prevention and identification of STI’s is an essential right for for youth and I am very comfortable discussing these topics. I would thoroughly enjoy engaging with the youth in my community, in order to break down barriers and stigmas regarding sexual health. I discuss all issues regarding sexuality and sexual health with my peers regularly and have benefited from this open and honest communication. I am returning to study next year to undertake my masters in sexology but would like to be pro-active in my engagement with the community. Cheers!

word of mouth

9/11/2016 13:37

22

Female

Bentleigh

VIC

I have an interest in Health Promotion, and I would like to further involve

myself in the community. I have a particular passion for Women’s health, and sexual and reproductive health is a very important aspect of this. I don’t think enough is being done to educate youths about the importance of sexual health, so I would like to help change that.

community based organisation

25/10/2016 23:48

28

Female

Parkwood

QLD

I am passionate about the need in society to develop and promote healthy, respectful relationships. I feel that youth and STD prevention is a major part of that process and would be honoured to be involved in the education, awareness and strategy to engage others in this conversation.

word of mouth

17/10/2016 12:11

25

Female

Greenslopes 4120

QLD

I am passionate about sexual health and consent education. There is so much culturally tied into our sexual health, sexual identity, and sexual experiences. It is a fascinating area and one I wish to learn more about and become more involved in. I am a passionate, outgoing, and committed individual and hope that I can be a part of Red Aware.

I am dedicated to helping all members of society becoming more sexually aware and promoting health among all communities. Having travelled around the world experiencing various cultures, volunteered in multicultural organisations, and worked in the health industry; I believe I can bring a certain level of knowledge and experience to the team. There is always more to learn in the area and I hope to be able to do that too!

word of mouth

12/10/2016 19:30

20

Female

Ballarat

VIC

educated in schools and communities. I beleive there is a lack of understanding around this topic in many people today. I love the work you guys do and have since I came accross the tent a groovin a few years ago. This is the area of health I hope to work in one day and believe joining this program will be a fantastic experience.

event/festival

11/10/2016 14:12

21

Female

Yeronga

QLD

I feel that sexual education is poorly taught in Australian schools and have always felt that everyone should have an opportunity to learn about healthy sexual relationships rather than feeling ashamed. After working in the field of infertility I also feel that many young people aren’t aware of the enormous impact sexual health has on their overall health.

word of mouth

10/10/2016 17:40

24

Female

Jesmond

NSW

I am extremely passion about sex ed. I have spent hours educating myself and everything related to sexual health. I would love to get out into my community and give people the education they need to have the safest and most pleasurable sex possible. I love volunteering and serving my community. I currently volunteer with ACON and get to educate people very briefly about sexual health. I know that I can be more effective and impact more people. Can’t wait to hear from you!

word of mouth

3/10/2016 12:56

20

Female

Eatons Hill

QLD

Simply because I feel it’s important for young people to be educated and not feel embarrassed to learn and ask questions. I want to do this to improve the quality of other people’s lives and spread the word about safe sex.

word of mouth

28/09/2016 21:44

21

Female

Mount Colah

NSW

I’m completing a degree in gender and sexuality, which I am really passionate about. I think this organisation does fantastic work! I think education is crucial to understanding ourselves better and staying healthy!

word of mouth

26/09/2016 13:02

21

Female

Mt Waverley

VIC

I feel like there’s a lot to be done in the sexual health field, especially because there are a lot of issues around it- from diseases to social stigma and discrimination.It’s such an important topic to talk about, yet we aren’t talking about it enough! I’d love to help change the social norms and perceptions around sex.

I’m studying health science at university, majoring in health promotion, and would love to participate in such a youth focused program. Being part of Red Aware would give me future career direction and experience.

school/uni

9/09/2016 22:23

I’m really passionate about sexual health and the way it needs to be

27

Female

South Yarra

VIC

I am passionate about sex education, feminism and domestic violence. Growing up, I have found the access to information and the space safe to discuss these issues extremely frustrating and have noticed that the sex education system has not changed. I am motivated to see positive and much needed changes in this space, especially for those who are disadvantaged such as the deaf community. I am deaf myself and am fluent in both Australian Sign Language and English (I sign and speak fluently).

Very keen to join this team and learn more about how I can help encourage this change that is much needed in Australia.

word of mouth

23/08/2016 22:54

19

Male

Kenmore

QLD

I am very passionate about sexual education and want to do anything I can to provide proper education. I want to create an open and safe space for people to talk about sex, sexuality and gender. I wish to find a career in the sex education and/or therapy field in the future, and believe I could bring modern and new approaches. When given a task, I am very driven to complete it to the best of my ability and find interesting ways to approach it.

word of mouth

22/08/2016 16:11

29

Female

Sunshine

VIC

A few months ago I moved to Melbourne from the USA (and I’ll be there for at least another 3 years). In the USA I was practising as a Physician Associate (similar to a GP here). I have always had a passion for HIV/AIDS. While at University I worked on HIV/AIDS campaigns. Later on I obtained my Masters in Medicine as well as my Masters in Public Health. I began doing HIV/AIDS outreach internships for months at a time in Uganda and Kenya. HIV/AIDS is an issue I’m really passionate about. I want to be involved with HIV/AIDS awareness and education in all capacities possible. This is how I came across this incredible group and I really want to be involved and be apart of your movement.

social media

22/08/2016 15:55

23

Female

Kealba

VIC

I’m a Master of Public Health student specialising in sexual & reproductive health. I’ve been volunteering in a high school since February, working on health promotion & empowering students to take action on their own health. One of the workshops focussed on sexual health, where the students just seemed so eager to learn more than what we could cover in one session. It seemed like sexual and reproductive health education in schools isn’t adequate, and students have many questions that YEAH could answer. Becoming an Agent of YEAH to speak to young people about STIs: signs, symptoms, testing treatment and prevention, HIV/AIDs & other sexual health issues whilst learning to improve my own peer education skills is an opportunity I want to be engaged in and would be honoured to be a part of. I want to make a difference in an area that is so vitally important yet taboo to speak & learn about & hopefully encourage young people to spread the message & drive change in their own communities.

school/uni

22/08/2016 15:39

25

Female

Coburg

VIC

I am an international Master of Public Health student at the University of Melbourne and I am focusing my studies on Sexual and Reproductive Health. I am very passionate about sexual health education for adolescents and I am looking for an opportunity to begin educating young people about sexual health and all that it can encompass.

I am a current volunteer for the CHASE (Community Health Advancement and Student Engagement) Program and I really enjoy working with the young people. However, that program will end in a few short weeks and I am looking to continue my work with young people. I believe that being an Agent of YEAH will allow me to continue working and empowering young people to make healthy decisions.

school/uni

17/08/2016 16:02

29

Male

Annerley

QLD

To ensure that my peers and community are better informed about sexuality and safe sex practices. My roles as a Registered Nurse, a volunteer in a high school and as a post graduate university student allow me to be in a position of influence towards young people making healthy life choices.

community based organisation

2/08/2016 21:31

22

Female

Mailors Flat

VIC

Because I am very passionate about sexual health and breaking down the stigma surrounding it. I have already created several videos on sexual health information on my YouTube channel and would love to be able to educate more people on the matter!

school/uni

21/07/2016 12:02

25

Female

Seddon

VIC

I believe it is extremely important for young adults and youth to be educated adequately about sexual health. Being a young adult myself, I am conscious that discussing sexual health can be difficult or challenging for some people. However, education and accurate information regarding this topic is extremely important to share with young adults and adolescents.

I have an interest in infectious diseases and sexual health and would appreciate the opportunity to participate as an Agent of YEAH.

word of mouth

15/07/2016 14:58

20

Female

Doncaster

VIC

There is not enough information available amongst young people about sexual health and effective contraceptive methods and whether or not these prevent STI’s. Even in schools with health education, the sex education aspect is often overlooked and the main focus is anatomy, puberty, menstruation and pregnancy. I was in the ‘advanced class’ in my school and essentially we were told having sex is fine in a relationship and the teacher briefly skimmed over information about The Pill and condoms in pregnancy prevention but nothing was mentioned of STI’s.

Sex and sexual education is a necessity in modern culture and too many young people are being affected and negatively impacted by a lack of this necessary information and consequent contraction of STI’s. We need to be doing all we can to educate young people about something that affects them to such a degree as STI’s do and peer mentoring appears to be the most effective way to do so.

social media

10/07/2016 23:09

20

Female

Noble Park

VIC

I want to become an Agent of YEAH because:
I’ve noticed that not many people, especially young Australians, are not properly informed within sexual health, and anything sex-related. As someone who had to learn most of this themselves, I would have found it extremely helpful if I were more informed as a teenager about it. Being a peer educator will allow me to be able to spread awareness by helping people understand sexual health. In addition to raising awareness, I’d also love to help make the topic less taboo. I find that young Australians, or young people in general, are not aware because sexual health is not something that people want to talk freely about. I want to achieve this by being able talking comfortably and openly to people about any curiosities or problems they may have.

school/uni

17/06/2016 19:21

17

Female

Melbourne

VIC

I think someone needs to educate youth on these issues such as sexual health and I’d like to be able to do that if it means it will even keep one person safe.

school/uni

15/06/2016 15:52

26

Male

Spence

ACT

Because I was 20 when I attended a course that talked about more than just knowing how to use a condom and what the reproductive system is. That is scary and I want to help educate other people so that the rise of STI’s in young people is halted.

word of mouth

26/05/2016 14:06

25

Female

Hamlyn Heights, Geelong

VIC

I’d like to become an Agent of Yeah because of how important I think sexual education is for the growing generation. relying on out-dated ‘don’t do this’ style of teaching, students are missing out on all the emotional connotations that can be aligned with this.
To be able to be a young approachable, knowledgeable person, would be beneficial in engaging the younger public in a more friendly offhanded manner.

id love to gain the skills and share information about safe sex and the prevention of diseases and to provide some FAQs and dispel some myths. I think it would be very beneficial in Geelong where I live if there was to be a small group of us that would go to the schools and do sessions which appeal across the ages.

school/uni

12/05/2016 15:23

25

Female

Scarborough

WA

I am a sexual health nurse and studying a grad dip in public health. I am

passionate about all things sexual health. I enjoy the non-clinical youth engagement delivered through peer education. I have had experience as a peer educator through the YACWA YEP Project and also volunteered with Headspace YRG.

word of mouth

8/05/2016 1:36

15

Male

pottsville

NSW

i would like to help teach teens my age about sexual health and how important it is , what it can do and how to prevent std’s , hiv and aids ect. im also apart of the schools student representitive council and think it would be great to take it to a higher level and have an event ect.

school/uni

3/05/2016 21:25

23

Female

Mooloolaba

QLD

I believe it’s important that young people, are able to receive sex ed which

covers consent and emotional aspects as well as issues of STI’s. I think this program is perfect for that and I would love to be a part of it. I didn’t get the opportunity to have sex ed like this at school and would love the opportunity to bring this program to more areas around the country.

social media

24/04/2016 17:55

23

Female

Georgetown

NSW

Our approach to sexual health has to evolve as we have… The youth of Australia deserve role models who are passionate and educated about sexual health. I want to empower young Australians to make positive decisions about their sexual health.

event/festival

23/04/2016 0:31

21

Male

Leeming

WA

I have always been interested in youth health. I also believe that the current education system is often lacking in terms of educating youth on sexual health, especially when it comes to the development of sexually-transmitted and drug-associated diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Organisations like YEAH help to combat the stigma and allow youth to gain valuable knowledge about protection and prevention when it comes to sexually-transmitted diseases.

I am also a medical student at the University of Western Australia and believe that working with YEAH will really compliment my course work by allowing me to be both an advocate and educator for youth about a very serious healthcare issue. I am passionate about sexual health and since diseases like HIV/AIDS are mostly preventable, it is a healthcare area in which attention, open-mindedness and greater knowledge among at-risk youth will lead to a decline in prevalence.

word of mouth

22/04/2016 3:25

24

Female

Booragoon

WA

I am a firm believer in that young people should have access to accurate and relvant sexual information in order to make informed decision about the sexual behaviours that they may engage in. This is why I am currently completing my Masters in Sexology. This degree has given my the knowledge and skills to talk about sex, sexuality and gender topics and I believe that by becoming an Agent of YEAH, I would be able to use my skills to provide other young people with relevant and accurate information in an non-judgemental way.

school/uni

19/04/2016 19:42

20

Female

Adelaide

SA

The fact that most people with STIs are young people is a sad reflection of the effectiveness of current sexual education classes in schools.

word of mouth

19/04/2016 13:53

23

Female

Coburg

VIC

Growing up in a conservative family, sexual health wasn’t something I was able to comfortably discuss with my parents or extended family and had to learn about in a real roundabout way, often through second-hand knowledge through friends, and friends of friends who had heard this, that or whatever at school from teachers or from their boyfriends or their older siblings.

Throughout my young adulthood, I’ve pieced together a knowledge base on the subject of sexual and reproductive health and the many social issues surrounding it through a lot my own internet scouring research, uni subjects and talking to sexual health professionals (not in any way exhaustive, just on my usual check ups). My desire to work with YEAH stems largely from wanting a platform upon which I can connect with like- minded young people to discuss issues which impact us all and to be able to reach others who, like my younger self, may not have had ready access to the information they needed.

social media

17/04/2016 22:23

23

Female

Strathmore

VIC

Because I appreciate the issue YEAH aims to address. I am a young female studunt looking to join a group and develop my leadership skills and gain experience in working with youth.

social media

17/04/2016 18:56

20

Female

Keilor, Melbourne

VIC

I want to get involved in the community and have always been passionate about the importance of open discussion when it comes to sex. I think it’s great that society is getting more comfortable talking about sex and would love to be a part of the change!

word of mouth

17/04/2016 17:55

21

Male

Castlemaine

VIC

I am currently focusing my career around mental health and want to work with Youth. I am studying a Bachelor of Psychological science at Latrobe University. It has occurred i know very little about STI’s/STD’s and would like to increase my awareness of these issues. Furthermore, not only is education important to prevent STI’s/STD’s from spreading through promoting safe sex but to focus on the mental implications that are associated with sex including pressure to have sex, living with an STI/STD or worrying about a friend.

event/festival

4/04/2016 16:52

28

Female

Ferny Hills

QLD

I have a background in education (I’m a qualified secondary teacher) and I have always felt we could be doing more to support healthy sexuality in schools. I currently work as a sexuality and intimacy coach, but am really interested in volunteering my time to work specifically with youth. It also saddens me that the misinformation and lack of true education around sex is costing so many young Australians their health and well-being, and I would love to be apart of the movement to address this.

word of mouth

30/03/2016 18:46

24

Female

Corio

VIC

I’ve been reflecting recently on how appalled I was at the lack of sex education I was exposed to as a young person. Although there are some excellent resources online for sex education, this should not be a child or teen’s only reference point, I think real, peer conversations can breed better cultures.
I’ve done a bit of work in mental health public education and facilitation and would love to expand these skills in a new context.

word of mouth

29/03/2016 15:31

24

Female

Melbourne

VIC

about sex positive approaches to sexuality. Being more informed has improved my relationships and confidence in romantic/sexual areas and all other areas of my life.

I would love the opportunity to share this knowledge with other young

school/uni

23/03/2016 12:41

21

Female

gaborone

VIC

i would love to teach my fellow peers about the importance of sexual health awareness

social media

22/03/2016 3:38

24

Female

Parkdale

VIC

Through out my nursing career I have come across countless patients and

also friends of varying ages who have not received an adequate education reguarding their own sexual health and that of others, because of this I have developed a passion in sex education and believe that it is important that everyone, who is willing to be, should be educated about this especially the younger generation. While at work I love taking students and passing on my knowledge as teaching is something that comes naturally to me. I want to inspire the younger generation and become a role model, I feel like I am easy to talk to and I would love younger people to be able to feel like they can also talk to me about anything that concerns them, particularly this subject, Because of this I think I would be a good addiction to Red Aware

word of mouth

17/03/2016 15:00

16

Male

williamstown

VIC

i don’t want any of my friends getting pregnant or STIs and i already hand condoms out to friends from school

word of mouth

16/03/2016 22:39

I found most of my sex education from youtubers like Laci Green and reading

25

Female

Carlton North

VIC

I think it is crucial that we change the way in which we, as a general society and specifically as youth (we are the future, after all!), think about and talk about sexual health. I would like to help be part of this change!

I’m specifically interested in becoming an Agent of YEAH because I didn’t have access to people with whom I felt comfortable speaking with about sexual health when I was growing up. Reading a book or hearing a presentation in health class didn’t offer a forum where I felt comfortable asking questions. I don’t want anyone else to have to feel confused and embarrassed like I did.

school/uni

15/03/2016 21:50

20

Female

Maningrida community

NT

I’m passionate about empowering and enriching our youth, especially in my community as I am doing something good for my people. I strongly believe and push forward for safe sex and being healthy and also youth leadership! to do this training will be of great benefit to myself and to the young women i deliver workshops too. the more knowledge and awareness the better!

event/festival

11/03/2016 17:44

23

Female

Kensington

VIC

I feel that sex and sexual health is a heavily stigmatised topic that makes many people feel uncomfortable and results in people often shying away from speaking out about it, despite having a lot of questions and uncertainties. There is a lot we are taught in school, however, many teens leave these conversations confused, frightened about sex and with a bunch of misconceptions about STIs. Then after school, sex education seems to just stop, and at a time when people are most sexually active. I feel its really important to break these barriers and open up the conversations. If majority of people participate in sex at some point in their life time, then why aren’t we talking more openly about our experiences, the benefits and the risks?

word of mouth

8/03/2016 17:02

23

Female

Northcote

VIC

Sex education is something that I am extremely passionate about. I believe in a holistic approach to sex education, that is actively inclusive of different genders and sexualities.
I have followed YEAH on social media for a while now and feel that I am aligned with their approach to sexual health. I would love to further my knowledge and get involved in an enthusiastic youth led space. I want to help promote and normalise discussion around sexual health and help out however possible.

word of mouth

7/03/2016 22:43

19

Female

Kilmore

VIC

I am currently studying in my second year at uni doing a bachelor of social science (youth work). I am, of course, very passionate about the empowerment of young people and believe in the power of peer education. I am, also, very passionate about sex education and would ideally like to incorporate this into my future career as a youth worker. Thank-you :)

social media

7/03/2016 17:05

28

Female

Hawthorn

VIC

I’d love to be a sex educator and mentor to the next generation of Australians so they may mature with awareness, confidence, and a safe environment.

word of mouth

4/03/2016 12:33

24

Female

Success

WA

I am passionate about teaching and education. I have just completed my Masters in Sexology and would love to become a Peer Sex Educator. I love what YEAH stand for and represent. It seems like a group that is passionate and dedicated to education about sex and other issues.

word of mouth

4/03/2016 2:00

25

Female

Coburg

VIC

I truly believe it’s important. The amount of stumbling around and trial-by- error I’ve had to go through with sex, my romantic life, and my sexuality, has been maddening –and I had a relatively GOOD high school sex-ed program. Sex, consent, & everything along with it is such a significant aspect of life (even if you decide it’s not your thing, that’s important too), that I think it should really be treated in the main syllabus as an educational essential. Since it isn’t yet: goooo Redaware, woo!

From a more selfish perspective, I’d like the skills I think the training & experience can give me. And I hear all the Agents are pretty fantastic people, too :)

word of mouth

2/03/2016 23:13

25

Female

Kingsville

VIC

I am passionate about youth health. I am currently studying a Masters of Public Health, and undertake a lot of volunteer work in youth mental health. I enjoy education, public speaking and working with young people.

word of mouth

27/02/2016 18:15

22

Female

Bibra lake

WA

I am interested because I want young people to learn to be comfortable and safe with their sexual health. I think it is a good way to connect with people whilst teaching important facts in an educational but enjoyable way.

school/uni

25/02/2016 16:14

22

Female

Richmond

VIC

I’m incredibly passionate about youth issues, particularly with mental and physical health. I have a positive attitude towards sex and sexuality (am a proud member of the queer community!) and would love to use my leadership abilities to educate, inform and make a difference for youths of all different backgrounds.

I’m a confident leader and would love to assist in programs that can truly benefit people. I whole-heartedly believe that HIV and other STI’s should be de-stigmatised and through education, the rates can decrease. I’d love to be involved in making a difference!

social media

25/02/2016 16:13

23

Female

Croydon

VIC

As a 22 year old, I have only recently started to place importance on sexual health. I don’t feel as though there was enough information available to me in my youth, and strongly believe that formal sexual education in schools is inadequate for the youth of today. This is especially true for LGBTIQ young people. I appreciate that YEAH is an inclusive organisation and I want to contribute to educating people my age who may not feel as well informed as they would like.

word of mouth

25/02/2016 1:18

21

Female

Adelaide

SA

I am thinking about a career in sexual health and possibly education. I am a

wheelchair user and in my own experience sexual health education has left out physically disabled people, this is something I would love to try to rectify. Sexual health is so important but informed, non-judgement education is still a rarity. I would also love to make some new friends.

social media

19/02/2016 19:24

24

Female

Melbourne

VIC

I am interested in spreading awareness about sexual health, contraception and STI as during my time as a medical student I have been shocked by how little so many young people know about these topics, particularly contraception options other than the pill.

word of mouth

18/02/2016 11:30

24

Female

Lane Cove

NSW

I am a registered nurse and it has been a dream of mine to teach people what I didn’t know growing up that I shoud’ve known.

school/uni

15/02/2016 21:15

23

Female

Narre Warren

VIC

Because I believe in being sex positive and encouraging people to look at sex as a positive thing, along with making sure people are being safe and responsible. It’s one way to ensure a happy and healthy community, free of shame and stigma, and it gives a place for the curious and for those who are finding themselves.

community based organisation

5/02/2016 20:49

25

Female

golden bay

WA

I would like to assist in helping people with the right information on how

they can look after themselves. I believe it is important to know the risks within any situation in your life and sexual health is just as important as any other. I have recently started my nursing degree and Murdoch university and am looking for opportunities that I find appealing to increase my knowledge and experience in health related issues.

school/uni

5/02/2016 1:08

22

Female

COBURG

VIC

I am passionately interested in the human body. I have studied anatomy, biomedical science and biological science courses at the University of Newcastle. I’ve tutored/demonstrated in anatomy labs. I intend to use this understanding and appreciation of the mechanisms of the human body to communicate information surrounding sexual health to young people in a way that is accessible and interesting. I believe that Australia’s youth has a right to be informed about their sexual health. I believe that their well-being is more important than our culture’s collective shame around sexuality. I feel it is our responsibility to find ways of making sexual health information accessible and interesting to them, and also to help break the antiquated stigma surrounding that information. I would love to have the opportunity to work with young people, continuing to grow my communication skills and find ways to bring them the information that will empower their lives and choices.

school/uni

4/02/2016 16:38

25

Male

Yeronga

QLD

Safe sex is sexy

school/uni

4/02/2016 13:21

20

Female

Brisbane

QLD

They are an awesome group of people educating others about the importance of sexual health and removing the stigmas attached to all the facets of this issue and I want to be part of that.

school/uni

1/02/2016 19:06

20

Male

Molendinar

QLD

I have a deep interest in health care in both a personal and professional context. Sexual health is an aspect of everyday life that is sadly overlooked in today’s society due to educational and cultural factors. I feel that the biggest obstacle to appropriate sexual health care is education. it would be a massive privilege to have the opportunity to assist in this by educating others.

word of mouth

31/01/2016 20:45

21

Male

Birkdale

QLD

I am really interested in learning more about the scope of sexual health issues and I want to play a role in helping people around me.

school/uni

31/01/2016 12:38

19

Genderqueer

Melbourne

VIC

Sexual health is important and I want to learn more about it and pass that on to others.

event/festival

30/01/2016 15:55

21

Female

Molendinar

QLD

To educate and to help other young people about sexual health and any other strange and/or embarrassing questions that they may have. It’s hella important to clarify misconceptions or urban legends, so to speak, before anyone gets freaky with one another.

school/uni

29/01/2016 11:17

19

Female

St Lucia

QLD

I’d like to be able to spread awareness (and sex positivity) about issues that aren’t talked about enough. :)

school/uni

28/01/2016 20:46

20

Male

St Lucia

QLD

To complement my work with the University of Queensland’s Sexual Health Action Group (UQ SHAG) and to help educate my peers, both at the residential college that I live at and also in the wider university community.

community based organisation

28/01/2016 17:21

19

Male

Forest Lake

QLD

The spread of sexually transmitted diseases is largely due to ones lack of awareness and education about the illnesses and ways to prevent them. Furthermore, there is stigma towards being sexual that often prevents people from being open about their sexuality and ways of being safe. I want to help change that stigma and help create more sex positive people who are aware of the risks with having sex but aslso be open about how to enjoy it safely.

social media,school/uni

28/01/2016 0:05

19

Female

Wellington Point

QLD

I am really passionate about sexual health and educating others on all matters relating to sexual health since sex ed in schools is often not very comprehensive.

school/uni,word of mouth

27/01/2016 16:55

27

Female

Mulgrave

VIC

I have a sincere passion for sexual health and educating people about this (neglected) area of education. I can see a real need for more education relating to sexual health, sexual choices, and openness about sexual health and sexuality. I believe that if we start with young people, we can pave a way to a future which is sexually healthier and less stigmatised, which will in turn infiltrate into other areas of our social, physical, and mental health.

word of mouth

27/01/2016 15:26

20

Female

Wynnum West

QLD

I am a strong sex ed advocate as I did not have much sex ed when I was a teenager and I later discovered through my own research that the little education I had was completely false. I am currently studying at university to become a high school teacher and would like to start volunteering my time to teach some sex ed seminars for the public.

social media

22/01/2016 19:14

25

Female

Rowville

VIC

I want to make a difference. I think there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to sexual health and I want to change that.

word of mouth

20/01/2016 22:01

20

Male

Brisbane

QLD

I volunteer as the Human Resources Director of a youth organisation (UN Youth Queensland), and I’m really interested in getting involved in Red Aware and getting information and training in Sexual Health Issues that I can relay to other volunteers that I work with. I’m also interested in getting Red Aware to run a professional development session on Sexual Health Issues with UN Youth Queensland Volunteers as we run both state and national events that involve residential camps for high-school students, and the information and training Red Aware provides could prove useful if Sexual Health Issues arise at one of our events.

event/festival,social media

20/01/2016 18:23

24

Female

Success

WA

I am planning on being a sexual therapist/counsellor and am currently working on my diploma of counselling. I think being a peer educator will give me more understanding, training and knowledge about how to communicate with youth about sexual issues. I also think this course will help me learn how to talk about issues of sexual health with the wider community and make me a better counsellor in the future.

social media,word of mouth

20/01/2016 17:11

25

Female

St Kilda

VIC

Because I think that sexual health is an incredibly important topic to discuss. With so much misinformation being spread through the internet and through peers it is no wonder that young people end up confused and then at risk. I want to be able to support people to become knowledgable and empowered so that they can make smart choices to stay safe. I look forward to making a difference for young people

event/festival

19/01/2016 20:03

18

Female

High school student

VIC

I am a part of SSP at my school which is something me and two other friends created. Which is Student Support Peers, where we want to help educate students on sex Ed and also mental health etc.i want to be able to help my peers at my school and educate them

word of mouth

19/01/2016 17:01

23

Female

Upper Ferntree Gully

VIC

As a nurse and paramedic, I see a lot of young people who have been adversely effected by a lack of sexual education. As much as I attempt to make a difference in that moment, I believe that a real difference can be made in education. With my previous experience as a VCE tutor, I am comfortable talking to individuals and small groups, ensuring that I make the material relatable and individualised for their needs.

Recently one of my younger sister’s friends reached out to me in relation to a pregnancy scare and I was not only able to help from a medical perspective, but was also able to give her some valuable information in regards to both the physical and emotional aspects of sex. Being able to see this young lady take my advice on board and start practicing safe sex, was extremely fulfilling and I hope that I can continue to make a difference through your organisation.

event/festival,social media

16/01/2016 21:52

20

Female

Camberwell

VIC

I’ve heard a lot of really positive information about the work YEAH does, and peer education seems like a really accessible and less daunting way for people to learn how to be kind to themselves and spread good information.

word of mouth

14/01/2016 16:21

23

Female

Mount Gravatt East

QLD

I believe that sex education is vital for all, and that it is most important to start early.

school/uni

5/01/2016 22:09

27

Female

Mountain Creek

QLD

What a great thing to be apart of! Too many young people (and old) are so uneducated about safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases. I couldn’t think of a better cause to be apart of!

school/uni

29/12/2015 23:27

19

Female

cobram

VIC

To help spread awareness about STIs

word of mouth

21/12/2015 12:46

21

Male

Forest Hill

VIC

I’m very passionate about sexual health and would like to persue a career as a sexual health nurse and I thought this would be a good place to learn

word of mouth

19/12/2015 0:22

24

Male

Inala

QLD

I have a passionate of helping younger people and make a difference in their life.

community based organisation

17/12/2015 19:03

23

Female

Malvern East

VIC

I am a medical student who is passionate about sexual health and public health strategies, and organisations like YEAH do so much to promote education and destigmatisation, which can improve access to healthcare and better emotional outcomes (among many other benefits) for those living with HIV. I also helped out at World AIDS Day in 2014, and want a chance to do more to volunteer now that I’m into a less stressful time in my course. I love chatting to others about things I’m interested in, and think that improving health literacy is one of the most important things we can do for the young people in Australia and around the world!

word of mouth

3/12/2015 18:33

25

Female

Croydon North

VIC

I recently completed my final year of a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion. Sexual Education has been my passion over the past few years and I think it is one of the most important topics youth need to be educated on.

school/uni

3/12/2015 13:41

23

Female

Richmond

VIC

In 2013 I graduated from a Bachelor Degree in Health Promotion, therefore I have studied units in relation to sexual health and I have always taken an interest in sexual health. I have previously volunteered for the Western Australian Aids Council, volunteering as Youth Outreach Worker, where we would educate adolescents on sexual health, much similar to the YEAH organisation concept.
Therefore, I believe that I would be an excellent candidate for a YEAH agent, as I have previous experience within a similar position, and really enjoy working/volunteering within sexual health.

event/festival

2/12/2015 14:13

28

Female

South Brisbane

QLD

As someone with an sti i would love to learn more about sexual health and teach others about how to prevent them.

community based organisation

24/11/2015 17:23

24

Non-conforming

Brunswick East

VIC

Only upon leaving secondary school did I realize how inadequate my school’s sex ed program was, inspiring my desire to learn and share the important knowledge that our schools neglected to inform us. As a queer person, I have in the past felt so in the dark about many aspects of sex, safe sex, identity and relationship that I feel could have been lessened if my school sex ed program had been more thorough, inclusive and informative, and I am passionate to share as much as I can with whoever wants to know.

school/uni

24/11/2015 0:13

20

Female

Albert Park

VIC

As a young person, I know what a big topic sex is over the teenage years, both privately and publicly. I am very passionate about education and schools; I currently work in a primary school and aspire to be a principal or key leader of a school in years to come. Recently a couple of my friends shared with me the horror stories of sexual education at their private schools. “This box is your virginity” is about as far as it got for two of my friends who attended a Catholic girls’ school in Melbourne, while another friend from a highly-esteemed boys’ school was not even ever shown how to apply a condom. Sex Ed is really often just swept under the rug. I think it is incredibly important for young people to be educated thoroughly and openly about all sexual topics ranging from the basics of sexual anatomy to consent and healthy relationships, to variations in sexuality and sexual behaviours, STIs and of course where to seek help. I want to help make this happen.

school/uni

22/11/2015 11:55

21

Female

Parkville

VIC

I would like to become an Agent of YEAH! as I am passionate about sexual education. There needs to be a more transparent dialogue between young people on issues of sexual health however, in order to achieve this, the negative stigma that some young people currently hold towards sexual education needs to be broken down. For this reason, I would like to become an Agent of YEAH! in order to start an open dialogue on sexual wellbeing as I feel that this will make young people more informed about their bodies. This increased agency and independence will lead to a more aware and accepting society. Sex is fun, but it should always be safe.

school/uni

15/11/2015 19:57

27

Female

YARRAVILLE

VIC

I want to be a member of an association. I could pick anyone, but I have always believed, that one day I will be a volunteer for an association as Red Aware. I’m French and participate to some events before as a spectator and donate money to help. unfortunately, I had never taken time to do more. Today, I change a lot about myself and it is what I would like to do on my free time. Promote responsibility, when persons could think fun have no rules, no responsibilities. Unfortunately, I like reading some stories about people who say one bad choice affected all my life! I also believe in this strange fact than in Australia, prevention sounds less present than in France. I don’t know if it’s true, but it also might be the fact I believe in prevention. I’m a proud person, when I ask to someone if he has condoms before to have sex? Or have you done the HIV test with your partners before to have unprotected sexual relations. Prevention is my form of pleasure! Not enough space to write…

word of mouth

15/11/2015 14:41

18

Female

Melbourne

VIC

Sexual health is something that is often stigmatised to talk about openly,

leaving people with misinformed facts and distorted truths regarding the realities of sexual health , and I’d like to help raise awareness and make such topics easier to talk about amongst young poeple

social media

15/11/2015 13:03

22

Female

Manly

NSW

Hi there,
I have just completed a double bachelor of Counselling and Behavioural sciences at the University of Notre Dame. In 2016 I will be undertaking a Masters of Sexology at Curtin University online. Working in the sexual health industry, in particular with young people, is something that I have been completely passionate and motivated in doing with my life.

word of mouth

14/11/2015 20:39

25

Female

West End, Brisbane

QLD

I am very passionate about educating others, especially those (young or old) that are from background where sexual health may be a taboo topic. I would love to become a sexual health educator and Red Aware seems like a great organisation to be a part of.

word of mouth

8/11/2015 13:51

27

Female

Box Hill

VIC

I want to become an agent of YEAH as I am passionate in providing accessible health services to youth and others at most risk of contracting blood borne viruses. I work as a Mobile Drug Safety and NSP Outreach Worker in Melbourne, with a strong interest in health promotion and harm reduction to youth. As youth are the next generation I believe that we have an important right to be informed and able to access health promotion and health services. I have recently completed my Master of Public Health in Sweden and also work for a youth-led network of international young profession in Global Public Health.

event/festival

6/11/2015 14:34

22

Female

Greenvale

VIC

As someone that comes from a Muslim background, I know that many of my friends and relatives have trouble getting access to the correct information surrounding safe sex, particularly because it is a cultural and religious taboo for many people from Middle Eastern/South Asian backgrounds. I want to tackle this head on in a fun and informative way in order to equip my local community with the tools that they need to stay safe themselves and hopefully realise that talking about safe sex does not have to be embarrassing, but is in fact crucial to helping the community develop.

I also run my own tutoring business and we work with kids in high schools, teaching English and also delivering VCE English/Study Skills revision lectures. As a tutor, but also more importantly, a mentor for the students I teach, I get many questions from students about personal issues and sexual health. I would like to use this training to set up stalls and perhaps deliver sexual health lectures at these schools.

community based organisation

3/11/2015 9:11

21

Female

Medowie

NSW

I’m very passionate about sexual health awareness and have been for many years. I’m currently studying social work at uni and I think this would be an incredible opportunity,

word of mouth

2/11/2015 0:00

23

Female

Edwardstown

SA

I believe that better sexual health education will benefit young people throughout their lives. Increasing education reduces stigma and discrimination around sexual health, leading to better overall health of people who are likely to face stigma and discrimination. Additionally, reducing stigma and increasing education leads to earlier interventions of STIs, meaning young people seek treatment sooner, reducing the likelihood of transmission to a sexual partner. What’s so great about the RedAware team is that is uses peer education to pass on important information to youth – not some stuffy old person reading out of a textbook, but someone of a similar age with similar experiences, talking about important things in a way that connects. I want to be part of a change, and RedAware is doing just that.

social media

27/10/2015 15:17

22

Female

Klemzig

SA

I would love to become an agent of YEAH as sexual health is a huge passion of mine. This passion grows the more I hear misconceptions about safe sex from the young people around me. I have also completed some research on sexual health for my uni course and was overwhelmed by the cases of discrimination towards different genders and sexualities. It also surprised me how much of sex education in Australia and other parts of the world have a purely heterosexual focus. These are aspects of sexual health that I would love to work on by providing appropriate knowledge to young people so they are as prepared as they can be to make informed decisions.

school/uni

26/10/2015 22:53

21

Female

Underdale

SA

I grew up without adequate Sex Education and it impacted my life in many different ways. In 2014, I contracted chlamydia from a partner and dealt with feelings of guilt and shame because of it. I would like to become an Agent of YEAH so I can provide honest, transparent Sex Education to young people and prevent what happened to me happening to anyone else. I want to be involved in making the world a safer place where sex and STI’s are loudly and proudly spoken about and I believe I can achieve this with YEAH. I want to reduce stigma, increase knowledge and encourage peers to be safe with their bodies and with others.

event/festival

25/10/2015 22:25

21

Female

Blackburn

VIC

I was taught very little about safe and consensual sex as a teen, and I had to come to terms with my sexuality late and with many bumps in the road. I passionately believe that sex needs to be talked about by young people in an open and fun way (especially in high school when most kids are embarrassed to hear about it from their teachers). I want to contribute to this conversation by becoming a sex educator.

school/uni,word of mouth

22/10/2015 11:53

25

Female

East Malvern

VIC

This is such an important topic, I want to help share information with my peers

word of mouth

20/10/2015 16:42

23

Female

Northcote

VIC

I have a 13 year old sister and 17 year old brother and after having conversations with them in the past, I realised how little knowledge they had in relation to STIs and sexual health. When I was younger, the Healthy Harold van was one of my favourite things to happen in primary school. At the begging of the year, I spoke to a large range of people in relation to starting a Healthy Harold ‘van’ but for young teens.. being able to go to high schools around Australia and give a presentation about sexual health. However it turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought. I recently found out about Red Aware and it’s almost everything I set out to try and do in January. I would love to learn more about the organisation and help young people out with these kinds of issues. When I was younger, I really could have benefited a lot from a program like this and I feel that it really can make a difference.

word of mouth

20/10/2015 15:41

20

Female

Camberwell

VIC

I would like to become an Agent of YEAH because I agree wholeheartedly with Red Aware’s mission to educate and empower young Australians. Being able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for young people to discuss their health and relationships, as well as giving them access to the resources that Red Aware has to offer, would be an incredible skill. I would aim to use this knowledge to help them through any problems they may be facing, as well as use it both to help Red Aware convey important information about preventing the spread of STIs and HIV and also to help my peers with any issues they have regarding consent and sexual health. Red Aware is incredible in its standard of thoughtful, non- judgmental education- I would love to be part of an organisation that provides support to young Australians regardless of their gender, sexuality or race.

social media

18/10/2015 16:04

22

Female

Taringa

QLD

Over the course of my medical degree I have taken a keen interest to public health matters, and how I can help on the preventative medicine front. I believe that it is so important for everyone to have access to information so that they can make wise decisions that will impact on their future. Without access to this education, it is not difficult for people to make the wrong decisions, which can have severe consequences, that would otherwise have been avoided. Having an opportunity to make people feel comfortable about their sexuality, and make informed decisions about their sexual health is a reward in itself.

social media,word of mouth

14/10/2015 13:55

20

Female

Deerpark

VIC

i want to become an Agent of YEAH because i want to get more involved in

the community, and i believe that this is one of the ways where I’m able to be involved and have an enjoyable time as well. On top of that, i also have an interest in Sexual Health, i find it really interesting and would love to learn more about it. By being a peer educator, I’m not only able to educate others but i also educate myself. Which is an important factor, hopefully throughout

school/uni

14/10/2015 7:55

22

Female

Carindale

QLD

Recently, I attended the AMSA National Leadership Development Seminar, where I was luck enough to hear about YEAH. Sex education is severely lacking in Queensland, and I want to help the community around me understand the importance of keeping healthy EVERYWHERE. Currently, the general population’s misunderstanding of health and wellbeing is not up to scratch, with the absence of adequate health literacy being evident. I want to make a difference, however small it may be, to empower them to manage their own health.

community based organisation,school/uni

14/10/2015 0:02

25

Female

South Perth

WA

I am a medical student moving to Kununurra (a small rural town in the East Kimberley) for 1 year in 2016 as part of my studies. I will be working with the local high school to try and implement projects or activities that promote positive health. I would really like to upskill in providing empowering sexual health messages. I don’t know whether the YEAH program would be implementable in this setting as I will be by myself rather than with a team of people, but if there is a training session of some kind I would love to attend!

event/festival

13/10/2015 15:09

26

Female

Greensborou gh

VIC

Because I would eventually like to do something similar, provide sex ed for teenagers, in the Philippines

school/uni

11/10/2015 12:06

20

Male

Broadview

SA

Sexual Health and Education is something I am incredibly passionate about, and something I’ve written extensively on at adramaticopnion.com, but my writing was purely research based. I am not trained in this but would love to be as I feel I can actually make a difference.

word of mouth

8/10/2015 17:33

21

Female

Kingsbury

VIC

I believe sexual health is very important, and needs more recognition. I would like to help in the education of sexual health at my university, which is why we have created a sexual health society at Latrobe Bundoora. I believe becoming an Agent of YEAH would give me more information and training to help me become a better educator.

school/uni,word of mouth

8/10/2015 14:47

18

Female

Geraldton and Onslow

WA

I live in both Geraldton (as a boarder) and Onslow. In onslow there are many youth, especially indigenous, having unsafe sex purely because they are uneducated or don’t have access to the resources. In Geraldton, people really don’t seem to be aware of HIV/AIDS and think it won’t happen to them, or are too ashamed to buy condoms. If I were to become a youth ambassador, I would be able to reach out to my peers, my school, my work, volunteers, the community and most likely get the whole boarding house involved so they could reach out to the people back home in their towns and also their different schools in Geraldton. Youth listen to each other, so what better way to spread the message than to have youth teaching youth?

word of mouth

7/10/2015 5:16

20

Male

Carlton

VIC

I want to become a peer educator because I want to create awareness about sexual health to students in Melbourne, especially those who come from all around the world.

social media,word of mouth

5/10/2015 14:10

20

Female

3149

VIC

After travelling to various developing countries and seeing just how extreme the impacts of such a crippling illness such as HIV/AIDS and other sexual health related illnesses can have on people, I realised that the extreme lack of education and awareness – not only in those countries – but in Australia it self is playing a huge contributing role. By educating the youth of today, of which majority of sexual related illness is subject to, it would not only create awareness about the issue but will reduce the risk of contracting the disease. Through facilitation of programs for youth by youth, not only is the message being communicated at a level that is understood and taken on board but it also creates a ripple effect, where if people are having that conversation with professionals they become more comfortable having it with their peers, thus spreading the message of YEAH.

school/uni,word of mouth

3/10/2015 22:23

22

Female

North Balwyn

VIC

All teenagers deserve evidence-based, interactive education about sexual health and the knowledge that sex should be safe, consensual and fun! As a medical student I am passionate about the health of all young people and I believe education is a powerful tool in overcoming the preventable transmission of STI’s and decreasing the number of unwanted pregnancies while promoting positive, empowering messages regarding sexuality. Young people want sexual health information that is relevant, helpful and honest and through YEAH I would love to contribute to young people’s education as well inspire and promote positive attitudes regarding sexual health. Becoming an agent of YEAH is also an amazing opportunity for me to develop skills in working with adolescents, education and connect with like-minded young people working towards a common goal.

school/uni

2/10/2015 22:25

24

Female

Parkside

SA

Given that I am currently in the early stages of a PhD in the area of sexual health (school of psychology, it’s safe to say that I am passionate about sexual and reproductive health. Volunteering with YEAH will be a wonderful opportunity that taps into my existing knowledge and helps me to develop and gain more skills in the area!

My long term plan is to complete both this PhD and a master in health psychology, going on to work in the area of sexual health at both individual (i.e. applied practice) and population based levels (i.e., policy, research). I am also very interested in improving the professional education of health care providers in the area of sexual and reproductive health.

word of mouth

30/09/2015 21:38

25

Trans Woman

Darlington

SA

I am passionate about positive and informative sex education and am aiming to work professionally in it once I finish my social work degree. I am also interested in ensuring that sex ed around gender is represented fairly and positively.

social media,word of mouth

30/09/2015 14:38

26

Female

Brunswick

VIC

I am a medical student from Germany in Australia for one to two years. I pIan to specialize as Gynecologist and I am passionate about sexual health and sexual reproductive health, especially about educating people about it. I have been working in a similar project in Germany (“MIt Sicherheits verliebt”), where we held workshop in schools. I would love continue working and volunteering in this field in Australia.

word of mouth

29/09/2015 23:38

22

Female

Brunswick West

VIC

After completing a peer education subject in high school that covered sexual health, I have always wanted to continue learning about and teaching sexual health to others, especially youth. As a young person, I also think it’s important for young people like myself to receive accurate information to make informed decisions about sex and relationships. Therefore becoming an Agent of YEAH would help me promote these goals, and assisting with YEAH would be very meaningful.

word of mouth

29/09/2015 21:25

30

Female

Elwood

VIC

I’m a qualified secondary school teacher, and I am very passionate about promoting health amongst my student. I believe that as an Agent of YEAH I would have the capacity to teach young people the importance of proper sexual health. In doing so, I hope to empower to students to make the best possible decision for themselves.

social media

29/09/2015 5:45

22

Female

gladstone

QLD

I have a strong interest in sexual Health and would love to have more in depth knowledge about it.

social media

23/09/2015 15:30

19

Female

Oakleigh

VIC

I am passionate about the health of others, I have studied Health and Human development and realised so many people are affected and lives completely changed by something which can be prevented. I believe education is key and that everyone has the right to education in order for them to lead healthy and safe lives. I want to be able to provide this for people. I think people will do what they want to do, and we should just help to ensure they go about it in the safest way.

word of mouth

20/09/2015 20:59

22

Female

Glen Osmond

SA

I want to help break down the social stigma surrounding STIs – let’s create a healthy discourse around this “taboo” topic, discuss prevention, and what actually happens if STIs become a part of your reality.

social media

18/09/2015 18:01

21

Male

Upper Mount Gravatt

QLD

I am interested in sexual health and biology and would like to help other youths be more informed.

word of mouth

16/09/2015 20:50

24

Female

Tamworth

NSW

I have just heard about YEAH at the Australian Medical Student Associations National Leadership Development Seminar. I am a fourth year medical student aspiring to become further involved in the sexual education of young people and to ensure that all young people have safe sexual experiences. I also recently undertook a 2 month placement in Tanzania where HIV/AIDS was rife and destroying families and children before they even have a chance to live and I dream of a place where HIV/AIDS is eradicated from the world.

I am incredibly interested in becoming involved.

word of mouth

15/09/2015 13:07

28

Gender fluid

Chisholm

ACT

I want to be a peer educator.
I’ve been involved in the LGBTQI community, the BDSM/kink community, the polyamorous community, the festival circuit, as well as participating in a lot of sex-positive workshops and self education, since I was a teen.

My anecdotal experience has led me to the opinion that there is not enough sex-positive, open dialogue about sexual safety among the newest generations. And that there is not enough accurate and easily accessible education available for those who are sexually active, but who keep their sex lives private to avoid stigma and judgement.
I have two teen sisters who I am very close to. They are 16 and 17 years old. They and their friends face the same problems: a lack of open dialogue, a lack of sex-positive community, a lack of open forums where they can have a voice, ask the tough questions and get accurate answers, a gap that needs to be filled by non-judgmental education by people they feel comfortable talking to. I want to help.

word of mouth

10/09/2015 12:27

23

Female

Melbourne

VIC

The rates of STIs amongst Australian teenagers is rising. The burden on the health care system and the community is therefore also increasing. Many of the common STIs are easily prevented given that the susceptible population is educated and aware about STIs. Being enrolled in the Master of Public Health at Melbourne University and undertaking adolescent sexual health and sexually transmitted infection subjects has equipped me with the knowledge to help decrease the rising rates of STIs. YEAH will give me an opportunity to apply this theoretical knowledge in practice.

word of mouth

7/09/2015 21:37

21

Female

Frenchs Forest

NSW

I am extremely invested in having a nationwide conversation about sexual health and sexual diversity free from taboo and biased influences. Having gone through high school and having had very basic sex education which was extremely heteronormative and not very sex positive, I’m eager to help change the way young people are taught about sex to help them lead safe, positive and informed sex lives. Young people are going to have sex, regardless of what they’re told, and I believe it is so important to encourage them to be informed about what sex actually means and how

event/festival,social media

4/09/2015 20:40

19

Female

Mungindi

NSW

I want to become an Agent of YEAH because I believe that young people have a right to know about safe sex and sex education and I personally would live the opportunity to educate people about the subject. Sex education has always been a passion of mine and I have always wanted to spread such important information to others my age that may not know much about it. I live in a small rural town where knowledge about the topic and I would like the chance to bring this to this town.

word of mouth

4/09/2015 13:38

25

Male

Sydney

NSW

I am already a youth advocate for HIV and STIs. I feel being a part of Red Aware I can really have a huge impact. I am 24 and an ambassador for the ENUF Campaign.

community based organisation

31/08/2015 13:44

17

Female

Boxhill,South

VIC

I am very interested in this topic and have been thinking about this for ages. One of the main reasons I would like to join and show awareness about this would be due to all the struggles and experiences I read and heard through news articles and stuff. From looking at all this articles my eyes are opened and I still know that I have a lot more to learn due the fact, that you can’t expose and talk about everything through news or through one hour sessions in school. Let’s say if this isn’t to show awareness to other people, I would still like to be educated about it for self study. I know not many people like to talk about it and dismiss all of this but I would like to be educated and not deprive myself from liviing later. Sex plays a main role in our society and I believe we should make people aware of it and make changes to make it less complicated. Not everyone wants to be paranoid about everything when they have sex. I would rather let them know about it.

community based organisation,word of mouth

30/08/2015 0:23

25

Female

Brunswick

VIC

a sex-positive attitude while educating young people about sexual health so they can make informed decisions about what they do with their bodies. I have a degree in Gender, Sexuality and Diversity studies, and I particularly like how YEAH always tries to be inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

I am currently pursuing a career in youth work. I am currently studying a Diploma of Community Services and am completing my first year work placement at Lighthouse Foundation, which is an organisation that works with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who have very often experienced sexual abuse. I think that my existing knowledge and skills would complement the Agents of YEAH program, and that it would provide me with a great opportunity to expand upon and further develop these skills, as well as invaluable hands-on experience.

word of mouth

27/08/2015 22:25

29

Female

Brunswick

VIC

I’m passionate about sexual health and education in general. I’m currently considering a Masters in Public Health with a sex ed focus and would like to get started working with and for orgs in the field.

word of mouth

27/08/2015 6:37

20

Female

Victoria Park

WA

Sex education is paramount to any society; it aids in producing a mentally and physically healthy community especially with respect to decreasing the occurrences of sexually transmitted diseases and for helping people develop a balanced perception of sex outside of common convention.

Being a student my final year of a Bachelor of Science with a major in microbiology I believe my background in the health sciences (particularly infectious diseases) as well as my age equips me in part, to help educate others who have not had the same opportunities or experiences I have. Furthermore, I believe I can also learn a lot from this experience and hope to also give back to the community.

school/uni

24/08/2015 5:33

22

Female

Werribee

VIC

To help raise awareness in youth about Safe Sex.

social media

23/08/2015 20:54

21

Female

willetton

WA

As a student of UWA studying microbiology and infectious diseases, I want to expand my knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases. I would then want to share my gained knowledge with other peers, knowing that education is a powerful tool for change. I feel that by becoming an Agent of YEAH, this would be a great opportunity for me to meet new people and gain a new perspective on the importance of sexual heath.

school/uni

20/08/2015 9:00

21

Female

Coomera

QLD

I am currently studying my ‘Bachelor of Public Health in Health Promotion and Public Health Nutrition’ at Griffith University. I’m just finishing off my second year, and next year will be my third and final year. I have a passion for health promotion and my interests lie in the area of sexual health. I came across Red Aware whilst researching for a social marketing campaign, and I am very taken by the fact the organisation is youth led. I think this organisation can make a real difference to the attitudes towards sexual health in todays society and I would love to be apart of it. I have done previously health promotion work with the Griffith School of Medicine in the area of children’s nutrition and I know that this is something I enjoy doing.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Thanks

event/festival,school/uni

18/08/2015 23:25

I would like to become an Agent of YEAH as I am passionate about promoting

19

Female

Mosman Park

WA

I am interested in educating other young people about sexual health, and would love to gain the skills to deliver workshops and promote sexual health information within the local community on such a rising issue in terms of importance and relevance, especially to today’s youth! I think its important to let others know about sex-related issues, from STIs to contraception to visiting your doctor and getting checked up and would love to be a part of a program, that discusses the stigma associated with this, as I realise all the potential effects this can have in the long term. Its great to be able to make a positive difference, especially dealing with people in similar ages groups.

school/uni

18/08/2015 17:44

23

Female

Crawley

WA

I am currently taking Master in Biomedical Science at UWA and this will help me to broaden my knowledge and allow me to practice what I’ve learned in my course to help people to understand more about this disease as well as gaining experience. I feel it is important to keep people informed about this to lower the number of cases of STI among teenagers.

school/uni,word of mouth

17/08/2015 20:22

27

Female

subiaco

WA

as i have done bachelor in dental surgery and now enrolled in UWA for masters in public health , this will give me opportunity to enhance my knowledge and also i can help many people by sharing my knowledge. earlier also i have done work in oral health campaign.and i think this is really important and good effort by which we can bring awareness in our society.

school/uni

17/08/2015 20:21

24

Female

Booragoon

WA

I hope to assist young people navigating through issues of sex and sexuality. In the future I would like to work in sexual health education and policy. By becoming an agent of YEAH I can begin to work towards these goals and gain further knowledge of the difficulties that young people are facing.

school/uni

17/08/2015 14:11

25

Female

Richmond

VIC

I’m passionate about sexual health and educating and helping others to make healthier decisions and encourage more positive outlooks and outcomes. I’m currently working in education, and have previously worked with a wide variety of individuals, from children to adults, from countries all over the world. I’d like to combine my interest in helping others with a topic I care deeply about. Additionally, I’m hoping to begin studying for a Master’s of Public Health in 2016, and I feel working with YEAH could help me become a more well-rounded student and educator. I’m enthusiastic, energetic, hardworking, and positive, and I feel this could be a real attribute to YEAH and helping YEAH to spread its message.

event/festival,school/uni

17/08/2015 12:43

25

Female

Brisbane

QLD

I am passionate about the necessity and positive effects informed sexual health education can have on young peoples lives and believe it is the most effective way to reduce the transmission of HIV, STIs, and harmful misinformatio.n

social media

16/08/2015 17:35

22

Female

Sorrento

WA

It’s important for teenagers to know they’re not ‘freaks’ and be confident with themselves. To help them be healthy, too.

school/uni

15/08/2015 14:38

21

Female

Mosman Park

WA

In high school I was only ever taught about these sorts of issues from sports teachers. It was the sort of environment where my classmates didn’t take the issues raised seriously and was sort of glossed over. By having outside people come in to talk to young people, I believe it will send a different message where they will not only be able to understand but even take in the information. By being part of this organisation, I feel I would have been able to make a difference in a young person’s decisions and health. By informing and trying to help a young person make right decisions would be incredibly rewarding.

school/uni

14/08/2015 15:07

24

Female

Wellington Point

QLD

I never received sex ed and sex talk was always taboo when I was growing up. I think sex ed should start at a young age so that teenagers are prepared and comfortable to ask questions about sex and sexuality.

school/uni

11/08/2015 17:40

20

Female

Freshwater

NSW

Ultimately, I am of the opinion that we could could solve crucial social issues with better sex-ed, and I want to be part of this movement. I study Arts/Law at the University of NSW, which enables me to interact with highly-intelligent young people, yet I’m overwhelmed by how little my peers know about sexual health. I feel strongly about the necessity of positive, inclusive and honest sexual education. The way our education system approaches sex-ed appears archaic and inadequate, when students are much more likely to need accurate information about sex then they are about chemistry or maths. I think I could teach my peers what they need to know about sexual health in a way that is comprehensive, diverse, realistic and open-minded, and focus on more than just biology, but gender equality, sexuality, consent, emotions, masturbation and body positivity, and if kids are going to miss out on this vital information at school, I’d be honoured to teach them myself.

social media

11/08/2015 15:36

24

Female

Willetton

WA

I am a first year international student, studying the masters of public health in UWA. I am very interested in the field of health promotion. If I am successful in this role, I would like to help spread awareness of HIV and STIs and gain valuable learning experience from the whole program.

event/festival,social media

10/08/2015 1:22

22

Female

Crawley

VIC

Sometimes it scares me how little knowledge others have on the implications and dangers of STDS. Many are unaware that not all of them show symptoms that are visible. I find this to be extremely dangerous as they can put others at risk. I think it is important to educate everybody, especially the youth, on safe sex. I would like to become a member of a cause that is so vital in today’s society so that I help myself and others be at less of a risk.

school/uni

10/08/2015 0:50

27

Female

Wembley

WA

I am a Masters student studying Infectious diseases in the University of Western Australia and I also have a clinical background of interacting with teenagers with sexually transmitted diseases. I really want to do my best in trying to promote the significance and the effects of these diseases among the youngsters. I learn about prevention and the importance of teaching public the effects of diseases, as a form of stopping the diseases in the first place. And I feel it is time I do my best to contribute to the society.

community based organisation,school/uni

9/08/2015 0:41

28

Female

Seddon

VIC

I have a passion for youth self-advocacy, particularly around sexual health. I want all young people to have access to accurate information about STIs and developing healthy sexual relationships

school/uni

8/08/2015 17:42

26

Female

Healesville

VIC

I have recently graduate from university in Social Work. I completed my Honours paper explore Sexual Health Education in Victoria. The programs that are currently being delivered are out of date and are negatively impacting of young people by creating fear and marginalized groups.

Sexual health education is power. Power for young people to make informed decisions and to feel accepted and belonging in society.

I would love to be involved in any way, to remove the myths, stigma and discrimination. To get the real facts out there.

social media

6/08/2015 11:48

26

Female

Doncaster East

VIC

I am a social worker that is passionate about sexual and reproductive health and facilitation/group work and would love to opportunity to work alongside an organisation that advocate core beliefs and values of mine

community based organisation

4/08/2015 22:29

23

Female

Mount Lawley

WA

Amazing opportunity to use my continuing science degree at UWA to help my peers with sexual health education. I believe I will be able to spread my current and future knowledge to young people around Perth. I will also love to make some new friends also volunteering with this organisation.

school/uni

3/08/2015 22:57

25

Female

Carine

WA

It sounds like a great experience to be part of a team promoting a positive message to young people. Although information about sexual health is extremely important many people may avoid the issue (i.e. appointments and other responsibilities) due to reasons such as stigma. I feel that if discussions regarding sexual health became more normalised, people would be encouraged to seek help or treatment with their concerns. People should not feel negative about discussing their sexual health issues, therefore making information more accessible and available in popular locations (i.e. schools and events) sounds like a great approach. I would love to be a part of a team working together against such an important social issue.

school/uni

3/08/2015 18:53

20

Female

Canning Vale

WA

I’d love to be part of an organization who hopes to spread the knowledge for an issue that affects such a large percentage of people my age. Even though sexual health is discussed to a certain extent in High School, I feel that there isn’t enough emphasis in the topic to truly hit home its importance. There are also those who are afraid to learn more about it either because they feel uncomfortable about the topic or believe that it won’t happen to them. I’d love to be able to help change this mindset and make the practice of looking after your sexual health a positive and normal thing to do.

social media,school/uni

3/08/2015 18:46

23

Male

Crawley

WA

I would love to become an Agent of Yeah because I want young teens to enjoy safe sex as well as prevent AIDS.In my opinion,there are two sides to sex.One side of sex is that sex is enjoyable and studies show that sex can actually increase partner’s relationship and brain function.However,if you misused sex(i.e you do not use safety protection or have sex with stranger),you are potentially facing the risk of HIV which is incurable.Therefore,I want to show that the teenager can enjoy healthy sex with sufficient protection and also show them the risk of sex without protection.When teenager have sufficient knowledge about sex and sex protection,they will enjoy sex with ease in their mind and not making decision that will make them regret for the lifetime.

school/uni

3/08/2015 17:18

28

Female

Highgate

WA

I want to help change societies attitude towards sexually transmitted

infections and be a part of a discrimination free community. Being an Agent of YEAH would also expand my own knowledge and peer education skills – which would be wonderful!

community based organisation,school/uni

3/08/2015 15:41

27

Male

rivervale

WA

I believe that information is power, and that the youths and young people are leaders of tomorrow, therefore, helping to provide them with adequate information regarding sexually transmitted diseases can go a long way to saving lives and helping them achieve their future dreams. I am passionate about this and want to contribute in my own little way.

social media,school/uni

3/08/2015 13:01

20

Female

Leeming

WA

I am passionate about raising awareness, putting forth prevention methods, conquering and supporting people with HIV/AIDS.

school/uni

31/07/2015 2:02

23

Female

Bentleigh

VIC

I’m passionate about safe sex, better sex education, learning more about gender, sexuality, and relationships. I’m also an admin on La Trobe’s version of SexSpace, and find I learn more as time goes on. I believe there should not so much stigma around sex work. I also think people need more education not just around the different types of contraception, but also on where to go for contraception, STI testing, and any other resources that are available so freely, but not well known.

social media,word of mouth

29/07/2015 19:35

24

Female

Brighton

VIC

I am currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Melbourne, and would love to consolidate my study with practical experience. I enjoy working with young people in particular, and have held various mentoring roles in the past which have been very rewarding. In addition to this, I am passionate about sexual health and ensuring that young people feel informed and safe in their decisions.

social media

27/07/2015 12:23

27

Female

Cheltenham

VIC

I come from a country that topics around sex are considered as taboo, and sex education is under-developed. I’d like to see how sex education is delivered here and hopefully make a little change in my hometown later on.

event/festival,social media

25/07/2015 18:10

20

Male

Carlton

VIC

I would like to appreciate and understand the more about HIV as there is a lot of stigma and discrimination back in my home country. It is great to see how Red Aware is breaking those barriers.

event/festival,school/uni

24/07/2015 18:54

26

Female

East Kew

VIC

I completed a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Health Science at the beginning of 2013 at Monash University. I am extremely passionate about raising awareness regarding any form of youth health and would be excited to be apart of Red Aware’s campaign.

event/festival,word of mouth

23/07/2015 17:43

20

Female

Aberfeldie

VIC

In year nine I was lucky enough to have a very thorough and honest sex education, and it was just about the only time I enjoyed science class. Since the day a sex educator came to our school to give us the condom-on-banana lesson and frankly discussed issues of consent, I have always had the prospect of working in sex education in the back of my mind. Now that I’m a first year uni student (BA at The University of Melbourne) I have seriously considered this in the past few months, but haven’t had much of an idea how to get into this field. So when I saw the Melbourne Uni Women’s Facebook page post about registering to become an agent of YEAH, it felt utterly stupid to pass up such an opportunity. I love having open discussions about sex with my friends as I am a passionate believer that openness about sex will help everyone, particularly young people, educate themselves and feel normal and comfortable with their sexual lives. I’d be in this to learn and in this to share. Thank-you

school/uni

21/07/2015 0:42

22

Female

Greensborou gh

VIC

I am super passionate about all things public health and preventative measures, and would love to get involved in this area! I am a current Health Science university student, and one day want to work within health promotion or a closely related discipline. This would be a great opportunity for me to gain experience, work in my key interest area and meet like

social media

20/07/2015 13:50

21

Female

Toongabbie

NSW

I want to become an Agent of YEAH because sexual health is such an integral part of a person’s wellbeing yet it is still highly stigmatised in our society. I would love to be able to empower young individuals to make informed decisions about their sexual health.

social media

16/07/2015 0:21

21

Female

Glen Iris

VIC

Sex is a big taboo in many societies and Australia is not the exception. As a multicultural country, its roots come from every part of the world, born australians, citizen australians, immigrant australians, and others, beliefs and morals get mixed. One of them is the importance of safe sex and the education of it. I believe by helping and becoming a YEAH agent to spread the word, teaching and discussing with other people freely about sex, the different diseases you can get if you are not protected and how to prevent it ,people will be not only more informed but also will be more comfortable when talking about it, because as I said before the taboo around it many times young adults specially are afraid of talking with their friends or elder relatives and even professionals for fear of judgement and repercussion. I want to be able to help people to understand that this topic should not be banned but instead be actively spoken, for a better and a healthy future.

word of mouth

10/07/2015 16:32

22

Male

Frankston

VIC

I love working with people and it would be a pleasure for me to shed some light on myths and misconceptions about HIVand STIs among other things. I love being a mentor and helping youth.

social media,community based organisation

10/07/2015 16:22

28

Female

South Melbourne

VIC

Yeah’s values aligns with my own. I want to advocate for safe sex and prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. I believe in open discussion about sexual issues rather than labelling them as ‘taboo’. I want women and young ladies to be aware of their options when in comes to their sexual lives.

school/uni

10/07/2015 15:05

20

Female

Sunbury 3429

VIC

The way sex ed is taught today comes with so many prejudices, misconceptions, and stigma that as a young person it’s difficult to ever feel comfortable having an open conversation about sexual health, seeking advice and treatment for things such as STIs, etc. It’s important to me that these misconceptions and prejudices are corrected and approached with a more positive, open attitude, so that people can have an overall better knowledge of and healthier relationship with their own sexuality and sexual health – providing access to answering questions tat are otherwise met with discomfort and misinformation

school/uni

6/07/2015 11:43

30

Female

Mill Park

VIC

If I can be a part of a HIV and sexual health awareness team to help open up the eyes of people I will be honoured.

I understand majority of young people are not aware about prevention and treatments and lack of awareness about HIV leads to discrimination.
So I would like to be a part of your team If I have the opportunity.

school/uni

6/07/2015 2:43

26

Male

Maribyrnong

VIC

I am an Indian by origin and have witnessed first hand, the lack of sexual awareness and health concerns in my country and other under developed / developing countries.

I would like to change that and help promote sexual health and safe sex practices,

that help reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and make sexual intercourse safer.
Also, not to sound cynical but the earth’s population is increasing at an enormous exponential rate, and promoting safe sex could help try reduce that number .

event/festival,social media

4/07/2015 16:02

22

Female

Willetton

WA

I think correct sexual health and awareness is important for people my age (21 years) older or younger! People like myself can bring awareness to the community as agents of YEAH. I have a particular interest in social welfare and community based projects. I am a psychology and law student who believes that I can contribute and benefit to helping facilitate YEAH and its causes. I hope to do a Masters in Sexology after completion of my undergraduate degree and believe that this would be a good step forward to gaining some hands on voluntary work experience! I can be contacted for further information about myself and if you believe that I would make a suitable candidate as a YEAH agent :) Thank you!

school/uni

2/07/2015 1:43

26

Female

Parkville

VIC

I am an asexual and I have struggled a lot to figure that out due to the lack of healthy conversations and discussion about sex. I want to improve my sexual health knowlegde and the skills to help spreading awareness to other young people.

social media

1/07/2015 23:32

23

Female

Melbourne

VIC

Everyone thinks that they can’t be the “one ” to contract STIs. This results in many devastating consequences; clamydia, HIV, gonorrhoea , herpes, etc the list is just endless. In fact, if people especially young adults are properly given the information about the dire outcomes of unsafe sex, the statistics of people getting the diseases will definitely decreases. I believe educating people on the topic is the best prevention.

Moreover, most people who get STIs are under the influence of stigma and I want to eradicate this behaviour towards sexually transmitted diseases. After all, STI sufferers are patients and they should be treated and not be shamed or discriminated. The stigma is drastically impacting their lives and thus increasing the transmissions. Therefore, I want to be part of the team to prevent contracting STIs and help those with STIs by eduacting them and contribute my time and work.

social media

1/07/2015 18:17

21

Male

Clayton

VIC

The issue of HIV and other STIs is gaining much importance in today’s age

given the increasing involvement of young individuals towards this matter and not enough awareness among them. I believe that spreading awareness through these programs can bring about a great change in the overall environment and enable many individuals to lead a better and safer lifestyle. The program is a good cause and involves an issue which is very important nowadays, which makes me want to be a part of it and put in my efforts so as to give back to the community. After all, this is one of the basic yet fundamental duties of a good samaritan.

social media,community based organisation

1/07/2015 13:38