Staff and Volunteers:What types of human resources are required to delivery your program? Do you utilize the help of volunteers or other staff? How to you train these people?Formal evaluation:How have you evaluated your program?What did you learn from your evaluation?
Program adaptation:Have you ever adapted your program? How have you adapted it?Barriers, challengesWhat are the key challenges you face in delivering this program effectively?What are the key lessons that you have learned that would be useful for someone else who was tasked with delivering this program?And finally…if I was to do this program over again, I would….XXX, XXX and XXX.
Program Rollout and Delivery (the HOW)General questions to help you reflect on your work:What do you do?What is your involvement in the program?What happens in the program? How do you do it?How do you prepare for it?Why do you do this? (i.e. Why did you think that seven workshops was the right number?)
Engaging young people who use drugs in developing youthfriendly harm reduction programs Yamina Sara ChekrounUS International Working Group Representative, Youth RISE International AIDS Conference – July 22nd 2012
TRIP! was founded in 1995, bypartiers, for partiers!
What do wedo? Bag and Booth Harm Reduction Outreach Festivals Advocacy Blogging & Social Media Creation of New Literature Multimedia Design Volunteer Trainings & Workshops
Who We Serve The majority of youth respondents (46.2%) are under 19, with triple the rates of drug use of general youth population 44% of TRIP! respondents identified as LGBTQ (33% bi-sexual, 8.8% gay and 3% identifying as transgendered) 9% of TRIP! respondents identifying as homeless, under housed or transient 71.3% identified their use as casual/non-problematic 70% first trying drugs between ages 12-16, with the average age being 13 43% of survey respondents indicated they experience negative
Why is TRIP! important?Research shows that, next to the internet, TRIP! is the most trusted source of information on drugs, sex and high-risk activities; while schools,
Outcomes for Volunteers Better knowledge about the safer drug use (98%) Better knowledge about safer sex (80%) Access to Safer Use Kits(43%) Building a sense of community – caring for each other (78%) Referrals to other supports and services (55%) Work experience and connections to employment possibilities (35%)
Emerging Challenges 47% of TRIP! Youth surveyed reported having unprotected sex, with 24% reporting having sex with multiple partners 21% of youth drug users reported sharing straws 9% identified as injection drug users , with 3% saying that they planned to try it in the near future
Our Approach We can never stop the use of drugs, but we CAN keep people safe Drug use is a health issue, not a legal one Non-judgmental education approach based on facts, not opinions/morals Providing information (for and by youth drug users) so that users can make their own informed choices
Conclusions Harm reduction peer education is an effective strategy for preventing harms related to drug use By engaging youth in a innovate harm reduction program such as the TRIP! Project, we allow them to have conversations about HIV prevention, safer sex while reducing the harms associated with drugs. It is imperative that governments & policy makers work to support harm reduction programs that reach young people who use drugs, not just abstinence campaigns that too often
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