The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) Young Leaders Project is inviting groups of young people to apply for small grants to create and deliver their own sex and relationship education projects. The grants are to educate their friends and the wider community on issues relating to sexually transmitted infections, sexual health and HIV.
THT is looking for 13-19 year olds in the South West, Including the Wiltshire, Bristol and Somerset areas to get involved. Each area has a board of twelve young people who work on the grant giving scheme and will allocate the funds for sex and relationship education (SRE) projects. The aim is for young people to educate their peers so all the projects funded will be created and run by other teenagers.
Gareth Davies, Young Leaders Project Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) said: “We are inviting young people to come up with innovative and creative ideas about how to educate their friends. If we like your idea then we’ll give you some money to put it into practice. All you need to do is get together with your youth club, school or other organisation to develop the idea and make an application.”
Gareth added : “The UK has the worst sexual health in Western Europe so the Young Leaders project which is run by young people, for young people, aims to make a real difference. This is a chance for young people to shape the way their peers learn about sex and relationships, which is a major part of everyone’s life. If you’re interested in getting involved, please download an application pack and find out what it’s all about!”
The sex and relationships education projects can involve issues such as Sexually Transmitted Infections, Contraception, Safer Sex and risk taking and Managing emotional relationships
As well as increasing knowledge on sexual health, the project will help young people develop the skills to make informed and healthy decisions around relationships and sex. It will also build their vocational and project management skills