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YEP Crew Blog Post – Aksh Handa: What is HPV?

I was talking to a friend about the routine vaccinations we got in school (riveting convo hey), and turns out she never got her 3rd dose of the HPV vaccine! THIRD dose, you ask? HP-what, you ask? Why am I reading a whole page on HPV, you ask? While the third question is a fair point and in all honesty, this is some bottom-of-the-barrel stuff, I’d say that if you’re aged between 12-25 and have no (or just some) idea what I’m talking about I think this would be a handy read!

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Jeff Turner, SHQ: “Surf & Sex Ed = SurfEd”

Talking about sex and relationships can be daunting and tricky, particularly for young people. Engaging in some form of activity, whether it’s surfing, art, music or whatever else, breaks down the barriers to accessing good education and provides an environment they can relate to, feel comfortable in and want to engage within. Think of yourself as a young person, what would you need to get excited to learn about sex and relationships?

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YEP Crew Supporter Blog Post – Minna Baker: What is Incontinence?

For many Australians, going to the bathroom isn’t a big deal. When you get the urge to do a wee or a poo you can easily hold it until you have access to a bathroom. But many Australian women face a different reality and struggle with incontinence. Due to stigma around incontinence, some people who suffer from it feel too embarrassed to seek professional help and suffer in silence. But incontinence is common and treatable.

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YEP Crew Blog Post: A Guide to ‘Lightening Your Vagina’ 101

A word of advice from myself:  Always see a doctor if you are concerned about any of your body parts.  Don’t turn straight to a Youtuber or influencer and believe the information they strategically feed you.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post, Anna Wrobel: Emergency Contraception and its Myths!

Accidents can happen, that’s why there is emergency contraception (EC) – a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancies after you had unprotected sex. So being clued up on emergency contraception is a must for anybody wanting to enjoy worry-free sex. However, it can be hard sometimes to figure out what are facts and what’s unhelpful fiction when you talk to your friends about contraception or look up stuff on the internet.

So let’s have a look at the most common myths about emergency contraception!

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Bianca Fish, Hepatitis WA: Hepatitis C Testing – Knowing is the First Step

Many thousands of people in Australia have hep C but don’t know they have it. This may be because people don’t understand how hep C is transmitted or because usually there are no obvious signs when a person first comes in contact with the virus. It is important to know if you have hep C because there is a cure. Treatment for hep C is easy to access, safe to take and can cure the virus in around 95% of cases.

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YEP Youth Sector & SHBBV Blog Post – Wendi Torres, WA Health: How Shame? Proper Shame!

If you are young and Indigenous you will most likely know this word: Shame! This word is universal in the Indigenous world and for those who don’t know it is used in the context to express being embarrassed or shameful. One of the many times we feel “shame” is when it comes to talking about sex and relationships, even our parents feel shame talking to us about it and this is often where us mob miss out on important information!

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Blog Post – Alexander Terblanche, SHQ: Sexual Ethics & Flower Petals

My mother is a wonderfully determined woman, but there was something particularly focused about her that afternoon. “Alexander, I think we need to talk”. What followed was an incredibly awkward ‘sex talk’ that only now am I able to look back on and appreciate the intent behind the petals.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julian Ming: So how do we define sex?

It might seem like a pretty simple question with a very simple answer at first glance, but as we’ll explore, defining sex can be a tricky thing…Persevere with me and we’ll see why defining sex is important and how valuable examining this idea can be to you.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julia Morgan: YEP at the 2018 SiREN Symposium

Last month, the YEP Project had the opportunity to present at the 2018 Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN) Symposium.  Myself and one other YEP Crew Peer Educator Susan presented on the work YEP does, who the YEP Crew is and how many people we were able to reach in 2017.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Matthew Bacon: “Not quite a Taylor Swift break up album, but it’s my way…”

Breakups f**king suck…So here I have some thoughts from a sexology student with a broken heart. My guide to a ‘healthy break up’. Before I continue, I’m going to explain what my definition of a ‘healthy break up’ is because to be honest it can be COMPLETELY different based on every relationship and why a relationship ends.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Maddison Whittle, SHQ: V is for Vulva…not Vagina!

If you think about it, there really aren’t too many times in your life when you would see vulvas. I can think of many people who, when they saw one for the first time, saw it in porn (either filmed or still images). Porn is known for editing and photo-shopping, so sometimes the bodies depicted are accentuated by makeup, surgery or photo editing. Even medical diagrams and some older educational resources are guilty of this – illustrations showing a vulva that is just a line, or hole – devoid of labia, or clitoris, or anything making it look like a real vulva. That’s really the only time I might ever get my knickers in a twist about ‘how vulvas should look’.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Kai Schweizer: Kai’s Mortified Queer Survival Guide for UTIs

It’s hard to find a safe place to pee when you’re transgender…If I go into the women’s bathroom, I will likely frighten others because I am 5’11, have facial hair and a deep voice. But if I go into the men’s room with lipstick or a dress on, I am all too likely to be verbally harassed or seriously injured…

…So usually, I just hold it.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Shaina Thomas: Hip Hop Culture – 2018 or Gayteen?

As a young person, finding your identity echoed by others within a cultural context like music is extremely powerful. Confidence is gained from seeing somebody you can relate to in the media in a positive light. This can inspire a person’s self-assurance – especially for young people who may be marginalised socially or geographically.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julia Morgan: So…you had unprotected sex, what to do next?

So… you had unprotected sex, what do you do next? We all know that protection is important, especially if you’re having sex with multiple partners…But, we’re all human and sometimes sex JUST HAPPENS.

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How to Get an STI Test at M Clinic FULL VIDEO – The YEP Project

Here it is! We’re super excited to launch our brand new video on how to get an STI test at M Clinic, which is the free sexual health clinic for gay and bisexual men here in Perth. For more info, check out http://www.mclinic.org.au/

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julian Ming: Super-Gonnorhoea

Super-gonorrhoea isn’t the superhero of STIs. In fact, to us it’s more of a supervillain. Two Australians have recently contracted cases of ‘super-gonorrhoea’ only a month after Public Health England announced the world’s “worst ever” case of super-gonorrhoea. Which means that the antibiotic crisis has already landed on our shores.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Susan Theseira: What it means when your doctor asks you if you’re ‘Sexually Active?’

I know it can feel awkward to talk about sex, but it’s important to communicate honestly and openly with your doctor. Remember, they want you to be the healthiest you can be, it’s their job, and that includes your sexual health. If you’re nervous, try writing your questions down on a piece of paper beforehand and bring it with you to your appointment. Anything you talk to your doctor about will be kept completely confidential (private, not to be shared with anyone else).

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Emily Wilding: What’s in a Name?

We take for granted just how useful, how imperative, our names are in our day to day lives. We nonchalantly scribble them down on forms, blurt them out awkwardly when we introduce ourselves to strangers, and write them clumsily on our personal belongings. When our names are congruent with our identities, we barely even notice they’re there. For many transgender and gender diverse people, it isn’t so clear-cut.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Anna Wrobel: Sexting – ‘Nudes’ and everything you need to know about them

Sexting? What’s that?

One says that someone is sexting when they use the internet or their mobile phones to send and/or post sexual images, videos, or messages. Heaps of people also refer to sexting as sending ‘nudes’ or ‘sexy selfies’. So, if you are sending a picture of yourself or someone else who is nude, semi-nude or in a sexual pose you would be considered to send a sext.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Vanessa Vlajkovic: “My Pill Perspectives”

When I was 16, I convinced my mum to let me get on the pill. She wasn’t happy about it, and to this day still isn’t, but she agreed, if for no other reason than to stop my incessant teenage whining.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Susan Theseira: National Condom Day – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

February is one of my favourite times of the year – no, it’s not my birthday – it’s actually because there’s a whole week in February is devoted to sexual health! As a sexual health educator/enthusiast, Sexual Health Week is a pretty big deal for me. In fact, on the 14th of February we celebrate not only Valentine’s Day, but National Condom Day! BTW it’s no coincidence that those events happen at the same time 😉

So how did YEP celebrate National Condom Day? We threw a party of course! The theme for National Condom Day this year was ‘Got CAKE?’ and so, naturally, we had a nice, tasty cake, and music, and snacks, and condom balloons!

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Kai Schweizer: 6 Things You Should Know About Losing Your Virginity

For me personally, I didn’t really think much about the concept of virginity the first time I had sex. I was about 19 and for me, sex didn’t feel like a big deal. I enjoyed the chance to be intimate with another person and to explore a new experience, but I also knew that nothing about me as a person had changed. I didn’t feel like I had lost anything. In fact, the whole process of learning how to give another person pleasure was pretty damn empowering.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Vanessa Vlajkovic: Growing up without ‘THE TALK’…Is it really something you need to know?

I’m sure I’m not the only 20 year old in the world that hasn’t received a lecture about sex from their parents. Even so, I still feel kind of weird that it never happened – I was expecting it to. Waiting for years, thinking surely it’s coming, but nope!

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YEP Crew Blog Post: Not ‘Bi Enough’

It took me until my recent break-up to really feel comfortable identifying as bisexual. I never found that I really jelled with the term ‘straight’, but I was so resistant to calling myself anything else. I’d also only ever been in relationships with men so part of me always thought “ah well…maybe I’ll just never know”.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Amelia Murray: FYI about IUDs

Intra-uterine device. Wow, sounds scary right? I can assure you though, it’s not as big deal as everyone thinks it is. In fact, I have one! So here’s a bit about my experience with getting an IUD.

 

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Habiba Asim: Justice for Zainab and her Army of Angels

SENSITIVE WARNING CONTENT: This blog contains subject matter that may not be suitable for everyone. Please use discretion. 

Rather than telling our children off when they ask questions, point them in the right direction.  Instead of keeping information from them and waiting for the ‘right time’, create open relationships in which they’re able to seek the answers they can’t seem to find.  Too often young people in such communities are lead to platforms, such as the porn industry, that misinform, misguide, and translate poorly what positive sexual health and relationships look like.  Consequently, giving them distorted ideas of how things should be in a relationship which most often don’t translate identically in to the real world.

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YEP Volunteer Blog – Vanessa Vlajkovic: Try It Without Your Eyes & Ears – Sex from a New Perspective

One of the aspects of sex that’s taken for granted by most people, is being able to absorb the sights and sounds involved…There are some adjustments that may need to be made in order to ensure sex is as successful and pleasurable for the deafblind person as it can be.

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YEP Crew Blog Post: Let’s Talk about Pleasure…

Growing up, there were no such conversations around pleasure in mainstream school or at home.  Google, like for many other sexual health based issues, became my first source of information.  Like any other young person, I questioned whether what I was engaging in was okay, whether it could cause me any sort of harm, and if there were any long term effects involved.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Carley Robbins, WAAC: Partying Safe with Leavers 2017

Well it’s always a big year for our year 12 students graduating, exams and then the biggest party of the year leavers! Leavers WA ran from the 20th to the 24th of November in the Southwest (Dunsborough) and Rottnest Island with over 8,000 young people taking part in celebrations it was an amazing week!

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Matthew Bacon: APP-ealing World

Apps are not going to be for everyone, but I think demonising them only exacerbates the risk that can be associated with using them. No matter what method you use to make connections with people, remember that relationships, whether they are one-night encounters or romantic encounters or friends with benefits situations, are supposed to be satisfying and pleasurable and if they aren’t then it may be worth evaluating the purpose of that relationship. Seek satisfaction and pleasure using whatever platform that makes you feel comfortable and validated.

 

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Darci Miller: Cultural Conversations at headspace Armadale

Last week, I went to the headspace Armadale Cultural Conversations event…It was an amazing night filled with great speakers that really made me think about what it would be like to be a part of the CaLD community and how that relates to mental health and talking about mental illnesses.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: Dating from a Different Culture

Don’t be offended if your caramel slice avoids introducing you to their parents. That doesn’t mean they don’t take the relationship seriously. Alternatively, don’t be alarmed if after your third date, they’ve already started planning the floral arrangement for your wedding. You should be surprised that they didn’t start sooner!

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Thanh Tran: Porn as Sex Education

It is no secret that porn is now easily available to anyone with access to the Internet.  In fact, around 30% of all Internet traffic is pornographic, so it’s pretty hard to avoid. Like many other forms of media, porn is often exaggerated and misleading. But is what we see in porn realistic or useful?

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Charlotte Glance, YDAN: 5 Things I Wish Someone had Told Me Before I had Same-Sex Sex

Being a bisexual, I felt like (for lack of a better word) I had lost my virginity twice – the first time I slept with a (cisgender) man and the first time I slept with a (cisgender) woman. For me, I’d seen heterosexual sex represented everywhere from TV to the unhealthy amount of Cosmo I read as a teenager. But for me having sex with a (cisgender) woman for the first time was like the first time I drove a car – I was terrified and had no idea what I was doing.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Anna Wrobel: Sexual Assertiveness – The Power to Say NO

How easy or difficult is it for you to talk about sex? Do you feel comfortable with starting a conversation about whether you want to have sex with your partner, or whether you would rather like to wait? Or, could you initiate a conversation about protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and birth control? Being able to talk honestly about sex can certainly be called a skill, and it is one with a high degree of difficulty.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Kai Schweizer: The Importance of Queer Visibility

Visibility is more important than ever in the age of the postal plebiscite. So I wear my rainbows still, regardless of how many people tell me how much easier it would be to hide who I am. Because I want to be a role model for my younger self and for all the young people struggling right now. Pride isn’t something we need to save for the festivities – it’s being proud of who you are every day, even when it’s hard, to prove that no matter how hard it gets you won’t (and can’t) change.  And I am very proud of who I am.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Anna Wrobel: STI Talk 101

Talking about STIs is probably not the most sexy conversation you will ever have with your partner, but it is even less sexier to discover that you have an STI after you had sex or to find out that you passed one on to someone else.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Vithan Thillairajah: ‘Every Body, Every Mind Summit’, a Reflection of my Sexual Health Journey

My journey at the YEP Project has only just begun but the 2017 YACWA/YEP Every Body, Every Mind Summit has definitely been a highlight! It was a youth sexual health sector event that aimed to bring young people and service providers together to discuss, and increase awareness of important sexual health issues.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julia Morgan: YEP/headspace Forum on ‘The Link Between Sexual Health & Mental Health’

Over the last couple of years, there has been significantly more attention directed to mental health. People are talking about it more and national events like ‘R U OK’ day have helped to push mental health into mainstream media. However, something that isn’t really talked about is the relationship between mental health and sexual health. So to try to figure out this link, the YEP Crew hosted a forum with members of the YEP Crew and different headspace WA Youth Reference Groups (YRGs).

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Emilee James: Wanna Split it 50/50?

I will never understand why people feel the need to separate people based on things they can’t change like sexuality and gender. Just remember that we are all human no matter the sexuality, gender, sex or what colour we want our dinosaur slippers to be.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Habiba Asim: The Stigma of being a Teenage Mum

You see, getting married and having kids at a young age in an ethnic community 20 years ago was a common practice, and it often still is.  However, throughout my high school years it became apparent to me that there was a stigma that came with being the child of a teenage mother.

 

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Amelia Murray: HERO Condoms

Do you have a favourite condom brand? Maybe one you buy every time out of habit, or whatever’s cheapest? It might not seem like a big deal, but it’s worth thinking about which condoms you are buying, because there’s actually some pretty big differences between them.

HERO condoms are an emerging brand in Australia leading the way in responsible condom manufacturing. Founded in 2012, HERO’s mission is to to help people enjoy sex in a safe, socially responsible and environmentally friendly way, so let’s look at some of the reasons why you should buy these condoms!

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Kai Schweizer: Please Don’t Call it ‘Same-Sex Marriage’

The postal plebiscite is not an ideal pathway for marriage equality, but it is the avenue we’ve been provided with. Already, we’ve seen very hurtful and homophobic rhetoric being spread in a very public manner. However, for trans people, one the most hurtful aspects of the debate is the exclusionary language and attitudes being used by both sides of the debate. Let’s talk the place of trans people in the postal plebiscite shenanigans.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julia Morgan: What to do if Sex Hurts

There’s one reoccurring question the seems to pop up whenever I go out and do a workshop. This is “should sex hurt?” The answer is pretty much, no (unless that’s something you’ve discussed earlier and are happy with). Regardless if it’s oral, anal or vaginal sex, sex should be something fun and enjoyable. If it’s hurting, you may need to make a couple of small changes to make it a bit easier.

So here’s a list of some reasons why sex may be hurting, and what you can do to fix this.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Susan Theseira: The Positive Power of Peers

“I don’t pretend to know or understand everything that one young person is going through. But I can listen, I can relate, and I can try to point them in the right direction.”

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: Creating Safe Spaces in Mandurah

The YEP Crew took a trip down to Mandurah where we did our Creating Safe Spaces workshop for the youth sector. Jordina, Shaina, Matt and I framed the workshop around the YEP Youth Sector Guidelines poster. This is the second workshop we have had based off these guidelines. We changed it up a bit and had activities surrounding each point.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Kai Schweizer: Trans 101 – Pronouns

For me, being referred to by the right pronouns indicates that the person I am speaking to respects me and my identity. I am able to enjoy my life more fully when I’m not worrying about being misgendered.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Bianca Fish, Hepatitis WA: We can CURE Hepatitis C

Did you know Friday July 28th is World Hepatitis Day? This year we are focusing on hepatitis C being curable and the possibility of the eventual elimination of hepatitis C in Australia. Currently there are an estimated 200,000 people living with hepatitis C who will benefit if they access the new treatments. Australia is on track to eliminate hepatitis C.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Darci Miller: Being Single in the 21st Century

The dating world is changing! It’s not like in our parents day where you would meet someone out and about. Now, there is a whole new way of meeting a potential partner. There is a number of apps and websites especially made to meeting someone. These days it is a simple as swiping left or right on your mobile phone.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julia Morgan: “I didn’t know I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome”

I had finally decided not to put it off any longer, time to book an appointment with a gynaecologist. I had recently found that sex had been a bit painful for me and I’d had enough. I rocked up not really knowing what to expect but after being greeted by a friendly nurse and asked a couple of questions I went in for a quick ultrasound.

That’s when the gynaecologist turned to me and said, “I have an answer for you, you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).”

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Kai Schweizer: “What’s with all these labels?”

Discovering that there’s a word for what you’re feeling can bring with it an immense feeling of relief and connection. Labels aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they can save lives.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Darci Miller: YMCA WA Youth Parliament Saying No to Online Harrassment

Last week, the YMCA WA Youth Parliament passed its first bill ever with a unanimous YES! – 52 yes and zero nos. The bill was an act to criminalise the display and distribution of explicit images and videos, punish offenders, support victims, and provide vulnerable women with the legal protection they need.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: Trying to B-Positive about Donating Blood

Are you a good Samaritan looking to share a part of yourself to the world? Or maybe you’re the Grinch, and you’re starting to think that the whole ‘being nice’ thing might make you happy (it’s a lie, don’t fall for it). Then what better than to give blood!

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YEP Supporter Blog Post – Amelia Murray: The Stigma of Female Pleasure

Living in an all-girls boarding house for 6 years gave me some insight into how teenage girls approach female pleasure and masturbation.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Bianca Fish, Hepatitis WA: Tattoos – Trendy, edgy, artsy… risky?

Most people may not consider getting a tattoo to be a risky behaviour in relation to blood-borne viruses – trendy, edgy or artsy yes, but few consider it to be risky. In most cases tattooing is actually safe. If you have money and can go to a registered parlour, there is usually nothing to worry about.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julia Morgan: “Not interested in sex? You’re not alone”

The truth is, some of us are never interested in sex or don’t really find people ‘hot’, if that sounds familiar…maybe you’re asexual. Most of us have probably heard the term ‘asexuality’ chucked around in conversation, but it’s often something not taught in school. So here are answers to couple of common questions about people who just aren’t interested in sex.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Kendall Thomson: Women Can Have Wet Dreams Too!

At the time I remember thinking…’oh my god, what the hell just happened?!’ I was totally embarrassed, had no idea how it happened and certainly wasn’t going to tell my friend I got all hot and heavy with my dreams in her sister’s bed!

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Joshua Walker, PICYS: Pride & Politics

The 17th of May marks a massive milestone in the LGBTI movement with it being International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. One of Perth’s LGBTI friendly youth mental health organisations, Perth Inner City Youth Services (PICYS), coincided with the world of politics by convening a meeting with Labor Senator and LGBTI activist, Louise Pratt, to discuss the difficulties and struggles mental health consumers and the LGBTI community still struggle with in the twenty first century.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: A Guide on the Mystical Task of Friend-Making

The world is a big place with over 7 billion people. If you feel out of place, just know that you are not the only one. If you feel that no one can relate to you, it might be because you haven’t met “your people” just yet. They are waiting for you, just like you might be waiting for them.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julia Morgan: The PROS & CONS of Sexting!

Australia has more phones than we do people. Whether we like it or not technology, is a really important part of our lives, and it doesn’t look like this is going to change any time soon.

Humans have been using different forms of communication to send sexy material for a while, so this is nothing new.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Grace Mills, YDAN: Dating with a Disability, “I am a person, my disability is only a big deal if you make it a big deal”

When did the question “do you want to go out with me?” change to “can you go out at all?”

I’m not sure what it is about having a disability that makes men seem to think that I don’t want to be in a relationship, go on dates or pretty much anything else you do in relationships like kiss, hold hands and have sex.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Claire Foster: Handy Tips on How to Work with LGBTI Young People

I’ve been working with LGBTI young people for about three years now, and I happen to be a bisexual young person. Here’s some of my hot tips to do the best you can by your young LGBTI clients.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Golda Signal: Movie Time! A review of ‘Moolaadé’

Majority African cultures are patriarchal, there is a huge and continued stigma surrounding female sexuality which often neutralises womens’ basic human rights. To further explain I would like to examine one of my favourite films of all time: Moolaadé. I hope it’s a good read.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: Being in a Woman’s Heels

If there’s one thing I could tell my younger self, it would be that the shape of your body and your personal quirks do not take or add from what it means to be a woman. Only you decide who you are. Your femininity is not defined by what the world perceives it to be but with what makes you comfortable and happy. It took me years to realise something that seems so obvious now but no one was there to tell me that.

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Special Blog Post – Sarah in Wonderland: “Let’s Get it On – Sex & Disability”

Last weekend a journalist came to my house and interviewed me on what it’s like having a sex life whilst disabled. We spent almost two hours discussing this subject that seems to be one of the most controversial and taboo topics when it comes to disability. Obviously I don’t find it unmentionable, or I wouldn’t be writing this or have been interviewed. But disability and sex seems to be that forbidden juxtaposition that nobody wants to think about, let alone talk about.

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Julia Morgan: Let’s Have a Chat about Herpes…

Herpes… If you’ve ever been in a sex ed class, chances are you’ve been shown a horrible picture of a red and bubbly penis or an inflamed and scab ridden vagina, followed by “this is herpes, it’s bad, don’t get it”. But how much do you actually know about it?

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – SHQ: “Don’t Fear the End of the Smear!”

With Pap smears set to change in Australia at the end of 2017, many people understandably have questions about what the changes will mean for them.

Never fear! SHQ is here!

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YEP Volunteer Blog Post – Julia Morgan: “IT’S A LIE! What you see on TV isn’t real sex!”

About 75% of shows and other media contain sexual content – sex is used to sell everything from chocolate to rental cars. Even though sex is everywhere only 6% of TV shows have healthy messages about sex (like consent!). So what does that mean for how we view sex and ourselves?

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Jordina Quain: Things You Don’t Get Told About Sex

Are there things that you wish you had known before having sex? Well, if there are, YEP Crew member Jordi has put together a list of a few things that might be helpful to you if you are thinking about and/or about to have sex for the first time. Also, there might be things on this list that might be super interesting that you may never have even thought about!!!

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Jordina Quain: YEP Crew does Harvey for 2017 National Condom Day!

Whilst we worked with years 9 – 12, there was definitely a sense of maturity in the groups which is not often acknowledged by the media or general society. Youth in Harvey and in general deserve to be commended for their positive attitude towards their bodies and the bodies of others. The day really highlighted that by treating youth with respect and dignity in regards to sexual health and independence, they flourish and learn well. It was a great opportunity to be a peer educator to the kids and give them opportunities to ask any questions they wanted.

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The YEP Project Sexual Health Week 2017 Video Series, Video #4: What I Wish I Had Known

The YEP Project’s YEP Crew & friends talk about the one thing they wish they had known when they were younger about sex and sexual health. Is yours the same? Check it out!

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Claire Foster: HIV Transmission Myths…BUSTED!!!

Despite growing knowledge and decreasing stigma surrounding HIV, it seems that many people still believe common myths about the transmission of HIV. For transmission of HIV to occur, three conditions must be present: Bodily fluid with high presence of HIV + particular activity + entry point to bloodstream

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julian Ming: Lubes, it’s the same as Slip Slop Slap!

Lubricant: This magical substance can have the power to make or break your wonderful night of passion. Otherwise known as lube, this friction reducing fluid can be an awesome addition to every and any kind of sex act – however you’ll want to put some thought into choosing the right kind for you.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Matthew Bacon: Pleasure-based Condom Usage

I have gotten to the place where condoms are not a nuisance, but a way of minimising clean up, staying safe and allowing me to stay confident and comfortable during my sexual encounters.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Megan Elias, SHQ: “Me and My Ovaries Part 3 – Is this going to hurt?”

So what is getting the contraceptive implant actually like? Does it hurt? Is there a needle? This is how it went down for me…in pictures!

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Jordina Quain: Things we Love about the Contraceptive Pill

You can hear about a lot of side effects from the pill, and like anything, those can vary from person to person. We really ought to cut the pill some slack though. For every thing that makes up this planet of ours, there is someone that is allergic to it, therefore, it makes absolute sense that one pill cannot work perfectly for everyone.

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The YEP Project Sexual Health Week 2017 Video Series, Video #3: Sexual Health, My Community & Me

Meet Golda. She’s a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) young person from Uganda. Golda talks about the challenges and difficulties faced by CaLD young people like herself when TRYING to work out what sexual health is even all about – let alone TALK about it to anyone else for advice or help. Just remember, you are not alone.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Aksh Handa: “Shocking Periods???”

This needs to be said – a period is natural. It is a necessary bodily process, it happens every month, and it occurs in most women from the time they hit puberty till they are about 50. Most of us know this. Yet many people associate periods with something that’s taboo, filthy or impure.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Megan Elias, SHQ: “Me and my ovaries Part 2 – So can you tell me a bit more about that…”

What questions do you want to ask your health professional before you decide on the right contraceptive for you? These are the 10 questions I wanted answered…and the answers I got.

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The YEP Project Sexual Health Video Series, Video #2: How to Put on a Condom!

The YEP Crew presents their video on the correct step-by-step use of a condom 🙂

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: Married by 20?

Are you 20, single and ready to mingle? Because I am 😉

… Just kidding, I’m ethnic.

So you’ve hit the milestone age of 20 and you still don’t have a romantic partner? That might be because you don’t have time, what with your commitment to uni, work or the gym (ok maybe not the last part). Or it could be because your aunties are bustling about, hiring matchmakers and unknowingly signing you up to websites like halalmuslimmarriages.com (don’t search for it, it doesn’t exist… I’ve tried).

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Megan Elias, SHQ: “Me and my ovaries Part 1 – my journey through the world of contraception”

My name is Megan and I’m a youth educator at SHQ. That means I get to spend my days talking to people (mostly young people, but also people who work with young people like youth workers, school nurses, teachers etc.) about sexual and reproductive health, contraception, relationships, porn, sex and technology, gender and sexual diversity, consent…pretty much anything you can think of that has to do with sex and people! I absolutely love what I do, and a big part of my job is giving people information and making them more comfortable to talk about sexual health…and hopefully that’s what this blog, and the next couple, are going to do. I’m going to share with you my experience of changing my method of contraception.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julian Ming: Legal Age of Consent in Western Australia

Age of consent laws exist to protect vulnerable children and young people from sexual exploitation and abuse. Even though a young person under the age of consent may be willing to have sex, they do not have the psychological capacity to give consent according to the law. The law considers all people under the age of consent to be unable to give consent to sexual activities with an adult.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Sara Shengeb, MYAN WA: “Peer Pressure and Sex”

Sometimes it can feel like society is maybe a little too keen to pressure us into having sex. It might also feel like everyone around you is trying to push you into having sex but the one person who has complete control over your decision is YOU.

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YEP Crew Blog Post: How I found a Treasure Chest of Sexual Health Knowledge

My sexual health information journey has consisted of multiple different sources of information, not all being 100% trustworthy, but some being reassuring.  Coming from a CaLD background, conversations around sexual health were highly unlikely to occur between me and my parents.  However, I made do, and have come to understand so much in just my first few months here with the YEP team.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Megan Elias, SHQ: “The Wonderful World of Lubricants”

So what’s the deal with lube? Why is it something we should be thinking about when we’re getting frisky…and something we should be thinking about before we even get close to getting frisky?

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YEP Crew Blog – Tahnae Keyser: We’re all different shapes & sizes!

“There is a misconception that genitals all look a specific way – this is NOT the case at all! People’s genitals are as diverse and unique as their faces, what is considered normal varies hugely. It’s like asking, “is my face normal?” The answer is: probably, yes ☺ “

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Sarah Grant, WASUA: “teSTIng, teSTIng, ABC”

Many young people are hesitant to disclose their injecting status due to the stigma and discrimination associated with injecting drug use (IDU). Over 90% of hepatitis C infections occur through sharing injecting equipment; most people are infected during their first 18 months of IDU. I understand it can be hard to talk about IDU, I respond to any enquiries in a non-judgemental and understanding way.

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YEP Comic Strip Campaign Week #2: “Some things to remember about consent”

“You ask permission to use other people’s things, you ask your parents if you can do certain things and you ask permission from your teachers to go certain places. When people say yes to these questions, they are giving their consent, when they say no, they are not consenting. It seems pretty straight forward in this context, but somehow in sexual interactions people find consent hard to understand, and that’s because it can be a little more complicated in these circumstances. “

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YEP Crew Blog – Jordina Quain: Let’s talk about consent baby!

What even is consent? It seems to be a word that gets used a lot lately but sometimes as a young person it can be hard to understand, especially when you think it’s somehow related to tea!

Consent is defined as “permission for something to happen or an agreement to do something”. That seems to make it pretty simple, how good are dictionaries am I right?

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YEP Comic Strip Campaign Week #1: “Me…Waiting for THE TALK…”

“Have you gotten ‘the talk’ yet? I haven’t. It’s been 20 years and counting. Although it would be extremely awkward if I got it now, the question is, why haven’t I gotten it yet?”

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: “So…will I get the talk or nah?”

Have you gotten ‘the talk’ yet? I haven’t. It’s been 20 years and counting. Although it would be extremely awkward if I got it now, the question is, why haven’t I gotten it yet?

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: Bloody Cults!

Now you’ll be dealing with a lot of blood and if you’re interning at your local cult, they’ll likely start you off on cleaning duty.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Jordina Quain: Positively Single

I’ve been having many a conversations with friends lately about ye old tale of being a singleton and noticed that these convo’s are predominantly based in the negative. So, I’ve decided to write a positively single list to raise the spirits and flip the idea of being a being a solo into a so-high (see what I did there?). Now this is not to say that you can’t do all of these while you’re in a ship (I hope you can that’d be sick!), it’s for anyone really but chucking a single spin on it for those friends I know who need it 🙂

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Fatema Shalemie: Let’s Pierce the Patriarchy!

So you want to commit an act of rebellion against your parents, teachers or the patriarchy and you’re thinking a genital piercing will do the job? I too, attempt to question the authority and revolt against the shackles of society’s meddlesome schemes.

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YEP Youth & SHBBV Sector Blog Post – Naomi Lorkin, headspace Armadale: “What’s the deal with youth mental health…and how is this relevant to the YEP Project?”

As a young person (I’m 23) I’m often confronted by myths and stigma when talking to my friends and family. It can be awkward, confusing and uncomfortable for some people to talk about mental health and that’s okay. Fortunately in my role as a Community Engagement officer with headspace Armadale I’ve become a lot more comfortable with the topic and hopefully after reading this blog, you will too.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Shaina Thomas: “Wait, what’s this…is this normal?”

People experience things at different rates, that will always be a given.

It is so common for us to still ask so many questions and wonder, “Is my experience normal? Or am I the only one?!”

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Jordina Quain: Why I Teach Sex Ed

I cop a lot of jokes about the fact that I’m a sexual health educator.

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Check out our YEP video!!!

We’re excited to officially launch the new YEP video on our newly launched Youtube page.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Shaina Thomas: Relationship with Transperth…no wait, Identity!

First official meeting at YACWA and damn it! BOOM we are steam rolling ahead!! I am looking forward to developing a program sincere to the stories around us, more particular with my lived experiences.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julian Ming: Our Vulnerabilities Allow Us to Connect to Each Other’s Stories

The final three workshops were a whirlwind of emotion and as we became even more familiar with each other, our vulnerabilities allowed us to connect to each other’s stories an empathise in a way that would leave many of us returning to our memories of the retreat to strengthen our resolve to empathise and better understand the people around us.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Tahnae Keyser: Value in Diversity

Last Friday morning 12 individuals that make up the Youth Educating Peers (YEP) Crew joined Anania, our Project Officer, down in Serpentine for a weekend bursting at the seams with learning, workshops, laughter, bonding, and food.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Claire Foster: YEP Crew Retreat 2016…Packed Full of Fantastic Stuff!!!

The morning of the newly formed YEP Crew’s Retreat began with a win and a loss for me. The win was that I picked up fellow YEP Crewer Julian early enough that we were the first ones at the retreat for a bright and early 8AM start, and the loss was that I managed to forget my pillow. It’s quite a first meeting to introduce yourself to someone and then follow said introduction with ‘Hey, can I borrow a pillow?’, but Julian kindly obliged me, and the weekend was all uphill from there.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Darci Miller: Fairground 2016…I’m Inspired

There were so many highlights from the conference, but by far my favour was Dr Marie Wilson’s presentation about her work for the past six years revealing the history and impacts of more than a century of forced residential schooling for indigenous children in Canada. Her presentation moved me to tears as she explained the pain and suffering of thousands of innocent First Nations children.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Julian Ming: Sexology, String & Love…My Reflections on Fairground 2016

Fairground 2016 was the first youth-focused conference I had been invited to, so I was curious to see how it would all turn out. It was also technically my first day ‘on the job’ – with the YEP Crew assembling like a multicultural Avengers team!

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Shaina Thomas: On Fairground 2016, YACWA slayed

Fairground’s 2016 presenters and delegates celebrated our say, nurturing what affects youth today. Not knowing what to expect from Fairground conference 2016, I leave confident the room was filled with amazing people.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Habiba Asim: For Me…This was Fairground 2016

YACWA’s Fairground youth sector conference 2016 brought together an audience of 250 delegates who were passionate about positively impacting the lives of young people. The conference was the first of its kind that I had attended as a Youth Educating Peers (YEP) Crew Member.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Matthew Bacon: What even is PrEP???

What even is PrEP? Well, everyone PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis is a relatively new medication that when taken regularly can prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission occurring even when exposed to the virus through contact with someone that is positive.

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YEP Crew Blog Post – Habiba Asim: STIs & BBVs…and our Aboriginal community?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the Australian population.  However, statistically they are at greater risk of having a STI or BBV in comparison to non-indigenous Australians.

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And the new chapter of the YEP Project begins…

At the end of 2015, the funding for the YEP Project ceased and a lot of people in the youth and SHBBV sector where wondering where YEP was going to go. The Department of Health (DoH) contract was up for tender again, and luckily enough – and after a lot of hard work – YACWA was successful in winning back the contract! The team here at YACWA were so excited and happy that we got YEP back, as this has been one of YACWA’s flagship – and most – successful youth programs.

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What's happening at YEP

YEP at Fairground 2016

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Safe Schools Coalition WA: Introductory Session

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Jesse Altham

Hey! My name is Jesse and I’m a 23 year old from Fremantle, WA. I’m finishing up my Diploma of Youth Work with North Metro TAFE, completing my last practical placement here with the YEP crew. I am extremely passionate about politics, advocacy and education and I’m so fortunate to be working with YEP in the space of peer education.

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