Matthew Bacon

My name is Matthew Bacon and I am 23 years old. I currently am studying my Graduate Diploma in Sexology at Curtin University, my undergraduate being a Bachelor of Science – Health Sciences with the focus of my study being in Health Promotion. It was through this that I first discovered my passion for peer education. I began volunteering at the Western Australian AIDS Council in 2013 and while there I have taken part predominantly in the Keep It Safe Summer program which looks at doing sexual health and “celebrating safely” education on leavers. After two years of volunteering I was lucky enough to be able to attend as a team coordinator. Also while at the Western Australian AIDS Council I have taken part in the Needle and Syringe Exchange Program and many LGBTIQ events. My eventual goal is complete a psychology degree with honours and practice as a sexual therapist but for the time being am loving my peer education work.

As a Gay male I have seen first hand how effective and how necessary peer education is and my hope is that I can be a source of judgemental free sexual and sexuality education that I have been lucky enough to have received over the years. I look forward to working as a peer educator with the YEP Program empowering youth and given them the education they need to make their own choices around sexuality and sexual health and creating a generation of sex positive adults.


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Vanessa Vlajkovic

Hi! My name is Nessa and I’m 20 years old. I’m studying Journalism at Edith Cowan University, with a Public Relations minor. I am an avid reader, writer, traveller and cheerleader. I’m also a passionate advocate for the deafblind community, and for other types of disability. I’ve been on the committee of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) at YACWA for a few months, and through them have developed a desire to become a YEP volunteer, as I want to expand my horizons.

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