What do you do?
The fabulous YEP Crew run a variety of Youth Workshops, based on the following SHBBV-related topics:
- Healthy Relationships
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Blood-Borne Viruses (BBVs)
- Safe Sex (can be general or specific e.g.) women who have sex with women, men who have sex with men)
- and much more.
We are also open to hearing about your needs and may have capacity to develop something bespoke for you.
Workshops have now resumed face-to-face but can also be delivered via Zoom on request.
What is your approach?
The YEP Project is bound by the Youth Work Code of Ethics and seeks to support young people to maintain healthy and positive relationships and sexual experiences.
We do this through a youth peer model and use fun, engaging and informed sexual health activities and relatable conversations.
We operate under a harm minimisation, sex positive and inclusive approach.
Youth workshops are run by peer educators – aged 18-25. These young people bring their lived experiences to the group and are provided with information and training from a variety of sexual health services – these include the Department of Health WA, Sexual Health Quarters, Aboriginal Health Council of WA, Sexual Assault Resource Centre, Hepatitis WA, WA Aids Council, Curtin University and more.
How long is a workshop?
Typically workshops run from 45 mins-1.5 hours, however, we can talk to you about your needs. We recommend that the peer educators also have a half an hour before running the workshop with the clients to build rapport (this could be joining in games of pool, basketball, having a yarn and so on). We also need about 15 minutes before this to talk to the hiring organisation’s staff to brief on our session and collaborate on the best ways of working with your group.
How many young people can attend a workshop?
We recommend a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20 young people for best outcomes.
What age groups can attend?
Our sessions are for minimum 12 years old and max. 25 years old. However, we strongly recommend that sessions are booked with smaller age/maturity ranges. Given the nature of the content, the discussions and questions that will happen it is inappropriate for all ages to be in the same session together. You may also want to consider the cultural needs of your group; which may need family and/or gender separations. We may be able to split a session or hold more than one session for you to meet the needs of your participants – please discuss this with us.
What kind of space do you need?
Open space to run activities. It is important that the space is a safe space that allows for discussion and questions. We recommend a private space/room. If your centre is open plan we recommend closing other activities for the duration of the workshop. After the workshop has started it is preferable that no new participants enter the space. Young people are able to leave the workshop at any time.
What is required of youth workers/the hiring agency?
The hiring organization is responsible for the room and building management where the workshop is taking place. The YEP crew reserve the right to not enter a space that they feel is unsafe to work in.
YEP is a peer-based project. Whilst our educators are informed and trained on matters related to sexual health it is important that their peer relationship is not damaged by spending too much time disciplining or managing group dynamics – we also believe that the hire best knows the needs and history of their young people and is best placed to support the unique needs of their clients.
Staff from the hiring organisation are expected to support young people to engage in the activities run by YEP and to support group cohesion.At least one professional is required to be in the room for the duration of the workshop.
Staff of the hiring organisation must nominate at least one person (who will be present on the day of the workshop) that the YEP crew can speak to should a young person disclose anything directly to a YEP crew member that requires follow up e.g. sexual assault, thoughts of suicide and so on. It is important that the hiring organisation has an active plan on how to support the needs of their clients should a disclosure occur and has information on local support services.
It is important to remember that the YEP crew are peer educators – they are also young people. It is important that they feel safe and respected during their time at your service. The hiring organisation should actively address any homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, or other discrimination that is presented to the YEP crew.
Young people in my group have been affected by sexual violence or issues around consent, can we hold a workshop?
Discussing anything related to sexuality or romance may be triggering for people directly or indirectly impacted by sexual violence. It is important that the hiring agency considers the right timing for hosting a session and considers the topic choices.
Given the nature of the topics we discuss, disclosures of sexual assault are common. Discussing consent, in particular, may lead young people to realize that previous experiences were nonconsensual. It is important that the hiring organisation has an active plan on how to support the needs of their clients should a disclosure occur and has information on local support services.
I want to request you at a stall or community event, is this possible?
Yes we love outreach and stall events! Let us know about your next event and what you would like us to deliver.
If you are interested in a more long term arrangement e.g. a term/series of workshops or have a greater need this may have a small cost – please discuss this with us and we will advise you. We can also negotiate with you so that you can get the most out of our core funding opportunities.
To book the YEP Crew, please use our Online Booking form HERE