posters, pamphlets and books for YAC

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Apart from the big ticket items (the TV etc) the youth centre wont be a youth centre without things like

posters - about HIV prevention, self esteem issues, anit drug campains etc

Pamphlets - about pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, womans issues( the right to say no), drugs, and alcohol etc.

Books- On all sorts of things covered above and more. The sky is the limit! :-D

There are a couple of ways to complete this task. You could ask your local youth center for extra copies of their posters, or if you would be able to use copies of their pamphlets . AND /OR there are LOTS of organisations out their who have all the stuff packed and ready to go (ie the planned parenting association of Ghana?) so you could contact them?

Hello April and Ernest,

I don't know if this organization can send you actual posters and such, but they seem to be a very useful resource for health information. It's called the Media/Materials Clearinghouse. They have a place to join and it is just a simple form that Ernest could fill out. It may be worthwhile. Take a look.

http://www.m-mc.org/hcmn/

Barb

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Thanks Barb,
We will get on to that straight away. We are so grateful for your help you are a true asset to everyone at Nabuur. Thank you!

Regards
April

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Hi April,

Has this Media Network contacted regarding our project?

Regards

Ernest

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Hi
No sorry there has been no contact from them at all.

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Hi Ernest, April and All,

I came across the following organization which offers resource kits (manuals, pamphlets, posters, etc) for HIV/AIDS that may be of use. I have sent an email requesting info. Here is the web link:

http://www.safaids.net/viewinfo.cfm?id=196&linkid=4&siteid=1

Barb

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Hi Again,

I was just thinking, have you considered making your own materials (posters, brochures, etc)? I evaluated a project that worked with street youth that developed health awareness materials themselves, involving the youth themselves. What you could do is hold 'workshops' where the youth get together (very informally) and talk about the health issues. This would be guided by a coordinator/teacher or someone that has the correct information (so false and inaccurate information is not distributed). The youth would then be encouraged to design their own materials. For example, they could draw posters or pictures that send appropriate messages. In the project I evaluated, the youth developed a deck of cards. They drew out each card and there were health issues on each as well as pictures that send the messages. The cards were then used for games and such, so the messages were being carried on. The value of doing this type of activity, rather than relying on posters and pamphlets from others are:

- the youth get involved and learn as they develop the materials;
- the messages are appropriate for them and understandable by them;
- the youth feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in designing them and having them displayed;
-the costs are minimal (existing materials can be used or seek out supplies instead of completed materials;
- it's fun!

In addition, once a poster or card or brochure is designed, maybe we could look at getting them printed and sent back. For example, if a poster was mailed to me, I would be willing to get it photocopied and printed and mail them back (I would have to look into the costs, and I would try to find a printer here that would donate the cost of printing them).

Another option is to have a task where neighbours can design a brochure as a task and then do the same - get them printed and sent.

Anyways, lots of ideas and I've got more, but Ernest, if you are interested, email me.

Barb

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And one more comment!!

I found this document called "Reaching Out-of-School Youth with Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Information and Services." It has some good information on activities and mentions what I talk about in previous comment, about including youth in the development of the messages.

Hope it helps. Here is the link to the website as well.
http://iiep.tomoye.com/ev_en.php?ID=4061_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

Barb

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Hi Barbs,

I have gone through Reaching-Out-of School document and its exactly all about what this Youth Advisory Centre want to achieve. Its a document which could be very useful for our project.

Regards
Ernest

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Hi Barb,
I think your suggestion is fantastic. It would not only be a helpful activity for the youth centre but it would be a great way for the kids to learn about the health issues too.
We do a very similar thing here actually and the best posters get printed up and used state wide. I can't see why the kids could do something like that and it wouldn't be hard to have them printed.
thanks for the great suggestion
april

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