The Yes Project is a Europe wide initiative to provide young people with empowering sexual health and reproductive education in a community setting. Collaborating with ECYC (European Confederation of Youth Clubs) and LOGO Jugendmanagement to develop the capacity of youth organisations and youth workers to deliver SRE to young people. This project is based on the need identified by Youth Work Ireland through a consultation with young people in Spring 2018, for young people to be involved in the development of a resource to support their learning around health and safety issues related to their sexual health.
The YES Project will consist of 3 one-hour sessions focusing on one topic with the aim of supporting youth workers and educators in their practice. The areas covered in the YES Project are:
Session One – Sexuality Identity and Healthy Relationships
This session will enable participants to get to know each other, settle into a group work process, and understand the contents of the programme. This session also sets the scene for group behaviour by establishing a group contract so that participants feel safe discussing sensitive topics; it also ensures that participants are clear about respecting one another.
Session Two – Communicating Consent
This session enables participants to explore what consent means. It will help the participants to develop their language around consent so that they can better communicate their consent and respect the consent and non-consent of others. The session will explore boundaries through role-play to enable participants to develop the skills of communicating their consent. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice developing appropriate responses for when consent is given or not given.
Session Three – Wider Influences and Decision Making
This session enables the participants to explore wider influences on their sexual decision making. Through exploration of the impact of peers, family, culture, and media, participants will be supported to raise their awareness of how these shape their personal choices when it comes to sexual decision making. Participants will gain an understanding of how their decision making works and will include logic and reasoning as well as gut-based / emotion-based decision making. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with their future selves and connect with the types of decisions and choices they can make that align them with their vision of themselves.
Project Target Groups
This project will target young people, youth workers, youth club volunteers, and educators.