Youth Week 2017 – Get involved, be heard, make a difference!

NSW Youth Week 2017 is running from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April so get involved, be heard, and make a difference! Organised for young people by young people, Youth Week is a time to act on issues, express views, share ideas, and have fun within the community.

Hump Day, the Wednesday during Youth Week, aims to raise sexual health awareness among young people. Promoting consistent condom use, informing where they can get condoms, reducing the stigma around STI testing, addressing the perceived confidentiality and cost issues when visiting a GP, and explaining the ease of STI testing are messages that can be expressed to young people.

Hump Day is also a great chance to run a sexual health-themed game, activity, or workshop with the young people at your youth service. Sexual health-themed games are designed to start conversations about sexual health. It doesn’t have to be complicated or embarrassing. Brief, fun games, like stuffing oranges in a condom, are a positive and respectful approach for young people to learn about sexuality and sexual relationships.

Your local Council can also support you in linking sexual health messages with a Youth Week community event like a music festival, skate park competition, or movie night.

Already promoting youth sexual health? Then apply for the Play Safe Award and receive recognition of excellence for your contributions in youth sexual health. The Play Safe Award aims to encourage Local Governments for planning and implementing different health promotion initiatives/activities to improve young people’s knowledge and access of sexual health information and services.

Want to win a PS4 Pro 1TB for your youth service? To celebrate Hump Day, in partnership with the Office of Communities, NSW Health are giving youth services the chance to win a PS4 Pro 1TB. Get creative and encourage young people to enter the competition by producing a Hump Day ad that promotes condoms. The ad could include safe sex messages, how to get condoms when you need them, or fun ways of carrying condoms.

Entries can take form of a short film, a song, an artwork, a music video, a zine, or a poem – the limits are endless and only hindered by your imagination! Entrants need to be a NSW-based service that works with (runs programs for) young people aged 12-24 years. Max three entries per service, with entries closing 9 April. Visit Play Safe for more details and T&Cs.

Contact South Eastern Sydney HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit for more Hump Day event details and how you can link sexual health to your community event.

Sarah Smith
Elissa Magner