Engaging Rural Young People
The SHOUT initiative aims to provide simple and practical ways to foster young people’s involvement, to listen to their perspectives and experiences and to be guided by them in ways to improve sexual health information, resources and supports.
- encourage skill development to make informed and ethical decisions
- avoid an emphasis on disease and risk - instead focus on rights to access services to maintain sexual health and taking care of self and others when it comes to relationships
- acknowledge that sexual and reproductive health is challenging for people of all ages to discuss - our diverse cultures, abilities, sexualities, faiths, family and community contexts and attitudes play a key role
- challenge stereotypes and discrimination and open up opportunities for young people to discuss these issues
Below we have provided an outline of an engagement activity that CERSH has successful facilitated, as well as some recommended resources to assist in starting conversations with young people about sexual health.
Contact CERSH for help and information on engaging with the young people you work with.
Creative Focus Group Activity
Helpful Resources for Engaging Young People in Sexual Health
Love, Sex and Relationships
Developed as a teaching resource with activities exploring relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health. The content can also be used across other settings to engage young people.
The resource includes age-appropriate lesson plans; fun videos to use with young people; videos of teaching tips; and links to the Australian Curriculum - HPE.
Play Safe Pro Website
Developed by the NSW Government, this website has some great tools, fact sheets, activities and protocols for working with young people around sexual health.
Includes fun games, quizzes and activities to help start positive conversations about sexual health.
Bits and Bods Web Series
Bits and Bods is a web series targeted at teen girls and gender diverse teens about sex, bodies and all the awkward bits in between.
There are currently seven episodes in the series and they are great conversation starters for youth groups or diversity groups.