The right to know
|In Thailand, students present a puppet show about the need for AIDS awareness to their classmates.|
As a young person and a member of the generation with the highest rate of new HIV infections there are things you can do to help stop the spread of HIV. You have a responsibility and can be a powerful force for change!
Here are some ideas of actions you can take to combat the spread of HIV in your community.
- Learn and understand how HIV and AIDS affect you and your community. Remember it your responsibility to keep yourself safe, so keep yourself informed and know the facts about HIV and AIDS. Once you know the facts, you can spread the correct information to others in your community.
- Identify individuals and organizations in your community interested in planning activities. Make sure you are aware of all the local HIV/AIDS activities in your community. If possible, try to work together. This will avoid duplicate activities and you can learn a lot from each other.
- Define your goals and objectives. What do you want to provide to your community through the event your activities? Who do you want to reach? What does your community need? What are the greatest challenges facing your community? What do you want to achieve?
- Select action(s) with definite objectives. Choose an activity or activities that have clear objectives. If you are working with a group, agree on what these are and outline how you will keep up commitment to these actions over time. Activities are great, but it is important to have a long-term plan so that your actions can really bring about change. And change does not happen over night.
- Include the media. Getting your messages out through television, radio or newspaper is a highly effective way of reaching your target audience. Click here to find out how to plan a media campaign.
- Create a plan and a schedule. Put together a plan for your activities and agree on who will be responsible for completing the specific tasks and when they need to be completed. It is a good idea to draw up a timeline with some milestones so that you can measure your progress.
- Get the resources you need. Speak to other people and groups and convince them to support you. Partnerships, whether with local businesses and leaders in your community or beyond, will help you get the support you need, from funding to photocopies. Find out if there are other youth groups who might be willing to join you.
- Evaluate the activities during the planning stages as well as after the event so that you can remember how to improve the process, for example by looking at what you have done and comparing that with what you had hoped to achieve. Try to understand what has helped you and what has been a problem.