Recognising the lack of resources available that are tailored to the specific needs of young people who use drugs, Youth RISE embarked on a four-year project to develop resources for practical use by peer educators to address harm reduction and HIV prevention. “Youth RISE Up! for HIV Prevention” was a project funded by MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation that started in 2009. In 2010, Youth RISE staff and International Working Group (IWG) members launched the publication “A young peer trainer’s guide to provide sexual health and drug-related harm reduction education”, which is based on trainings given by Youth RISE IWG members and provides young people with a set of sessions to be adapted and then implemented by the peer educators.
In all, the guide contains 8 sessions for a complete training on sexual health and safer drug use for young people, including a series of exercises that aid participants to have a better understanding of different factors influencing health; drug-related harm reduction; sexual health and HIV; drug use, harm reduction and HIV; the relationship between sex and drugs, and stigma affecting young people.
Training workshops were conducted in India, Romania, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria and Lebanon, India and Kyrgzstan.