Mezart Daulet, Youth Education and Outreach Program Coordinator
outh Education and Outreach Program prevents the spread of HIV/STIs and improve the quality of life among LGBTQ Asian youth community by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education and outreach, creating a safe space, capacity development and addressing socioeconomic factors such as homo/transphobia, racism, sexism, and HIV stigma that contribute to risky behaviour.
Funding by AIDS Prevention Community Investment Program (APCIP), City of Toronto, Rainbow Grant, Community One Foundation, and Toronto Public Health Youth Grant - The Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport
Highlights of 2011-2012 • During the reporting period, our focus was on leadership development to train volunteers and build stronger leadership capacity. Experienced volunteers actively took ownership in programming and many new initiatives were created with their time and effort. • Asians In Motion, a single-day forum, was held in November 2011 to continue the legacy of Fact For Friction (F3) in 2003. Over 40 LGBTQ Asian youth gathered and explored what it means to be Asian, queer, and youth through art, sex, and digital media. • Health Promotion Project was launched in 2011 to promote overall health and self-care among LGBTQ Asian youth. Series of workshops and events were organized such as art therapy, healthy cooking, and sport events. Taiko drumming workshop sessions were also organized in collaboration with Raging Asian Women. • Social Media Initiatives were implemented in programming this year to enhance the current online presence. QAY Facebook page was established and has gained 170 followers, and QAY YouTube Channel was also established and gained over 700 views in total. New QAY website is also planned to be launched later 2012. • Huge increase in event participation was identified – over 450 in attendance for events organized by Queer Asian Youth (QAY).
Asian Community AIDS Services 2011 Annual Report