I’ve been the Education Coordinator at ACCKWA for just over one year now, after first coming in as a volunteer and then covering a leave as the Youth Services Worker. It’s kind of my dream job – I get to use my teaching degree, I meet and work with incredibly driven, compassionate, and hilarious people, and I get to taste-test the flavoured condoms when they arrive.
I’m incredibly proud of the work that ACCKWA does in the community, and I’m honoured to be a part of it. As I think back over the past year, I’m inspired by the new directions the Education program has taken: we’ve added two new workshops (Making Men and Sex & Tech) to our series, built a strong social media presence for the Doin’ It website on Facebook (www.facebook.com/doinitsafer) and Twitter (@DoinItSafer), and have initiated an anonymous text program for youth in the community to ask questions without fear of judgment.
I’ve seen first-hand how stigma (and the fear and ignorance that drives it) can affect a person, a family, a community. I’ve also seen how knowledge, perspective, and empathy can inspire conversation, challenge discrimination, and bring people together.
I’m excited to invite you to participate in our #KissHIVGoodbye campaign and check out our upcoming AIDS Awareness Week events here http://bit.ly/10j5SZ9. If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll play myself out.