In September 2012, ASAAP initiated the Tease Project, a program that uses arts to engage South Asian youth on sexual health, HIV/AIDS, and leadership development.
We aim to provide a space for youth to learn about health and sexuality, develop their artistic skills, and speak to their experiences through leading HIV Prevention campaigns.
Working with a network of partners including Planned Parenthood Toronto, Flemingdon Health Centre and South Asian Women’s Rights Organization, the Tease Project finished its second year with 3 cycles, 32 training sessions with 59 newcomer youth in the Crescent Town and Thorncliffe neighbourhoods.
Celebrating our first year, we organized an exhibit and launch of The Collection; a booklet documenting our journey and the all the artwork the youth have produced during the project. Since then, we have exhibited our work at the OHTN Research Conference in 2013, the Research Symposium on Youth, Sexuality, and Sexual Health in 2014 and We Do Belong: Story-telling Youth Forum in 2015.
Our equation made it to Positive lite and Tamil Culture, as we’re recruiting more youth to post their artwork using #teaseproject. To view their up-to-date work, follow us on Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.
In April 2015, we launched It’s About More Than A Condom, a campaign exploring everyday scenarios that affect South Asian youth’s relationships, sexuality and health. Using wordless comic strips, youth explored what healthy sexuality meant to them; ranging from building confidence, gaining knowledge, challenging gender dynamics and negotiating safety. Click on the poster below to see the stories:
As part of our commitment to increasing knowledge and awareness, every cycle we conduct evaluations to benchmark the youth’s knowledge around HIV and sexual health where %100 so far demonstrated an increase in skill development upon the completion of the cycle.
For more information, contact Nedal Sulaiman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-599-2727 ex 230.