This time it's the World health Organisation who are seeking guidance from young people to understand what works and what doesn't work in HIV prevention.

You can read some of the advice that young people offered (including their description of an ideal health worker) here.

Making sure young people have a say about services that they use is an underpinning principal of youth AOD work & there is an abundance of literature which discusses the benefits experienced by both the service and the young person themselves. 

YoDAA heard recently of a partner organisation who invited young people to participate in the recruitment of new workers by sitting in on interview panels. Of the experience, one young person reflected, "I had these nervous people sitting in front of me wanting me to give them a job." For him, it was a moment of empowerment that he had not previously experienced.

The Youth AOD toolbox includes a core unit guiding AOD workers towards increased youth participation and empowerment.

How do you include young people in the planning and delivery of your service? Email us and let us know.