Be Healthy Curriculum
AYPH Be Healthy is a highly successful model of engaging marginalised young people in important conversations about their health and wellbeing. Using the principles of popular education, it is a truly youth-led approach that allows young people the freedom to explore health and identity on their own terms. We've titled it a 'curriculum (sort of)' because it encourages the user to let the needs of the young people they are working with to guide them rather than following it to the letter.
This 24 page booklet outlines the philosophy behind the method as well as highlighting – and providing suggestions to avoid – some of the potential challenges that can occur when using the Be Healthy method.
It also includes 10 engaging group activities to get young people thinking and talking about health and wellbeing. Activities are split into two sections, one for groups of young people who have just started working together and the other for young people in established groups. It is spiral bound and opens flat for ease of use and photocopying.
Although the original project was focused on young people affected by sexual exploitation, this approach and set of activities can be used with any marginalised groups that experience discrimination, stigma or reduced access to health services.
Here's what people have told us about the training and the activities included in the curriculum:
“Group exercises were fab.”
“All of the exercises, which are powerful and easy to transfer and use with young people.”
"The resources are very adaptable for our organisation.”
“I am looking at the fantastic AYPH curriculum I got from last week’s training as a tool for our Young Women’s Group tomorrow. I would just like to express once more how much I enjoyed the training and how useful it is already becoming in my practice.”