Alliance Youth Theater for HIV/AIDS Awareness

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Alliance Youth Theater for HIV/AIDS Awareness
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Project Type(s): Project Sector(s): Health Health.gif
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Community Name: Donetsk
Region: Donetsk
Country: Ukraine
Volunteer(s) Name: Zachary Zarnow
Year of project approval: 2008
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Info about the Alliance Youth Theater for HIV/AIDS Awareness

[edit] Summary

Members of student theater groups from the Donetsk area will spend 4 days being trained on HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention and stigma and discrimination reduction. The final days of the training will be focused on producing and performing short plays about stigma and discrimination. These performances will take place with mass-media representatives in attendance. The performers will then take this knowledge and their plays back to their theater troupes and universities where they can teach others and perform the plays again in the future.

Stigma and discrimination act as significant barriers to treatment and contribute to the spread of HIV. This project will lessen the prevalence of stigma and discrimination by using a novel approach to educate students, who will in turn educate their peers. Performances put on by experienced performers will be captivating, informative, and memorable, so that the message of stigma and discrimination reduction will stick in the minds of those who perform and those who watch. This is a technique that is sustainable and easily reproducible, and the scripts and performances themselves can be used and repeated many times over. Theater groups that participate will be expected to produce these plays at least twice a year on World AIDS day and Candlelight Memorial day, thereby creating a tradition within their communities.


[edit] Story:

This project was quite a success. Alliance brought participants from 5 towns surrounding Donetsk, as well as from Donetsk itself. Participants included university theater group members, members of the mass-media, and audiences from the community.

Journalists enjoyed the training and performances. They have all agreed to write about the project and HIV/AIDs issues in the future. Journalists were especially impacted by the collection of over 80 pages of articles dating back to 1999 from the Donetsk region that showcase media prejudice, misconceptions, and ignorance. This opened the eyes of journalists to the mistakes of the past, and encouraged them to employ what they have learned in the training to their professional life. The journalist training was held before the performances by the theater groups, so that they could then utilize this new understanding of how to report on HIV/AIDs issues to covering the skits and plays.

Youth community members were equally enthusiastic about the project. Students really enjoyed the chance to work on their theater technique, and were also extremely receptive to information about HIV/AIDS. The performances were moving, informative, and very well received by the audience. Local news covered the project because of the media participants.

The project goal of increasing the knowledge of the population of the Donetsk area about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention and to promote a positive view of people living with HIV/AIDS by specifically targeting stigma and discrimination was met. Summary: Members of student theater groups from the Donetsk area will spend 4 days being trained on HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention and stigma and discrimination reduction. The final days of the training will be focused on producing and performing short plays about stigma and discrimination. These performances will take place with mass-media representatives in attendance. The performers will then take this knowledge and their plays back to their theater troupes and universities where they can teach others and perform the plays again in the future.

Stigma and discrimination act as significant barriers to treatment and contribute to the spread of HIV. This project will lessen the prevalence of stigma and discrimination by using a novel approach to educate students, who will in turn educate their peers. Performances put on by experienced performers will be captivating, informative, and memorable, so that the message of stigma and discrimination reduction will stick in the minds of those who perform and those who watch. This is a technique that is sustainable and easily reproducible, and the scripts and performances themselves can be used and repeated many times over. Theater groups that participate will be expected to produce these plays at least twice a year on World AIDS day and Candlelight Memorial day, thereby creating a tradition within their communities. Subject(s): HIV/AIDS. Story: This project was quite a success. Alliance brought participants from 5 towns surrounding Donetsk, as well as from Donetsk itself. Participants included university theater group members, members of the mass-media, and audiences from the community.

Journalists enjoyed the training and performances. They have all agreed to write about the project and HIV/AIDs issues in the future. Journalists were especially impacted by the collection of over 80 pages of articles dating back to 1999 from the Donetsk region that showcase media prejudice, misconceptions, and ignorance. This opened the eyes of journalists to the mistakes of the past, and encouraged them to employ what they have learned in the training to their professional life. The journalist training was held before the performances by the theater groups, so that they could then utilize this new understanding of how to report on HIV/AIDs issues to covering the skits and plays.

Youth community members were equally enthusiastic about the project. Students really enjoyed the chance to work on their theater technique, and were also extremely receptive to information about HIV/AIDS. The performances were moving, informative, and very well received by the audience. Local news covered the project because of the media participants.

The project goal of increasing the knowledge of the population of the Donetsk area about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention and to promote a positive view of people living with HIV/AIDS by specifically targeting stigma and discrimination was met.

Oblast: DonetskaYear: 2008 PCV: Zachary Zarnow(Economic Development, Group 32)

http://www.pcukraine.org/activities/results_success_stories.php#va

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