The WA AIDS Council’s Keep It Safe Summer (KISS) project celebrates its sixteenth year in 2015. The program is almost old enough to be a school leaver!
During this milestone year the project received a Healthway grant to expand the KISS project through the summer months. The additional funding allowed the project to conduct more outreach - basically, getting the KISS team to go where young people go.
KISS began the summer with Leavers celebrations in Dunsborough and on Rottnest Island in. Volunteers from the WA AIDS Council conducted over 465 hours of outreach, handed out 10,000 condoms and supported young people to celebrate safely and look after their mates.
After Leavers the KISS team was on the GO! First up in December the team headed back to Rottnest Island for ‘Juvies week’. The KISS volunteers had lots of discussions with young people about keeping safe and handed out over a thousand safer sex packs. The team also assisted the staff on the Island.
Next up was Southbound – a swinging success! Partnering with The Department of Health to conduct outreach, distribute safer sex packs, and promote chlamydia testing over the two days in Busselton.
Well into the New Year it was time to pack up and go to Denmark Arts Festival which the team attended twice throughout the summer with a great response from a broader audience, with lots of parents asking questions to the KISS team.
At the end of the summer festivities KISS swung into HyperFest, with major headline acts, a whole day of alcohol and drug free fun, games and free stuff for young people. It was a great way to end to end the summer with KISS outreach.
KISS will continue to provide a holistic approach to young people’s sexual health and deliver a high standard of outreach.
The WA AIDS Council is looking forward to another successful summer with the always-on-the-go KISS team!