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PROJETS VIH/SIDA Caraïbes Jamaica - Youth MSM Empowerment Project (YMEP)

Jamaica - Youth MSM Empowerment Project (YMEP)

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An initiative to help combat homophobia and its effects on the HIV/AIDS epidemic amongst young MSM.

Who's involved?

Project leaders: Peta-Ann Morris (Project Coordinator), Javan Campbell (MSM Coordinator) and Rochell Daley (Psychosocial Counselor)

Lead organisation: Children First Agency

Other organisations: Caribbean Vulnerable Communities; Jamaica Constabulary Force/CISOCA; Office of Childre Advocate; Child Development Agency; Ministry of National Security (Victim Support Unit); Comprehensive Clinic Centre; Office of the Children Registry; National AIDS Committee, Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education; Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN); Jamaica AIDS Support for Life; Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG)

Timeframe: May 2012 - February 2013


  • To strengthen knowledge and skills of our target group (50 young MSM aged 17-25) on HIV/AIDS and other STIs
  • To build the capacity of 20 key stakeholders to better relate to and interact with MSM, through targeted sesitisation sessions
  • To increase the availability of psycho-social support services for young MSM through advanced peer educator training for 10 MSM.


For Objective 1:

  • Create youth friendly edutainment drama presentation that uses cultural dance, songs and poetry to empower and promote awareness on MSM issues (in consultation with target population; drama presentations will be performed by the Children First group "Bashy Bus Kru").
  • Perform drama presentation at two pre-selected high schools.
  • Engage audience in question and anwer reinforcement sessions to explore what they have learnt from the drama presentation.
  • Conduct empowerment sessions with young MSM on HIV/STI prevention to help reduce their vulnerability.
  • Conduct VCCT testing and enhance existing referral mechanism of agencies providing information and services to MSM.
For Objective 2:
  • Conduct three focus group discussions with MSM to collect baseline data to inform the approach for workshops.
  • Conduct one workshop with 20 key stakeholders from health, education, social protection and law enforcement sectors to sensitze them to HIV/AIDS challenges, issues and developing trends occurring within the MSM population.
  • Conduct one workshop with both MSM and stakeholders to discuss best practices and how care and support can be improved for MSM.
  • From workshops held, develop a list of health care providers in targeted areas of New Kingston, Half-Way Tree communities and share with young MSM requiring services.
For Objective 3:
  • From the 50 young MSM, ten will be engaged in advanced peer education training:
  • Conduct eight advanced peer education sessions in life skills, human rights, conflict mediation, presentation skills and advocacy.
  • Conduct pre- and post-assessment.
  • Conduct risk-reducation and self-empoverment sessions.
  • Conduct recruitment and mobilisation of new young MSM into the programme in order to expand its reach.



Project Proposal [PDF]

Progress Report 1: 7 July - 14 Nov. 2012 [PDF]

Final Narrative Report: 15 Nov 2012 - 28 Feb 2013 [PDF] 

Final Report [PDF]