Red ribbon club (RRC)

To create an awareness about AIDS among students. This unit is functioning With 100 students both boys and girls.

About RED RIBBON CLUB

Red as a sign of warning is particularly relevant in the context of impressionable youth. At an age when sex is an adventure, an exploration of intrinsic desire, the thought of danger is far, far away. Yet, it is this group, defined by curiosity and boldness that is extremely vulnerable to AIDS. Youth is a nation's future. They are the trend setters, the leading lights of every home and therefore very influential. Target them and you target the nation. The Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a voluntary on-campus intervention programme for students in colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu. It has since acquired a momentum that will be a huge resource in Tamil Nadu's and India's fight against AIDS. The programme aims at harnessing the potential of educated youth and helps them to be the educators among their peers in the entire campus and the community at large.

Focusing Area

Red as a sign of warning is particularly relevant in the context of impressionable youth. At an age when sex is an adventure, an exploration of intrinsic desire, the thought of danger is far, far away. Yet, it is this group, defined by curiosity and boldness that is extremely vulnerable to AIDS. Youth is a nation's future. They are the trend setters, the leading lights of every home and therefore very influential. Target them and you target the nation. The Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a voluntary on-campus intervention programme for students in colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu. It has since acquired a momentum that will be a huge resource in Tamil Nadu's and India's fight against AIDS. The programme aims at harnessing the potential of educated youth and helps them to be the educators among their peers in the entire campus and the community at large.

Objectives

• RRC's activities are aimed towards five specific targets.Opening up a discussion or sexual behaviour change among youth.
• Identifying youth in the high- risk category on campus and transform their behaviour.
• Increasing the perception of risky activities in the youth. Creating of peer educators.
• Reaching out to non-RRC youth, non-collegiate youth and the general public.

Results

The rate at which the programme is gaining ground and the high level of motivated involvement of the entire team it guarantees a movement that will probably be a landmark in the global efforts to prevent AIDS. Significantly, in the early stages of the campaign, there is a marked involvement and participation from economically backward students. A fallout of the programme is that students gain organizational and networking skills which will be a great strength in any career they choose to pursue. Besides, of course, gaining much needed knowledge on health-related issues, sex and sexual behaviour and the impact of HIV/AIDS.