Name: Vitaliy Matievskiy
It’s worth to begin with the fact that I am a front man of a music band “OPEN SPACE”, which since December, 2011 performs as the Goodwill Ambassador of Y-PEER Network in Belarus. Moreover, it is very amusing for me not only to be the Goodwill Ambassador of youth peer education but to try it myself as a youth peer educator on HIV-prevention during the activities of Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs. My social activity started a few years ago when the United Nations Population Fund proposed the band “OPEN SPACE” to take part in a range of chargeless performances devoted to the prevention of family violence. The successful cooperation resulted in a proposal for the band to become the Goodwill Ambassador of Y-PEER Network in Belarus for a period of two years. That was very beneficial for us as youth peer education Goodwill Ambassadors to become a part of the process in some sense. We were involved in a training course on HIV-prevention which was held under the aegis of Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs – a youth non-governmental organization being an active member of Y-PEER Network in Belarus. There we discovered how the future youth peer educators are trained and what knowledge they gain and transmit. The training course was very important as it opened a new sphere of social activities. Being prepared as a youth peer educator on HIV-prevention I took a chance to try my new competences.
During these days, I am supporting in conducting of trainings and seminars on HIV-prevention and youth reproductive health being held for school, college and university students from different parts of the Republic of Belarus. In April, 2012 the band wrote a song “Do you remember” in three languages that became a so called anthem for its strong cooperation with United Nations Population Fund. In May, 2012 the band “OPEN SPACE” initiated and effectively participated in the II Republican Youth Automarathon Devoted to the World Day of Remembrance of AIDS Deaths. The activeness led to a surprising but pleasant result for me. I was chosen as the best Y-PEER volunteer of the Republic of Belarus in May. The next step was that I became the best Y-PEER volunteer of the 40 countries of the International Y-PEER Network in June. And I would probably say that this is not the end. The world around me still needs to be changed for the better.
«Never put it off for tomorrow if you can do it today»