Living for Tomorrow a NIKK (Nordic Institute for Women Studies) project that was based in Estonia in collaboration with the Tallinn AIDS Prevention Centre. It was a three-year development and research project (1998-2000) aimed at developing sexual health awareness and safer sexual behaviors among young people, with a focus on gender, youth perspectives and active learning processes.
The first phase of the Living for Tomorrow project took place in 1998. It entailed bringing together people from gender research, sexual health and education in "capacity building" training sessions to explore new methods for approaching gender-focused sexual safety with young people.
In spring 1999, a core-group from the capacity building launched the second phase of the project. Core-group organized “8 days sexual health workshop” to teenagers from Estonian and Russian families in Tallinn. The workshops facilitated active participation and a two-way learning process for the youths and adults involved.
The third phase of the project (spring 1999 - winter 2000) were spent for follow-up work from the training sessions and workshops. The teenagers involved started to produce new kind of sexual health information materials. In addition, there was collected data from Nordic and Baltic countries on teen attitudes about men, women and sex, both informing the project while underway and providing material for project publications and comparative analyses.
NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Living for Tomorrow (reg. 80107048) was founded on August 17, 1999. The NGO was founded because of the very good experience from the project Living for Tomorrow. Some people from the core-group were seeking more effective ways to make sexual information and education that young people receive more interesting, understandable, and acceptable by way of participatory learning facilitating gender awareness.
NGO members have received a 6-day training in the respective field provided by NIKK (The Nordic Institute for Women’s Studies and Gender Research). Further training and self-educating is also part of our work.
Having people with different educational, social, and ethnic backgrounds work as a team affords a more many-sided information and diverse points of view. We have experience conducting lectures and seminars in different languages – Estonian, Russian and English