The Adolescent Education Program sponsors two community adolescent projects based at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The two projects are the YHAP and PREP Projects. The Youth Health Advocate Program (YHAP) has trained Youth Health Advocates will focus on providing HIV/STD and HCV services to young people between the ages of 13-24. Advocates will provide evidence-based and medically accurate sexual education to young people living with HIV and to youth at the highest risk for HIV/STD/HCV; which includes LGBTQ, YMSM ,court-involved youth, children of incarcerated parents, and young women formerly involved in sex trafficking. Be Proud! Be Responsible! (BPBR) and Community PROMISE will be utilized to deliver these services to. BPBR is a six-week session that focuses on HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention. Community PROMISE is high impact prevention intervention that relies on role model stories to reduce HIV-risk behaviors and increase engagement in care and the understanding of PrEP/PEP usage for adolescents.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): This project provides pregnancy prevention information and two evidence based curriculum interventions for young people between the ages of 11-18. Making Proud Choices (MPC) and Be Proud! Be Responsible (BPBR) are conducted in after-school and school based settings. The Peer Leaders write, direct and perform in a monthly YouTube Web Series called The CHAT, which tackles youth sexual health issues from a young person’s point of view.
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