Interior AIDS Association

Interior AIDS Association
710 3rd Ave Fairbanks AK 99701

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Making Proud Choices! Curriculum taught to youth in treatment facilities

Our mission: IAA'S mission is to reduce the spread of HIV by providing meaningful and effective education and prevention services to individuals and groups who may be at increased risk; and to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS by providing early intervention, case management, and other support services.

My name is Valerie, my coworkers name is Ashley, and Brenda is our supervisor.  We are IAA's prevention team.  Every Wednesday, our prevention team goes and teaches the Making Proud Choices! Be Proud! Be Responsible! curriculum at our local youth residential treatment facilities.  It emphasizes a safer-sex approach to HIV/STDs and teen pregnancy prevention.  In addition to being fun and interesting, this program is identified by the CDC as a "Program that works".  At the beginning of every class, we make sure to tell our class that we are not promoting sexual activity, but providing them with useful knowledge that they can use or pass on to others.  During my short time as a Prevention Specialist, I have personally seen attitudes changed and myths dispelled about HIV/STDs and pregnancy in people who have taken this class.  Ashley and Brenda have experience in teaching this class, as for myself, I taught my first one yesterday!  It went very well, and I look forward to teaching more.  I am excited because I wish that I had been taught these skills and facts to protect myself when I was their age.

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