Grant Program: HIV/AIDS Health Promotion and Education Program, FY 2007
Organization Name: Advocates for Youth
Organization Address: 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036
Phone Number: (202) 419-3420
Fax Number: (202) 419-1448
Title of Project: Empowering Young African American/Black Women to Prevent HIV Infection
Project Director: Jennifer Augustine
Description of Organization:
Advocates for Youth is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating programs that help young people, ages 13 to 24, make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. For more than 27 years, Advocates has provided information, training and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, AIDS-serving organizations, community-based organizations, decision makers and the media about science-based, best practices in adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
Description of project:
Advocates for Youth proposes a three-year project to empower young African American/black women ages 17 to 24 to acquire HIV risk avoidance and/or risk reduction behaviors. Advocates will work toward accomplishing four goals. Under Goal A, Advocates will assist the health centers at five HBCUs to provide culturally-appropriate HIV prevention services to reduce the risk of HIV infection among young women. Under Goal B, Advocates will work in partnership with the five HBCUs to help institutionalize a Young Women of Color Council on each campus. Under Goal C, Advocates, with assistance from the Councils, will create and place two HIV prevention media campaigns on each campus. Under Goal D, Advocates will foster collaboration with OMH and other stakeholders concerned about the health of young women of color.
Project partners include Alabama A&M University, Benedict College and South Carolina State University. At the end of year one of the project, Advocates for Youth will select two additional HBCU partners.
Major activities for the project include the following:
- Capacity building assistance (technical assistance, site visits, trainings, and seed grants) provided to HBCU partners to improve/expand their HIV prevention services for young African American/black women.
- Development of five campus-based Young Women of Color Leadership Councils
- Development of an education campaign to promote risk avoidance and risk reduction as well as HIV testing and council among young women of color.