Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc.
741 8th Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 675-9340 (Phone)
(202) 675-9358 (Fax)
Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc., founded in 1974, has been conducting HIV/AIDS education and outreach to D.C. minority youth for 19 years, and it is the only organization that serves all target populations of CHAT program, such as runaway youth, homeless youth, substance abusers, youth involved in prostitution.GRANT PROJECT INFORMATION
Sasha Bruce Youthwork and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington CHAT Demonstration
This project intends to utilize a peer-to-peer outreach model and Web 2.0 technologies to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission among Washington, D.C., minority youth, primarily African Americans. The geographic focus will be Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8, which have the highest rates of HIV/AIDS coupled with the greatest density of sexually-active minority youth, widespread substance abuse and low condom use. The project will use two evidence-based curricula, Street Smart and Community PROMISE, to provide HIV/AIDS education and outreach. Key activities include recruiting and training peer educators to provide HIV/AIDS counseling and education and serve as outreach workers, conducting Street Smart Workshops for at-risk youth, providing HIV testing and referral services; and using new technologies to reinforce risk reduction messages. To document how the program is functioning, the project will undergo evaluation, including number of tasks performed, number of youth served, the number and kinds of services provided. Key informant interviews, on-site observations, documents reviews will be used to collect the data. It is expected that the project will increase exposure to positive role models and HIV/AIDS knowledge and reduce high-risk behaviors among youth.
OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute:
- Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems