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Empowering African-American/black college students to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS risk factors and acquire HIV risk avoidance/reduction behaviors

Grantee Information

Advocates for Youth
2000 M Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 419-3420 (Phone)
(202) 419-1448 (Fax)

Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, the mission of Advocates for Youth is to advocate for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health and help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

Grant Project Information

Empowering African-American/black college students to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS risk factors and acquire HIV risk avoidance/reduction behaviors
Jennifer Augustine
(202) 419-3420


The purpose of this project is to address the disproportionate rates of HIV infection and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among African-American youth. An important objective of the project is to partner with student health centers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Georgia and Mississippi, and community based health care facilities - AID Atlanta, and Building Bridges, respectively. Activities will include peer influence initiatives, such as peer education, leadership and capacity-building services. The activities will consist of on-site technical assistance, tailored skill-building training and seed grants to aid project development and implementation. The intended outcomes of this project include improving health outcomes for the target population, behavior modification on the part of participants, and more efficient use of resources through partnerships. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, data will be collected on a range of performance measures, including the number of individuals who participated in the one-on-one trainings, the group trainings and the education programs, the number of individuals who know their serostatus and the number of audiences reached by different media campaigns.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute (check all that apply):

  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

Key (not more than five) Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives (by number and name) towards which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines at).

  • HP 2010 13-7: increase the number of HIV-positive persons who know their serostatus
  • HP 2010 13-3: increase the proportion of HIV-infected adolescents and adults who receive testing, treatment, and prophylaxis consistent with current PHS treatment guidelines

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