Teen HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is the Project’s activity that brings prevention experts and students together to dialogue and participate in various activities, including art, to learn of ways to protect themselves from HIV infection. As teenagers learn about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections they are given tools to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Awareness days have been held in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia, PA. ETAH will be coming to other cities in 2010!
The Youth Peer Advocate (YPA) Program encourages teens to assume leadership roles in their schools to involve their peers in planning and implementing HIV/AIDS awareness programs during the Month of March.
Focus on Youth with ImPACT
Focus on Youth with ImPACT (FOY) is a community-based program that gives youth the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). As an adapted Effective Behavioral Intervention (DEBI), Focus on Youth targets African American youth 12 to 15 years of age and their parents in non-school settings. ETAH staff has been trained to conduct this CDC approved intervention and will begin a FOY session in the summer of 2009.
Be Proud! Be Responsible! is a small group skills building and motivational intervention to increase knowledge of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and to increase positive attitudes and intentions to avoid risky sexual behaviors among African-American male adolescents. ETAH staff has been trained to conduct this CDC approved intervention and will begin sessions in the spring of 2012.
College Awareness Day brings ETAH's approach to HIV/AIDS prevention education to college and university campuses. Working with existing student organizations ETAH helps increase HIV/AIDS Awareness, promote HIV/STI education, and involve interested students in our other activities.
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Girls® (HWWG) program was developed in 2008 as a response to our Challenges activity at our Teen HIV/AIDS Awareness Days. During those small group sessions, there was a consistent theme that predominately came from the female participants; whether it was money for prom, money to pay cell phone bills, balancing work and school money was consistently listed as a challenge. The program includes sessions on women’s/girl’s health topics, financial education, and opportunities to meet successful women with a focus on women in the girls’ area of interest. Through the program girls will develop a deeper understanding of women’s/girl’s health topics and learn skills to become financially independent and acheive their goals.
Project Hope and Dreams© focuses on empowering youth to understand how they can take control of their lives and facilitates participants’ ability to make connections about how their everyday decisions impact their education, chances for survival, health and wellbeing. The mission of Project Hopes and Dreams is to renew the hopes of youth and provide them with opportunities to realize their dreams through creating a safe, supportive environment and youth-driven program.
The Live Life without the Disease Series® was developed as a reponse to our
participants' request that we involve their parents in their HIV/AIDS prevention
education. ETAH took advatage of this rare desire for parental involvement in
this age group and developed as series of health related events and activities for
teens and their parents/guardians. "Live Life without the Disease" is a message
created by our teen participants during their mural project at our Teen HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day in 2006.
Manchester Reads was established in 2012 in response to our adpotion of Pittsburgh
Manchester (PreK-8) to update their library and better address the needs of their students.
ETAH collaborated with Sam's Club and CORO Pittsburgh's NEXT Leaders Northside
program to update the school library. The project has three components (1) Ready
to Read (2) Manchester Reads (3) Pass it On. As a part of Ready to Read, adults
from the community read to individual elementary school students.