District of Columbia: Metro TeenAIDS Pairs Education With Ambition
June 23, 2008
Against a backdrop of the nation's top AIDS rate, Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) began this year targeting District of Columbia public school sophomores for HIV prevention and awareness. The nonprofit traditionally performs outreach to students in grades seven through 12.
"Our goal is to reach every 10th grader in D.C. public schools," said Saba Tsegaye, MTA's school services manager. "We're on our way there, we're actually getting there."
Already this year, MTA has visited every public school in the District. MTA's eight- to 10-week "Making Proud Choices" curriculum helps teens build confidence and learn about negotiating skills, as well as about HIV and other sexual health issues.
"I enjoy working with youth, I like seeing youth that don't have as much confidence, seeing them develop confidence and develop skills to take on the world," said Tsegaye, who studied public health at the University of Maryland and has worked with MTA for two years.
MTA hopes to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS at an early age and help teens develop their understanding of the disease on their own terms: what it is, what it is not, and how one can get tested.
5.15.2008; Phillip Lucas
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.