YOUTH AT RISK PROGRAM

FACTS

These alarming statistics are the basis for Indiana Cares’ “youth focused” HIV/AIDS prevention/education program. This program was developed by Youth for Youth! Most of us know the basics about HIV/AIDS, but many still engage in risky behaviors.

These alarming statistics are the basis for Indiana Cares’ “youth focused” HIV/AIDS prevention/education program. This program was developed by Youth for Youth! Most of us know the basics about HIV/AIDS, but many still engage in risky behaviors.

We aren’t going to just lecture!

We offer teens the opportunity to exchange dialogue about peer pressure, self-esteem, personal responsibility, the choice to delay sexual activity, drug and alcohol use and how these things effect HIV transmission. We also talk about things like SAFE tattooing and body piercing.

Here are some things to think about:

And what about STDs (sexually transmitted disease)?

Getting an STD can change your life forever!! While all STDs are treatable, some of them are still not curable!

So, what can you do about it ? Is there a way for you to help other teens from becoming infected with HIV and STDs? The answer is YES !

The Indiana Cares, “Youth At Risk” program has several ways that you can help:

Here is what a few of our Prevention Advisory Group members have to say about why they have become active members of “Youth At Risk”:

Kylene : I’m a Junior at Carmel High School. I was introduced to Paula French (program director) and “Youth At Risk” by the leader of the CHS AIDS Task Force, Meredith. When she graduated, I was to take charge of the Task Force. Paula and Youth at Risk are making it easier to take control of such a huge job. My older sister started the AIDS Task Force and sparked many questions about HIV/AIDS in me. I began doing research, basing many school papers and projects on HIV/AIDS. At my Junior High I brought up the idea of HIV/AIDS education and awareness to my principal and started from there. I’ve never had anyone close to me die from an AIDS related illness and that’s why I’m determined to educate people, so no one has to go through the pain of losing someone to this disease.

Rebecca, Senior at North Central: I first got interested in AIDS after attending AIDS Week at my school my freshman year. I always wanted to do something important. Knowing how serious the disease and all of its affects are, I joined this group. It gives me a chance to do something no matter how big or small to change or help one person. That one person will have a better, healthier, safer life. I feel that every person has the ability to make a difference. I hope as one group we can work together to not only make a difference, but also to have a lasting effect on many people, especially young people who are at the highest risk.

Jennifer: I’m a Senior at Park Tudor School. My father is a doctor at the infectious disease area at IUPUI Medical School. Now, due to the rising cases of HIV and AIDS, most of his patients are HIV/AIDS patients. So really, I have always been hearing about the disease. But lately due to the rising cases among youth, I decided to get involved with HIV/AIDS prevention among my peers and other teens who didn’t know a whole lot about the disease. My father told me about Indiana Cares. When I called to volunteer it was about the same time that Paula was starting the Youth At Risk Program. I am now an active member of the program and I am trying to work on programs at my school.

Mollie: I’m a Senior at North Central High School. I met Micheal Breese the Spring of my freshman year. At that time, he was the project director for Stop AIDS Indiana. It was then that I decided to volunteer. I have been active in the HIV/AIDS community ever since. This past April, Paula called and asked if I would like to be a part of a new program called Youth At Risk. AIDS is a very important issue to me. I refuse to watch my generation die without a fight.

Remember..... Future generations will turn to you and ask:

“What did you do to end the AIDS crises?”

If you are interested in any part of the program, just give us a call.

Ask for Paula at 317-920-1200, ext.305; or 800-276-6443.

Or e-mail Paula at:

hivprevention@minfod.com

The Youth At Risk Program is a program of Indiana Cares, Inc., funded by grants from The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis and Youth As Resources.

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