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Our Programs

Showing the way How through Education:
A program designed specifically for our young girls ages 12- 17. The program is an eight-week course consisting of 50-minute sessions featuring open discussions, workshops, and guest speakers. The S.H.E. GIRLS Program stands for Showing the way How through Education. SMTWF will analyze and interpret the emotional and psychological effects of AIDS on young teenage girls. Specially selected guest speakers will encourage, educate, and provide mentorship to the young ladies attending the workshops. SMTWF believes that education and prevention will produce young people who are cautious to the dangers and alert to the responses of actions on the body.
 
Helping Others Live Life Affectively Because Actions Can Kill:
A program orchestrated in support of the emotional devastation that disreputably clouds young black males ages 12-17. With the HOLLA BACK Boys program, we welcome the candid and at times disturbing emotions of young boys dealing with AIDS, including fear, depression, repression, and aggression. These young boys will learn the attributes necessary to filter through emotions and psychological burdens as a result of former decisions, whether through unprotected sex or drug use.

"Young people in the United States are at persistent risk for HIV infection. This risk is especially notable for youth of minority races and ethnicities. Continual HIV prevention outreach and education efforts, including programs on abstinence and on delaying the initiation of sex, are required as new generations replace the generations that benefited from earlier prevention strategies. Unless otherwise noted, this fact sheet defines youth, or young people, as persons who are 13-24 years of age."

SHE and HOLLA BACK Program Topics include:
 
A. Sex, Emotions, and Self Respect – Youth receive counseling and mentorship on building self-esteem, and learn practical lessons on dealing with sex before marriage. Youth will recognize the different stages of emotions.
 
B. Sex, Alcohol, and Respect – Teens will learn national and local data statistics on Alcohol and Sexual Misconduct. Students will hear experts and guest speakers that offer learned life lessons and information on Sex, Alcohol, and Respect in a one hour workshop scheduled weekly.

C. Sex, STDs and Honesty – Sex, STDs and Honesty – Youth will recognize the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases and learn about Herpes, HIV, AIDS, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Genital Warts, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Genital Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Crabs or Pubic Lice, Hepatitis B, Serum Hepatitis, Nonspecific Arthritis (NSU), and Nongonoccal Arthritis. By knowing the details of these diseases and learning how each destroys the body youth will be able to proactively discern and make rational decisions based on the circumstances of actions taken.

D. Sex, Pregnancy, and Responsibility – A real life teen couple will share their story on sex and the repercussions and responsibilities following.

E. Sex, HIV, and Compassion – Youth will listen to two adults infected and living with AIDS. Youth will make the correlation of living with AIDS in a normal way.

F. Sex, Love, and Healthy Choices – Teens will hear why others have chosen abstinence. After evaluating the results and rewards of living healthier and more responsible lives youth will accomplish more.

G. Sex, Limits, and Self Discipline – Beginning with self-respect and discipline teens learn practical ways to handle sexual pressure.

H. Sex, Saying “NO” and Courage – Role playing allows students to use assertiveness in sharpening their skills.

Expected Results of SHE and HOLLA BACK Programs – Each program is six weeks long and will include a standard evaluation of results, lifestyle, and influence.

Teens learn how to express feelings openly with others
Teens realize the importance of a healthy way of life, acting on prevention methods, and practicing safe sex.

Individual results are measured by a Participant Data Analysis Form and Participant Enrollee Form. Evaluation which will be conducted by SMTWF quarterly and will involve participation and communication with parents.

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