Increasing HIV Awareness in Youth
One of the goals of the APP Program is to provide vulnerable youth with STI and HIV/AIDS prevention education. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Visit disclaimer page , youth ages 13 to 24 account for more than 1 in 5 of all new HIV cases; and more than half of youth living with HIV don’t know they have it. FYSB encourages PREP grantees to become familiar with the HHS Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent HIV/AIDS Prevention National Resource Center Visit disclaimer page , which provides innovative content to empower youth-serving providers and peer leaders to meet the needs of youth at highest risk for HIV/AIDS.
The Resource Center consists of the What Works in Youth HIV website Visit disclaimer page , featuring evidence-based interventions, prevention strategies, ways to convey HIV education information in a youth-friendly way, and social media and marketing strategies.
Have you ever heard of Periscope? The social media section Visit disclaimer page of the What Works in Youth HIV website offers youth workers a primer on this platform as well as Snapchat, YikYak, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The What Works team offers youth workers a range of capacity-building opportunities — such as helping a program adapt an evidence-based or promising practices intervention to its community context — and provides technical assistance (TA) on how to use digital tools to reach youth.
What Works staff members can provide one-on-one virtual TA consultations and distance-based learning opportunities including webinars, Twitter chats, conference calls, and videos.