HIV/Drug Abuse Awareness/Teen Pregnancy

The project design incorporates a model of using youth leadership to establish a peer based program of personal responsibility leading to positive outcomes with respect to HIV/Aids and Drug Awareness. This project will impact 12 teens who will serve on the Youth Leadership Council as planners and conveners of the Summit. Another 175-200 teens will be impacted through educational and informative sessions.

We anticipate further benefit/impact as a result of teen participation in the Summit.

  • Increase youth knowledge of sexual health, healthy relationships, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and resources available in the community
  • Abstinence education
  • Increase Youth Leadership participation in local civic and community activities
  • Connecting youth at risk for HIV to testing, medical services, and social services
  • Incorporating and distributing already developed, evaluated, and packaged public health materials
  • Supporting healthy youth development

The Rotary Club of Thomasville continues to have a powerful impact in our community. Local sororities, grassroots organizations continue involvement. We've increased parental involvement and other civic, social, and religious organizations' involvement in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. Abstinence & HIV sessions Continue. The Youth Council presented (2020) at the office of Population National Conference with more than 100 attending their breakout session.

update: The 13th annual teen conference was held November 14th (virtual & face-face) and 45 youth attended in person and 200 Viewed via social media; a smaller number in attendance due to COVID. Social Distancing was observed. YLC member was appointed to serve on the Board.