Youth Programs

In recent years, Dorchester has been reported by the Boston Public Health Commission as an area of Boston with the highest cases of Chlamydia, a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), in youth. The lack of health education in schools, in addition to other social and environmental factors, is building a generation of youth with little to no health knowledge, especially in regards to sexual health. For many of the organizations and schools with which we work, our sexual health curriculums fill the gap that the absence of health education in the home and school creates. Our target populations are youth who live, go to school or participate in activities in the Boston Area and would benefit from gaining knowledge about HIV/STIs and sexual health.

 

For more information about our sexual health education curriculum and how we can bring these programs to your organization/youth, please contact: Prevention Services Hotline at (617) 533-2228 or email: Prevention@hhsi.us

Sexual Health Education

And Now What?

The ‘And Now What?’ program is a one time, 90-minute activity for Youth. The program can be done at schools, community based organizations or youth groups. The program can be adapted for youth of all ages and is designed to be run in medium to large sized groups of 15-40 people.

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Get Real

Get Real is a prevention program designed to delay the onset of sex and encourage correct and consistent use of protection methods when a person becomes sexually active by focusing on communication in relationships. It provides students with age-appropriate skills for avoiding STIs, HIV, and unplanned pregnancy and for accessing sexual health care. The program focuses on social skills as a key component of making responsible and healthy decisions. It is based on a behavior/determinant/intervention (BDI) logic model to promote positive sexual health behaviors and beliefs among students.
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Sexual Health Workshops

Our interactive sexual health workshops are two or three part presentations addressing HIV/STI risk factors, condom demonstrations, and common misconceptions surrounding sexual health. Our HIV 101 and STI 101 Presentations can be tailored for any age group and intend to provide information on how safer sex practices reduce one’s chance of becoming infected. In addition to these programs, we also can provide condom demonstrations, where youth can engage in experimental learning to practice these skills with both male and female models. Youth are also able to learn factors that can affect the effectiveness of condom use e.g. interaction between the type of lubrication and the material of the condom, substance use and following the proper steps.

 

Underage Drinking and Substance Use Prevention Education

Substance use is one of the most dangerous and accessible problems facing Dorchester teens. The Prevention Services team has recognized this and has designed a multi-faceted approach to substance use in our community. The Prevention Services team is implementing programs that educate teens on effects and risks of substance use and abuse on both their personal health and the health of the community they live in. In addition to the basic education programs Prevention Services has adopted the philosophy of having teens lead in the fight against substance abuse.

Underage Drinking 101 Presentations

Underage Drinking 101 is an interactive one-time training session that is brought out to local schools, community centers or other forums for youth to learn more about the effects of underage drinking on their bodies, choices and futures. This program can be tailored to various ages and time limitations and is a great way to get the importance of Underage Drinking education and prevention out to youth.

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs Presentation

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs is an engaging one-time educational session that can be brought to any location to bring to light the effects of prescription drug abuse. This presentation aims to help youth understand what makes a substance a prescription drug, how/why prescription drugs might be abused, and to learn the risks associated with prescription drugs abused.

Marijuana 101 Presentation

With marijuana use growing in popularity amongst youth, Marijuana 101 aims to teach youth the harms associated with marijuana use, share the most recent research and discuss the legal status of marijuana use in Massachusetts. The goal of this presentation is to help youth understand marijuana’s medicinal affects are for symptom-management and to help youth distinguish between facts and myths concerning marijuana. This presentation can be taught in a one-time training session in local schools, community center or other forums where youth are interested in learning more on marijuana.

Youth In Action

This 4 session program is designed to give pertinent and practical information to youth about underage drinking and substance abuse and the effects that these can have on healthy choices, specifically around STI/HIV prevention. This program is designed to meet youth where they are at and works with them to learn how to make change in their community through small actions or large changes. Students will participate in a variety of on and off site activities, trainings, and educational sessions all targeted at reducing risk for themselves and members of the Dorchester Community.

For more information about our underage drinking and substance use prevention education curriculum and how we can bring these programs to your organization/youth please contact: Prevention Services Hotline at (617) 533-2228 or email: Prevention@hhsi.us

The goal of And Now What? is to demonstrate to youth that many of the beliefs and social norms around HIV/STIs, sexual health, and substance abuse may be based on misconceptions or misinformation. By running an activity where youth are asked to agree/disagree with statements that reflect many of their beliefs about these topics a dialogue is started that will allow for differing points of view to be heard while offering youth and the facilitator an opportunity to provide accurate information and harm reduction strategies.

Click here for our And Now What? Fact Sheet

For more information or to have And Now What? come to your organization please contact:

Youth Services Hotline:  617-533-2228


Click here for our Get Real Fact Sheet

For more information or to have Get Real come to your organization contact:

Youth Services Hotline:  617-533-2228