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The mission of the Adolescent Education Program (AEP) is to provide education regarding HIV prevention, teen pregnancy, and substance use through skills building and counseling to youth at risk. The program provides age, language and culturally appropriate education to teens to ensure that they receive adequate information regarding prevention as well as medical and social services. Teens Helping Each Other (THEO), the program's peer education project, trains at-risk adolescents to become peer educators utilizing improvisational interactive theater learning tools such as games, short skits, songs/raps, plays and videos about HIV-related issues to facilitate discussions. The teens make presentations at schools, churches, and community programs that serve adolescents. The program also provides training to community-based adolescent service providers and facilitates the development of HIV-related services for youth organizations. These services are directly integrated with SUNY Downstate's Ryan White funded Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program, which coordinates a planning process among Brooklyn-based youth service providers to establish additional HIV counseling and testing services for youth. The program is funded by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute and Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health.
Reports To: Director, Adolescent Education Program
Responsibilities: Responsible for recruiting and retaining adolescents for the AEP’s PREP Pregnancy Prevention Project. Assist in training and supervising the PREP Peer leaders. Develop and maintain contacts with community-based organizations (CBOs). Schedule community presentations and provide support for peer leaders. Facilitator will collaborate with clinics to provide clinical referrals for at-risk youth for HIV C/T, pregnancy prevention services and STD screenings. Conduct evidence-based curriculum sexual health presentations to CBOs, churches, after-school programs and clinics.
Qualifications: REQUIRED: Bachelor's Degree in Community Health, Social Work or Education with 2 years experience or an Associate’s Degree with 3 years experience. Must be able to conduct health workshops in a community setting. Must possess office skills and be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint presentations. PREFERRED: Experience working with adolescents around sexual health issues and prevention education.
How to Apply:
Interested persons should mail their resume and a letter of introduction to:
Christine Rucker, MA
Adolescent Education Program
SUNY Downstate Medical Center