Teens Against the Spread of AIDS (TASA)
Teens against the Spread of AIDS (TASA) is a program for high school students ages 16 – 18 from the Washington, DC area. Using theater, poetry, and hip hop, TASA members educate their peers, parents, and health professionals about important teen health concerns, including HIV, sexuality, and violence.
Why We Created TASA for Teens
The District of Columbia has the highest rate of HIV infection in the country and many people don’t even know they even have it. Through the program, teens become peer and public educators about the risks of getting the disease, how to be tested, and how to find medical care and help.
How the Program Works
TASA participants create interactive workshops and performances to teach other teens and the community about HIV and health concerns that teens have to deal with on a daily basis. TASA members commit to the program for one to two years. Members participate in training on health education and twice a month performance workshops.
Unlike theater where actors read from a script, TASA members perform scenarios that ask the audience to help decide, shape, question, and examine issues. The workshops often focus on how to handle situations that put youth at risk, and provide facts about teen health issues. After each performance, TASA members provide information about health services for teens at Children’s National Medical Center, including HIV testing.
Where is TASA
TASA trainings take place every Wednesday from 4 – 6 pm, October – May, at the Comp Clinic. TASA Members perform in various locations throughout the District. They have shared, presented, and performed at many engagements and contributed to the field of adolescent medicine. Performance workshops take place on alternating Wednesdays.
Come out, meet new friends while learning how to educate your peers, earn community service credit, and develop leadership skills. Please call 202–476-5449 in advance for the meeting location. Sign up for TASA here!
Contact Information for Physicians
If you are a physician and would like to schedule a TASA workshop for your staff, please send an e-mail to Kerriann Peart or call 202-476-5449.
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