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Focus on Youth with ImPACT (FOY)

Focus on Youth (FOY) is an after-school STI/HIV and teen pregnancy prevention program for African-American youth ages 12-15 years old. It aims to provide youth with the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves to make healthy decisions that will prevent unplanned pregnancy and STIs like HIV. The program uses fun, interactive activities such as games, role plays and discussions to communicate prevention knowledge and skills. FOY is an eight session program that takes place at community sites, recreation centers, after-school programs, or at the Children’s National Medical Center’s Shaw Clinic. Topics such as “Risks and Values,” “Examining Consequences,” and “Attitudes and Skills for Sexual Health” are examples that are covered during the eight weeks.

The FOY sessions take place during after-school time from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. The FOY program cycle lasts for two months. Programming will be offered from September to May 2012.

There is also a short component for parents, Informed Parents and Children Together (ImPACT), that assists them in areas such as parental monitoring and effective communication. The parent/guardian and their child meet with the Family Associate for a 90-minute session to help parents better communicate with their teens about sex, abstinence, STIs/HIV and condoms. We also ask that parents complete consent forms for their child to participate in the FOY program. The forms are required for youth participation in the program.

Focus on Youth with ImPACT has been identified by CDC’s Prevention Research Synthesis program as a Best-Evidence Effective Behavioral Intervention. The curriculum was founded on the Protection Motivation Theory with behavioral components such as self0efficacy, cultural and family influences, and vulnerability leading to intention and then action by the individual.

If you are a youth-serving organization or community site coordinator and would like to schedule a FOY cycle with your youth, contact Sabrina Simms at 202-476-2931.

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