Focus on Youth with ImPACT
HIV is a preventable disease, and with education and awareness, the rates of infection can dramatically decrease. The Focus on Youth with ImPACT (Informed Parents and Children Together) project, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded initiative, educates children about the risks of unsafe sexual activity, and helps parents discuss sexual behavior and safe sex practices with their children. During the course of eight educational sessions, the Focus On Youth program teaches youth ages 12 - 15 the importance of respecting their values and morals, and the benefits of abstaining from early sexual activity. It also equips parents, through a mandatory adult educational curriculum, with the knowledge and communication tools necessary to keep their families healthy, and in the long run, to help stem the HIV epidemic. In FY 2011, 145 youth were enrolled in the Focus On Youth program; 110 of the youth graduated from the program attending at least 6 sessions.