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A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC
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A Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC

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  • 1. The Grassroot ProjectA Sports-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facilitated by College Athletes in Washington DC CDC National HIV Prevention Conference “Bringing HIV Prevention to the Campus: Recent Interventions for and by College Students” Presenter: Tyler Spencer
  • 2. Intro Clip
  • 3. Adult HIV/AIDS Prevalence for Selected Countries Congo 3.5 Nigeria 3.1District of Columbia 3 Rwanda 2.8 Ethiopia 2.1 Angola 2.1 Ghana 1.9 Senegal 1 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4
  • 4. NCAA AthletesThere are over380,000 studentathletes, andmost of us go proin somethingother thansports.
  • 5. Grassroots Education Model Step 1: Athletes2Coaches Course (Training of Trainers)Step 2: 8-week Grassroot Interventions (Programme Roll-Out)
  • 6. Athletes as role models.
  • 7. Games as learning metaphor.
  • 8. Sports as hook.
  • 9. Growth• 2009; 3 sites, 40 volunteers (1 university)• 2010; 9 sites, 90 volunteers (2 universities)• 2011; 25 sites, 250 volunteers (3 universities)
  • 10. Pilot Results• “Athletes are cooler than my parents, not as judgmental as my peers.”• Significant improvements in HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs.• Planning a Cluster RCT in (hope to launch in January 2012).
  • 11. Future Growth• 3,600 students per year in 60 (of 77) schools that enroll 7th grade students• 720 student athlete HIV/AIDS educator “Grassroot Coaches” from 5 Division I athletic programs in DC Metro Area• Proven efficacy by CDC PRS criteria for Best- Evidence Interventions
  • 12. Lessons Learned1. Make being engaged in tough issues likeHIV/AIDS, stigma reduction, sexual health fun.2. Make college (and middle school!) studentsunderstand that they can have a unique impact onan important issue.3. Understand what makes your volunteers tick. – Athletes = competition, challenge, hard work rewarded – Kids = nontraditional sex ed, fun, trusting relationships
  • 13. Challenges• As a program run completely by young people under the age of 25,we have learned that partnerships and capacity building support have been essential in scaling up our interventions. MTV Staying Alive Our African partner DC Department of Health DoSomething.org Our Universities
  • 14. Questions?

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