MAP welcomes eleven new Peer Advocates!

MAP is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program adapted from the evidence-based Community PROMISE model. MAP works with a core group of Peer Advocates (PAs) ages 15-18 to develop HIV prevention messages for youth in New Orleans.

MAP is thrilled to welcome eleven new Peer Advocates to the program! These PAs were selected from a competitive pool of over 75 applicants and 30 interviews; they come from three parishes and nine high schools across the city. The program year began on October 2nd and PAs are currently being trained in the MAP curriculum.

Welcome the 2012-2013 MAP Cohort:

Cadaija Austin, 15
Adjonea Dudley, 15
Twanna Every, 15
Kenneth Johnson, 17
Shayla Langston, 17
Brianne Lewis, 17
Azia Mitchell, 18
Jai Mose, 15
Darren Scioneaux, 17
DeVante Turner, 15
Daniel Wright , 15

MAP staff had a busy fall attending citywide events. MAP offered sexual health presentations to youth at the following locations:

MAP also participated in the Stomp the Violence Back II School Bash.

Check out MAP’s NEWEST film, the Role Model StoryCountdown, which is about a young woman’s decision to protect herself after considering the possible consequences of unprotected sex.

MAP is currently developing a social marketing campaign, PAUSE, to promote HIV testing amongst bi-sexual youth of color in New Orleans. This campaign was informed by over 170 local youth who participated in MAP’s formative research through focus groups, interviews, and the IWES Youth Sexual Health Survey. Look out for PAUSE’s launch on December 1st, World AIDS Day, with an Instagram photo campaign!


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