Kati Standefer wrote -
We all know youth use technology--like, a lot of it. From Facebook to Tumblr to texting, teens connect, learn, evolve and even date online.
For the last ten years, peer educators in the SHAPE program have been working to prevent unplanned pregnancy and HIV transmission in their communities. Recently, they've added a Facebook page and Formspring account, reaching out to their peers in the spaces where they spend the most time.
This spring, SHAPE is hoping to send three of its peer educators to San Francisco for the SexTech Conference. By attending this conference, SHAPErs will be gaining cutting-edge outreach tools that will directly benefit the youth of this community. Individual SHAPErs will also have the opportunity to network with peer educators from across the country, developing their own leadership skills.
Remind me what SHAPE stands for?
SHAPE is the Sexual Health and AIDS Awareness Peer Education program. The group exists as a collaboration between the Boulder County AIDS Project and the Boulder Valley Women's Health Center, and consists of thirteen Boulder & Broomfield County youth who are trained to become sexual health experts. SHAPErs outreach to their peers by presenting in schools, tabling at community events, distributing condoms, and collaborating with other area peer education groups.
Sex::Tech 2012 is a two-day annual conference hosted by ISIS, Inc. that brings health and technology professionals together with youth, parents and community leaders to advance the sexual health of youth in the U.S. and abroad. Sex::Tech is the only conference event that showcases high-tech educational content (mobile, social media, Internet) developed by professionals, highlights national and local program successes, and puts youth leadership at the forefront.
Where can I read more?
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes! By supporting SHAPE's trip to SexTech, you are making a donation to Boulder Valley Women's Health Center, an approved 501(c)3 organization.