HIV, STD, and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention
The District of Columbia is seeking to increase the percentage of schools
that deliver HIV, STD, or pregnancy prevention programs (including after school or
supplemental programs) that meet the needs of ethnic/racial minority youth at high
risk (e.g., black, Hispanic, or American Indian youth) by doing all of the following:
- Providing curricula or supplementary materials that include pictures, information,
and learning experiences that reflect the life experiences of these youth in their
- Providing curricula or supplementary materials in the primary languages of the
youth and families.
- Facilitating access to direct health services or arrangements with providers
not on school property who have experience in serving these youth in the community.
- Facilitating access to direct social services and psychological services or
arrangements with providers not on school property who have experience in serving these
youth in the community.
- Requiring professional development for school staff on HIV, STD, and pregnancy
prevention issues and resources for these youth.
- Provide three professional development trainings for school staff on lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) cultural competence.
- Host two leadership development trainings for LGBTQ youth, including organizations
that support these youth.
- Increase the number of gay-straight alliances in District of Columbia (DC) public and
charters schools by five sites.
The District of Columbia is seeking to increase the percentage of
schools in which students’ family or community members have helped develop or implement HIV
prevention, STD prevention, or teen pregnancy prevention policies and programs.
- Implement Project SCOPE (Schools Collaborating on Prevention Education) in 25 DC public
and charter schools. Project SCOPE is a partnership between the Office of the State
Superintendent, DC Public Schools, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of
the United States (SIECUS) that builds the capacity of schools’ teams, which are generally
comprised of a health teacher, a counselor, a nurse, a principal, and/or a parent who complete
a needs assessment and action plan to deliver HIV/STD prevention education.
- Provide support, guidance, and technical assistance to a Youth Advisory Council comprised of
17 youth from across DC who receive training in core competencies around reproductive health, HIV,
pregnancy and STD prevention, stigma reduction, power and gender, and LGBTQ issues; who serve as
education and outreach workers at community events; and who work with other peer leaders to develop
youth lead education and training programs focused on adolescent risks and health needs.
The District of Columbia is seeking to increase the percentage of schools that have a
policy or policies that address all of the following issues:
- Attendance of students with HIV infection.
- Procedures to protect HIV-infected students and staff from discrimination.
- Maintaining confidentiality of HIV-infected students and staff.
- Conduct five professional development events for DC public and charter school teachers
designed to increase their knowledge of HIV, STD, and teen pregnancy prevention.
- Expand professional development opportunities by offering two Web-based trainings for
teachers to enhance their knowledge of HIV, STDs, and teen pregnancy prevention.