ABCD Community Prevention offers Sexual Health, HIV/STI Prevention, Wellness Education, Personal Development/Empowerment Programs and Community Events in the greater Boston area. Our programs are trauma informed, integrate gender and cultural pride, and are inclusive to reach youth and young adults in the community who may not use—or trust—conventional sources of care and information. Our goal is to ensure that young people's rights to information, health education, wellness, and care are accessible in our community to support their overall well-being. Community Prevention programs provide high-quality HIV/STI prevention, sexual health, and wellness education for youth and young adults where they live, learn, and leisure:
- Research shows sex education reduces the rates of unplanned pregnancies and STIs. It also shows that young people make better health and lifestyle decisions (free from fear and stigma) when they are educated to make informed decisions about their bodies, health, and relationships.
- Our core education models are evidence-based and show positive impacts on supporting the health and well-being of young people and are attuned to the context and social conditions affecting communities in which our young people live.
- The programs we offer have a focused population-based on funder guidelines and work to ensure they are open to and inclusive of young people in our community.
- Our program staff are trained and representative of the young people we serve in the community.
- Community programs are offered at no cost to agencies and young people and often provide participants with incentives for completing our programs.
- “Healthy Visions” is held every January; “Black Women’s Heal Day” in April; “Love Your Menses” in May, and many more themed events such as World AIDS Day, Protect Your Black Girl Magic, and Young Moms Power Meet-ups.
- Our programs have served women reentering society after leaving prison; family planning programs for men; coalition work to examine issues of teen pregnancy; HIV/STI testing for Boston residents, and social media campaigns to increase awareness about HIV/STI and other health care disparities in the community.