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Re-Imagining HIV/Substance Abuse Prevention for African-American/Black Young Men in Urban Communities. Allen Kwabena Frimpong People for the American Way:Young People For Leadership Academy Fellow Brick Rebuilding, Project Coordinator at the Harm Reduction Coalition.

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Re-Imagining HIV/Substance Abuse Prevention for African-American/Black Young Men in Urban Communities

Allen Kwabena Frimpong

People for the American Way:Young People For Leadership Academy Fellow

Brick Rebuilding, Project Coordinator at the Harm Reduction Coalition

societal factors and its influence on at risk youth of color
Societal factors and its influence on at-risk youth of color
  • Formative survey research ( 4 focus groups) was conducted in Newark, NJ in the Fall of 2007 - 39 participants (23 male, 16 female) Predominantly African-American/Black and Latino participants, 12-18 years old.
  • Focus groups were done to create a harm reduction based prevention intervention program for urban youth of color in Newark titled, Brick Rebuilding to:
  • Identify feelings and attitudes about problems in the participants’ community.
  • Observe how feelings and attitudes about social problems affect drug use in a young person’s life.
  • Point out what motivates participants to engage in sexual practices.
  • Look at how young peoples’ motivational factors may place them at risk when engaging in unsafe sexual practices.
  • Find out what will make youth invest more in their own personal safety and well-being.
taking a look at african african black men in the juvenile system bethany cares a case study
Taking a look at African-African/Black Men in the Juvenile System:Bethany Cares, A Case Study
  • Bethany Cares is a program of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ that works with Essex County Residential Correctional House as a re-entry program.
  • This program was one of the focus groups for the Brick Rebuilding project It included ten predominantly African-American/Black young men ages 16-18.
  • Before the focus group was conducted. A survey was taken to find out the number of participants who were sexually active and/or had participated in drug use to help inform the discussion.
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