Healthy Youth Program (HYP) Projects
- GIRL TALK: Growing Into Responsible Leaders Talking About Love and Kinship
- CARES: Chicago Adolescent Risk and Evaluation Study
- Wise Women: Social and Cultural Factors Related to HIV-Risk Among African American Women
- PHAT Life: HIV Prevention for Youth in Juvenile Justice
- Project STYLE: Strengthening the Youth Life Experience
- Project BALANCE: HIV Prevention for Youth in Therapeutic Day Schools
- Psychiatric Disorders Among Youth Substance Users
- Mobile Youth Study (MYS): Gene-environment interaction effects on HIV risk
- Keep It Up!: Internet-based HIV prevention with young MSM that recently tested HIV negative
- Project Q2: Prevalence and longitudinal predictors of health risks and resilience among LGBT youth
- YIP: Queer Youth Internet Project
- TORQ: Intervention Development: Reducing HIV Risk in Vulnerable Youth
- Project Q: HIV Risk in Vulnerable Youth
Healthy Youth Program (HYP)
Web Site: http://www.psych.uic.edu/HYP
Primary Researchers: Geri Donenberg, PhD and Brian Mustanski, PhD
(1) To empower youth and families from diverse and traditionally underserved populations to lead safer, risk-free lives by promoting health and creating awareness of HIV/AIDS in their communities. We will:
- communicate with youth about their risks and the facts about STIS
- develop empirically based HIV prevention programs for youth and families that are culturally relevant and appropriate for the community
- establish partnerships with local community agencies to help adolescents and their parents reduce risky behavior
- integrate health, clinical care, and psychopathology in our research paradigms
- train future professionals who will share the knowledge gained through our research with others through presentations, publications, and direct services.
Taken together, these activities will inform public policy, basic research, and intervention science to stem the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Chicago and across the nation.
(2) To reflect the diversity and strengths of the community we serve. We will:
- create a work environment that promotes teamwork, respect for one other, professional growth, and an appreciation of differences
- train and hire people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
- encourage participation among staff in all aspects of the research
- consistently discuss how culture, class, and ethnicity may impact our work and our relationships.
Our commitment to these goals will enable us to serve our surrounding community with greater empathy, compassion and wisdom.