Iris House Teen Girls Group
Thursday, September 12, 2013 • 10:55pm
PLAINFIELD, NJ - Iris House has been providing services for women affected by HIV for twenty years in New York City, and for the last two in Central New Jersey. One of their many effective programs for teenage girls is SiHLE, which stands for, "Sister, Informing, Healing, Living, Empowering." The program engages 14-18 year old African American Girls in a range of topics related to growing up.
SiHLE is an adaptation of SISTA, aimed at providing HIV prevention for adult African American women. It is a peer led, group social skills training-level intervention that is designed to decrease sexual risk behavior among African American and Latina teenage girls, ages 14-18, that are at high risk for HIV.
Not only does SiHLE provide HIV prevention information, but also addresses relationships, dating, and sexual health in a culturally sensitive context that is relevant to current youth experience. It addresses other topics such as STI prevention, communication skills, and gender and ethnic pride. In short, it helps young women learn how to respect themselves and demand respect from their boyfriends and partners. SiHLE consists of four three hour sessions, delivered by two peer facilitators (ages-18-21) and one adult facilitator.
The group meets weekly at Iris House in Plainfield, NJ. Transportation assistance is provided to and from the location for each session, and a light meal is provided. At the last session of the four week program each group member receives a certificate of completion, a $40 gift card, and a specially designed t-shirt. Participants who refer a friend to participate in the current or an upcoming cycle will receive a $20 gift for each girl who completes the group intervention.
For more information, call 908-342-3924/908-561-5057 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org