project has empowered and inspired me
to work with youth. I was able to reach
young people through forums and provide
information and skills that can help
others make healthier decisions."
- Peer Educator
The Latina HIV/AIDS Prevention
Leadership Ahora! Project is based on a family-centered
approach that targets young Latinas; young men
who have sex with men (YMSM), their partners,
extended family and peers. Emphasizing the importance
of reducing homophobia and the stigma of HIV and
sexuality in the Latino community, AHORA! works
with young Latinas and MSM to address the wide
spectrum of sexuality within the Latino community.
The project seeks to:
community partnerships with local and statewide
- Strengthen the prevention capacity/infrastructure
of local community institutions, assist local
communities in generating public policies that
promote prevention and intervention, medical
care and treatment, and research and evaluation
of youth health promotion programs.
- Produce an HIV prevention manual
with “boiler plate” activities that
can be modified by each site, so it can be culturally
and geographically appropriate and a Primer
for Community Leadership and Program Implementation
Casa Resource Center for Women (Denver, CO)
de Hidalgo County (Hidalgo County, TX)
3. CHOICES (Los Angeles, CA)
for Women & Ethnic Studies (New Orleans,
5. Our Gang, Inc. (Wichita, KS)
6. New Jersey-statewide
AHORA! came to an end in early 2005. During this
five-year program, National Latina Health Network
was able to provide training and education to
642 youth and has reached at least 1,284 youth
and their families.
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HIV is spread primarily through sexual practices
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