Start with TTT – Teach, Test, & Treat
Our mission here at Urban Health Solutions is to continue to bridge the lack of preventive health education in our low income and minority communities. Unfortunately, South Philadelphia has some of the highest HIV and STD rates in the city. The BART (Becoming a Responsible Teen) program is an HIV prevention program with a proven track record. It was designed specifically to reduce the rate of infections in our adolescent population. In our judgement free zone we talk and learn about sex. Topics include HIV, AIDS, and other STIs, condom use, birth control, consent, making sexual decisions, effective communication, getting tested, getting treatment and alcohol and drug use. We help individuals clarify their own values about sexual activity, make decisions that will help them avoid being infected with HIV/AIDS/STIs and put these decisions into action. The program is offered free of charge to individuals ages 13-24 living in the following zip codes: 19145, 19146, 19147 and 19148.
Those who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and will be offered the opportunity to interview for a summer internship as a peer educator. The interns will assist with all aspects of the BART program and will be responsible for sharing this information with their peers. We also offer free and confidential testing and encourage everyone to know their status.
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Kolonji Smith/ Lead Navigator
My name is Kolonji Smith. I am a graduate of Penn Charter High School and received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. I am the Director of Adolescent Services here at Urban Health Solutions. We believe that the wellbeing of our people is our responsibility. Our goal is to set the foundation and help build a strong and healthy adolescent community. As a native Philadelphian I am all too aware of the difficulties this city presents, especially for African Americans. Preparation and awareness are the keys to combat these issues. We strive to equip the community with information vital for success. Our focus here at Urban Health Solutions is HIV health and prevention, but we also hope to educate the community in other areas including mental health, physical health and financial literacy. We aim to provide mentorship through work experience, as well as outreach and collaborations with local organizations. Through this community engagement our goal is to listen to our youth and build relationships with the community based on trust and respect.
Director, Adolescent Services
1408 S. Broad St. Floor 1
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215-775-6462 ext. 146
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 3pm-5pm
Before workshop, participants will:
- Recieve their welcome packet (includes: folder w/ STD facts, welcome letter, pack of condoms, BART shirt)
- Take the BART pretest
- Take the SBIRT survey
- Sharing Information
- Proud Family Video
- HIV and STDs
- Introduction to HIV Kahoot
- Don’t dance with the death
- Types of Birth Control
- Condom Use
- Condom Facts
- Birth control Kahoot
- Nightmare on AIDs Street
- Decisions and Negotiations
- Among us game
After completing the workshop, participants will:
- Submit post test
- Come in for free/confidential HIV testing
- Recieve their framed BART certificate
- Receive their gift card incentive