Prevent & Prevail is a program created by youth between the ages of 13 and 16 after learning that the HIV infection rate is highest in the 13-23 age group. The goal of Prevent & Prevail is to have open discussions in a safe, confidential, fun, and all inclusive environment. Teen facilitators receive over 20 hours of training before leading a series of information sessions and discussions for their peers.
Some of the topics of discussion include: sex, HIV and other STIs and STDs, relationships and intimacy, respect and consent, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and drugs. Teens learn how to keep themselves safe by practicing ways to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs and STDs in Washtenaw County, as well as how to prevent teen pregnancy and protect themselves within relationships. They also learn more about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, which not only gives TLGBQQ (transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning) youth information that is important to their lives, but also promotes acceptance and reduces teen-to-teen harassment and bullying due to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Prevent and Prevail, Chapter 2: Pregnancy focuses on what happens after teens find out they are pregnant. Topics covered include parenting, adoption, termination, communicating with parents and partners, navigating the legal system, creating budgets to cover expenses, and more.
All Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning (TLGBQQ), and allied youth between 12 and 17 are invited to participate.