Washington, DC has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the country – affecting mostly people of color. A 2001 CDC report stated that DC has 166 AIDS cases per 100,000 people and that “many [HIV positive] adults were likely infected during their teens and twenties and at least half of all new HIV infections in the US are among people under 25.” City Year will build a network of educated and engaged DC teens working to prevent their friends and fellow students from contracting HIV/AIDS.
City Year members organize students to launch their own school-based VYBE (Visionary Youth Becoming Empowered) chapters in at least 10 DC schools. City Year VYBE chapters work in their schools and form a citywide HIV education network for DC teens.
City Year will help launch 10 self-sustaining VYBE chapters in high schools creating a network of DC teens united to prevent the spread of HIV. The VYBE network will mobilize at least 150 student participants to reach at least 1,000 of their peers.
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