More About Our Program
FOCUS promotes school and community partnerships for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other adolescent risk behaviors. The program is based on a student-led approach and seeks to promote youth involvement in the planning of prevention activities. The class includes: FOCUS group training, peer helping, peer mediation, peer tutoring, violence prevention, and positive decision-making skills. Other features of the program include planning monthly health observances, a yearly school health fair, and service learning. Teacher training is provided through various Regional Education In-service Centers.
FOCUS is being replicated throughout the State of Alabama. The program is supported by the Alabama State Department of Education, Governor’s Commission on AIDS, community-based organizations, and local education associations.
Every year FOCUS hosts a major event tailored specifically for students.
Promotional consultants will:
• Schedule and meet with key individuals in school systems across the State of Alabama to provide program information, training, and promotion of FOCUS.
• Promote partnerships between community agencies and schools for youth involvement in prevention efforts.
• Participate in the ADPH’s State HIV/AIDS Prevention Council.
• Participate in the ADPH’s Area HIV/AIDS Prevention Networking Groups.
• Collaborate with the ADPH HIV/AIDS Prevention Coordinators and schools in implementation of the program.
FOCUS facilitators will be encouraged to:
• Promote student involvement in FOCUS.
• Participate in teacher training through ASDE Regional Education In-Service Centers.
• Plan and participate in monthly health observances, including but not limited to: Heart Health, World AIDS Day, Seat Belt Safety, Prevention of Underage Alcohol Use, Red Ribbon Week, Great American Smoke Out, and others as selected by the students and facilitators.
• Select and plan community service projects (2 per year).
• Maintain accurate and organized records on program activities and submit an end-of-the-year report.
• Complete survey information to determine the effectiveness of the program.
FOCUS schools gain access to the ADPH’s extensive resources, trustworthy and reliable information, support and guidance including:
• Support from the FOCUS Director and ADPH’s HIV Prevention Coordinators.
• Assistance in enhancing effective HIV prevention to meet, and exceed, the Alabama Department of Education’s minimum requirements.
• Notification of updates and advocacy issues from www.thefocusprogram.com.