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Street Smart

  • 09/25/2018

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    Street Smart is a 10-session intensive small-group skills-based intervention for runaway youth. The intervention focuses on providing access to health resources, making condoms available, training youth on personal skills, and training staff to help support the youth in changing their behavior. In small groups of 5-6, the youth discussed the following topics: basics about HIV/STD risk, assessing personal risk and avoiding sexual risk, the correct use male and female condoms, how substance use affects sexual control and judgment, identifying and managing triggers for unsafe sex, and problem solving. Each session, youth use a “Feeling Thermometer” to help the youth recognize and discuss their feelings. Youth are taught to cope with their feelings by practicing coping skills and relaxation skills to control feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and desire. The intervention focuses on positive self-talk to build self-esteem, help with difficult situations, and increase self-efficacy for safer sex. Tokens of appreciation and compliments are exchanged among the youth to provide positive support for appropriate behavior and meeting HIV-related goals. Activities to promote positive attitudes, increase self-efficacy, and build effective communication, personal, and technical skills include games, exercises, practicing, and role-playing. In addition, youth attended video and art workshops to develop media messages through soap opera dramas, public service announcements commercials, or raps to reinforce safer sex. An individual cou nseling session is provided to discuss attitudes, identify triggers and barriers, and develop a plan for coping and overcoming barriers to practice safer sex. Finally, youth visit a local community -based agency providing health and mental health care to learn about other available resources in the community.
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