Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring)
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Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring)

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      Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring) is an evidence-based group-level youth development intervention designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among adolescents ages 11-14. Project AIM has specifically been shown to promote abstinence, delay the initiation of sex, and decrease the intention to engage in sex, without addressing controversial sex-related topics. It is designed to reach young adolescents during the critical pre-risk window, before sexual risk behaviors are initiated and become engrained, and provide motivation for healthy decision-making throughout adolescence. Project AIM is included in CDC’s Diffusing Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) program as an intervention with demonstrated potential to reduce new HIV infections and can also be found on the U.S. Health and Human Services list of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs.

      Project AIM is different from other youth HIV prevention programs, in that it affects change in sexual behavior without focusing explicitly on sexual risk. Project AIM’s efficacy to change youth behaviors is due to a holistic approach of helping youth to explore their future adult identities and develop specific problem-solving and goal-setting skills to support them in conceptualizing, planning for, and achieving their future dreams. Project AIM does not take the place of essential fact-based HIV prevention education but works alongside it to address deeper barriers to risk reduction, such as hopelessness and lack of motivation. Project AIM is especially well-suited for adolescents who have begun to feel saturated by repeated risk-reduction education.

      As a key partner agency for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC works with selected PEPFAR-supported countries to provide technical expertise for the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Project AIM.

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