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 New Roads to Health

The NEW ROADS TO HEALTH program aims to reduce substance abuse and transmission of HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and other health problems through youth-led, community outreach. Funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration), it delivers critical HIV, Viral Hepatitis, substance abuse and pregnancy prevention resources to court-involved youth and their communities in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and East New York, Brooklyn.

The Outreach Worker program recruits emerging professionals from CCA alumni who have expressed interest in careers in public health, social work and youth development. Outreach Workers learn foundational workforce skills such as professional communication and dress, facilitation skills and career preparedness while developing and delivering New Roads' Peer Leader Training and Community Outreach program. They reach 100 youth annually. Outreach Workers are encouraged to enroll in college and work towards their professional goals while working at CCA.

The Peer Leader Training program is available to CCA alumni. Peer Leaders lead youth teams who participate in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Pregnancy prevention training. Peer Leaders organize weekly outreach activities, design social media campaigns and develop an annual youth-run community health fair.

The Summer Health Education Camp is held in partnership with NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program. Up to 40 youth work at CCA for 25 hours/week as Peer Educators. They participate in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Pregnancy prevention training; organize weekly outreach activities, design social media campaigns and develop an annual youth-run community health fair.

A Project Advisory Board (PAB) of public and community-based stakeholders assists in planning, implementing and maintaining the initiative. A Youth Advisory Board (YAB), developed and run by participating youth, interacts closely with the PAB.

Site: Brooklyn, NY

Eligibility: Brooklyn youth

Contact: 718-858-9658

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