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Educar a la Juventud (aka Educating Youth)

Posted by Ryan Morgan on January 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM
Tell Them‘s January social media campaign asks organizations, programs, and businesses in South Carolina, “What are you doing in 2014 to encourage healthier youth in SC? By: Julie Smithwick, Alison Voravudhi, Katie Elliott PASOs is hosted by the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and by integral partners across the state such as the Medical University of South Carolina, Greenville Memorial Hospital, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, and the Coastal Plain Rural Health Network. PASOs serves families from 28 South Carolina counties and works with over 200 organizations statewide. PASOs (which means “steps” in Spanish) is a community-based organization whose vision is a healthy South Carolina with healthy Latino communities. Our mission is to help the Latino communities of South Carolina and service providers work together for strong and healthy families. We do this through education, support, and grassroots leadership development.  Founded in 2005, PASOs provides: •  Culturally tailored educational workshops to promote the health and well being of Latino families. •  Help navigating the complicated and often overwhelming systems of health care and social services. •  Partnership with and training for organizations so they can provide more effective health and social services to the Latino population. •  Leadership development for grassroots Latino leaders who are creating positive changes in their communities. The PASOs program Cuidate, meaning “take care” in Spanish, is a proven and effective HIV-prevention curriculum for Latino youth ages 13 – 17 years that not only educates about HIV, but also about teen pregnancy and teen pregnancy prevention. PASOs was awarded funding for one year by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to facilitate the curriculum and hold classes in Greenville; Saluda and Newberry; and Richland and Lexington counties. Youth ages 12 – 18 are accepted and can expect to learn about a broad range of sexual health topics through interactive games and group activities. For more information, contact Edena Meetze at PASOs’ Midlands headquarters.

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