“Engaging with culture means dialogue, working with channels of communication that are favored and valued within a community…” – Ariel Rojas | TDN President/Founder
Our constituencies are adolescents and young adults exercising their sexual rights while negotiating how their cultural heritage and family traditions interplay with the realities of peer pressure, reproductive health and sexually-transmitted diseases, especially HIV, in environments not always conducive to communication and open dialogue. At each programming cycle, our organization has the capacity to serve 400 high school students and provide various internships to college students as well as field practice opportunities to graduate students engage in public health programs.
Through our pioneering development educational enhancement programs (d.e.e.p.), the RIPPLE Program™ and the BOLD Initiative™, TDN engages youth in a new kind of dialogue regarding health promotion and applies social sustainability cost effectively by implementing a PRE-primary prevention curriculum. Trained by NYCDOHMH Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, our team is equipped also to provide youth-friendly PrEP/PEP Decision-Making Education & Counseling.*
The programs identify and provide cultural antibodies** that allow young participants to assess risks and opportunities, improve their civic engagement and leadership skills, and organically expand their personal goals as well as their vision of a future linked to empowering social milieus. Combining educational, recreational and therapeutic elements, our curriculum brings innovation to the traditional healthcare model, bridge the wellness gap among youth of low-income and immigrant backgrounds, incorporate the community’s cultural values, and create a sense of ownership over their own health, which they need to sustain the development of their local communities and to compete fairly in today’s interdependent world.
Our groundbreaking methodology pursues the following objectives:
- Promote a different way of thinking and talking about health, especially HIV prevention, that better reflects the reality of culturally diverse communities.
- Encourage program participants to look at HIV prevention within their own communities, in all its manifestations and repercussions.
- Proactively engage participants in HIV prevention, helping them, in turn, to positively influence their informal networks of family, friends, peers and community.
- Enable technology as a capacity building tool and youth-led community projects involving social empowerment, cultural communication and mentorship.
- Enhance the understanding of HIV prevention in the public at large and circumvent social stigma.
In addition to educational enhancement programs, TDN leads a larger project named Tour to Health where our team foster strategic collaborations with other public and private entities to allow program participants develop their civic engagement skills through community outreach activities within the New York metropolitan area.
*PrEP = Pre-exposure Prophylaxis; PEP = Post-exposure Prophylaxis. Type of counseling that understands the critical role of context in determining risk behavior, and focuses on developing strategies to assist our program participants, who are HIV negative, avoid and/or overcome triggers or other situations that might make it difficult for them to achieve their sexual health promotion goals.
**term coined by TDN President & Founder Ariel Rojas
Disclaimer: The RIPPLE Program, the BOLD Initiative, the Tour to Health and the Cross-cultural Youth Coalition are trademarks of Transdiapora Network, Inc. They are protected by U.S. Copyright Laws and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of Transdiaspora Network, Inc. Copyright 2011 Transdiaspora Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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