2017 Bright Idea
Office of the Bronx Borough President, NY
January 1, 2017
New York

The Bronx Borough President's Office and Jacobi Medical Center designed a model that places high school students in teaching positions at their schools and classrooms as HIV ambassadors. New York City high school students will work within an NYC hospital HIV and AIDS Clinic as administrative assistants for the first half of the school year, nine hours a week, while learning about HIV/AIDS with patients and hospital staff. Prior to completing their service learning hours, students will prepare to teach the HIV/AIDS curriculum under joint supervision of hospital staff and teachers. This curriculum, known as "HIV and Me," will be used by the students in peer education efforts. Upon completing the curriculum prep, students will teach the material back to their fellow peers in the classroom during the second half of the school year, making this a yearlong program.